Archive of 2012 January

27Jan2012

11 Solar Systems and 26 New Planets Found

11 Solar Systems and 26 New Planets Found! NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems - hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number o

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27Jan2012

Astronomy Without A Telescope

Astronomy Without A Telescope As hobbies go, astronomy has a tough reputation. Too hard, too expensive is what I often hear. The problem is simply that people often start on the wrong foot. In particular, they imagine that the

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26Jan2012

Voice of ‘Lost in Space’ Robot Dies

Voice of  ‘Lost in Space’ Robot Dies  Will Robinson is on his own when he gets out of “danger” from now on. Dick Tufeld, whose vocal talents gave life to the Robot on the 1960s sci-fi classic “Lost in Space,” die

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26Jan2012

Space Adventures Planning For Lunar Tourism

Space Adventures Planning For Lunar Tourism Eric Anderson, 37, is the founder of Space Adventures, a company that acts as the middleman for rich people who want to go to space and the Russian space program that sells the seat

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26Jan2012

NASA’s Manned Mission to Venus Scrubbed

NASA’s Manned Mission to Venus Scrubbed In the mid-1960s, before any Apollo hardware had flown with a crew, NASA was looking ahead and planning its next major programs. It was a bit of a challenge. After all, how do you top la

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26Jan2012

Largest Solar Storm Hit Earth Since 2003

Largest Solar Radiation Storm Since 2003 Now isn't this interesting!  I appeared on the ABC's program 'Star Stuff' a year or so back and made an announcement that the upcoming solar max and the period leading up to it would

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25Jan2012

Our ‘Astronomy Nights’ Still Thrill

Our Astronomy Nights  Still Thrill. Last Tuesday night we had a fantastic night! A large crowd of people from 4 states and one overseas visitor enjoyed a 90 minute presentation and astro viewing by Astro Dave at our regular

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25Jan2012

Who Owns Space History?

Who Owns Space History? In Lovell’s case, the checklist is so valuable because it contains Lovell’s hand written calculations he used to navigate the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft after its oxygen tank exploded. That’s

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24Jan2012

Earth Probably Has Two Moons

Earth Probably Has Two Moons As residents of Earth, we've grown accustomed to having just one moon. Let Saturn and its 62 moons be the solar system's showboat; that just leaves us on this planet to enjoy our single natural sate

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24Jan2012

NASA Designing a Comet Harpoon

NASA Designing a Comet Harpoon Comets are a source of endless fascination for astronomers. Those frozen balls of ice and dust could hold key information about the origin of the planets in our solar system, and of life itself.

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24Jan2012

What Happens When The Sun Dies?

What Happens When The Sun Dies? Our solar system is about 4.6 billion years old, counting from the time the Sun fully developed onwards. Still, someday, things will change, and the Sun will eventually reach the end of its burni

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21Jan2012

What To Do When Stuff Falls From The Sky

What To Do When Stuff Falls From The Sky In the past six months, it seems something has fallen from the sky every second minute. In September, the UARS satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a media frenzy. In

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21Jan2012

Proposal Would Keep Calendar Same Every Year

Proposal Would Keep Calendar Same Every Year Each year, Jan. 1 falls on a different day of the week, and the entire following year shifts accordingly. Schools, sports teams, businesses and banks spend many hours and millions

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21Jan2012

Did the U.S. Kill the Ill-Fated Russian Mars Probe?

Did the U.S. Kill the Ill-Fated Russian Mars Probe? It sounds like a storyline lifted straight from the plot of a James Bond movie: The Russians launch a probe to Mars but, inexplicably, the spacecraft goes silent just as it

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20Jan2012

Psychic Fails On National TV

Psychic Fails On National TV Video: Psychic Char Margolis claims she has special gifts to see spirits, read thoughts and predict the future. We think that about covers what goes wrong with this segment on WGN Morning News. La

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20Jan2012

Vote for Enabling City Kids to See Starry Skies

Vote for Enabling City Kids to See Starry Skies Now here’s a refreshing idea: create a “dark sky oasis” in suburban locations where city-dwellers can gather to see the stars and learn about the night sky. The International

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