Archive of 2012 April

30Apr2012

Product Spotlight – Moonglow Technologies All Sky Cam

Product Spotlight - Moonglow Technologies All Sky Cam So when it comes to messin' around with a lot of fancy equipment, I love to see the results - but I'm afraid of the technology behind it. (more…)

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29Apr2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise Soars Over NYC

Space Shuttle Enterprise Soars Over NYC Juan Gonzalez Thousands of excited space fans thronged viewing spots to see Space Shuttle Enterprise ferried to New York and home at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum on the West Side. (more…)

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25Apr2012

Jonathan Swift – Author or Astronomer?

Jonathan Swift – Author or Astronomer? Most people would have heard of the wonderful adventure story called Gullivers Travels written by Irish-Anglo author Jonathan Swift.  Few would realise that it was written almost 300 years ago,in 1726. It contains a remarkable astronomical prediction. (more…)

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25Apr2012

Hubble – 22 Years of Amazing Images

The Best of Hubble: 22 Years of Amazing Images 22 years ago today (April 24), the Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit. After overcoming initial problems, Hubble has gone on to become legendary, helping scientists to rewrite astronomy textbooks. (more…)

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25Apr2012

New Colliding Galaxy Cluster Discovered!

New Colliding Galaxy Cluster Discovered...The “Musketball”  Located about 5.2 billion light years away from Earth, a galaxy group is showing its “stuff” from a time about 700 million years after it began merging. It has been nicknamed the “Musketball Cluster” (more…)

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25Apr2012

Revealed – Moon Is Earth’s Baby

Titanium Testing Reveals Moon Is Earth’s Baby  Even though it has been some four decades since the Apollo mission returned to Earth with their precious cargo of lunar soil and rock samples, these old samples are still teaching us new things. According to a recent study of Moon matter, the chemical signature blows away the common theory that the Moon was a product of a collision. According to the giant impactor scenario, the Moon may have formed when Earth and a hypothetical Mars-sized body referred to as “Theia” collided some 4.5 billion years ago. However, graduate student, Junjun Zhang of the University of Chicago, may prove otherwise. By analyzing the titanium content of lunar samples, Earth and meteorites, she speculates the Moon’s composition comes solely from Earth. (more…)

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25Apr2012

Why Can’t We See Evidence of Alien Life?

 Why Can't We See Evidence of Alien Life?  Given the vast number of planets in the universe, many much older than Earth, why haven't we yet seen obvious signs of alien life? The potential answers to this question are numerous and intriguing, alarming and hopeful. (more…)

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25Apr2012

Australia/New Zealand SKA Project In Business

Australia-New Zealand Square Kilometre Array... In Business For Astrophysics Located in the wilds of Western Australia, the CSIRO Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory (MRO) has been selected by Australia and New Zealand to the the home of the high-density core of the multi-billion dollar Square Kilometer Array (SKA). (more…)

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24Apr2012

Introducing The Meade LX600-ACF Telescope Series

Introducing The Meade LX600-ACF Telescope  Are you interested in the new telescope in town? The Meade LX600 series is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your camera and opening the shutter. (more…)

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22Apr2012

How Big Was This Massive Solar Flare?

 How Big Was This Massive Solar Flare? The M1.7-class flare that erupted from active region 1461 on Monday, April 16 let loose an enormous coronal mass ejection many, many times the size of Earth, making this particular writer very happy that our planet was safely tucked out of aim at the time… and 150 kilometres away. The image above was obtained by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s AIA 304 imaging instrument last Monday during the height of the event. We've rotated the disc of the Sun 90 degrees to get a landscape look over the eas

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20Apr2012

Buzz Aldrin Backs Aussie As First On Mars

Buzz Aldrin Backs Aussie As First On Mars Buzz Aldrin backs an Australian to be the first person on Mars. Really! The second man to step foot on the Moon - Buzz Aldrin - believes an Australian could become the first to walk on the Red Planet. We've been in the background too long and our time has come. The astronaut who has dedicated his life to space exploration said Australia had a pioneering spirit and our red centre was the perfect location for training missions should the human race choose to colonise the red planet. "There is a pione

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20Apr2012

See Big Bright Saturn This Weekend

See Big and Bright Saturn This Weekend. Now is the time to take a look at the planet Saturn, as the ringed planet . It made its closest approach to Earth on April 15, 2012. Its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun, so get out those telescopes, binoculars and your imaging equipment! We want to see your photos! Efrain Morales from the Jaicoa Observatory took this image of Saturn and some of its moons on April 3. The giant planet’s rings are now optimally angled at over 13 degrees, revealing them better than they have appeared in the past

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19Apr2012

1960’s Space Oddity Remembered

1960's Space Oddity Remembered Ok, here's one for all the resident space smarties. I didn't know of this. Wonder if you do... read on with this story supplied by reader John Vance. Thanks John. What Peculiar Objects Were Launched Into Space During the 1960s to Facilitate Military Communication? Prior to the advent of modern satellite communication networks, global communication were carried out either by lengthy undersea cables or by bouncing communications off the Earth’s ionosphere. During the height of the Cold War, the US Military bec

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19Apr2012

Discovery’s Final Resting Place

Discovery's Final Resting Place Space Shuttle Discovery, atop its Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, flew over the US national capital region on April 17, 2012 on the final leg of its ferry flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, on the way to its final home at the National And & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The image above shows the duo flying near the U.S. Capitol and the video below shows views of Discovery from various vantage points in Washington D.C. Space

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18Apr2012

Mercury is Full of Surprises

Wrinkled Mercury is Full of Surprises Until relatively recently, Mercury was one of the most poorly understood planets in the inner solar system. The MESSENGER mission to Mercury, is changing all of the that. New results from the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) and gravity measurements are showing us that the planet closest to our sun is thin skinned and wrinkled, which is very different from what we originally thought. The MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft was launched back in 2004. It took a

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18Apr2012

Why is the Moon Bigger at the Horizon?

 Why is the Moon Bigger at the Horizon? We've all been there, done it and got the t-shirt; glanced out the window and noticed a stunning, slightly orange-colored yet huge moon peeping over the horizon. Maybe you've even tried to take a photograph of it only to be disappointed when confronted with a tiny image of the moon's disk. That's not how you remembered it... right? You my friend have been duped, not by the strange effects of the Earth's atmosphere but by one of nature's very own optical illusions. It's fair to say at this point t

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