Archive of 2013 March

29Mar2013

Understanding Telescopes – What’s A Newtonian Reflector?

Understanding Telescopes - What's A Newtonian Reflector? Newtonian The first reflecting telescope, built in 1668, is attributed to Sir Isaac Newton. The idea was to replace refracting lenses with a strong reflecting surface placed on a mirror. (more…)

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29Mar2013

The Doll That Helped Soviets Beat The U.S. To Space

When the Soviets Sent a Dummy Into Space. On March 25, 1961, a group of peasants in Izhevsk, a village near the Ural Mountains in the center of the Soviet Union, watched a man fall from the clear blue sky. (more…)

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29Mar2013

Green Meteorite May Be from Mercury

Green Meteorite May Be from Mercury  Scientists may have discovered the first meteorite from Mercury.The green rock found in Morocco last year may be the first known visitor from the innermost planet. (more…)

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29Mar2013

Buzz Aldrin On Mars

MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration. In a new book from National Geographic, celebrated astronaut and bestselling author Buzz Aldrin boldly advocates continuing exploration of our solar system. In MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic Books - on sale May 7; hardcover), by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David, Aldrin lays out his goals for the space program and how he believes we can get humans to Mars by the 2030s, a vision shared by President Obama and one that is fortified by private industry and international cooperation. In the book, which includes a foreword by Aldrin’s son Andrew, Aldrin makes the case and argues

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29Mar2013

NASA Wants $100 Million To Catch An Asteroid

NASA Wants $100 Million To Catch An Asteroid. NASA’s fiscal 2014 budget request will include $100 million for a new mission to find a small asteroid, capture it with a robotic spacecraft and bring it into range of human explorers. (more…)

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28Mar2013

Apollo 13 Artifact Sells For $84,100 At Space Auction

 Apollo 13 Artifact Rakes In $84,100 At Space History Auction A keepsake from NASA's nearly disastrous Apollo 13 mission of 1970 nabbed top spot in an auction Monday of more than 300 artifacts from the early years of the U.S. space program. (more…)

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28Mar2013

Apollo 11 Rocket Engines Retrieved From Ocean Floor

Apollo 11 Rocket Engines Rescued From Ocean Floor Two enormous rocket engines that helped power the Apollo astronauts to the Moon have been retrieved from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It was truly an historic occasion. (more…)

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28Mar2013

Saturn is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests

Saturn is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests. A new analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn's moons and rings are gently worn vintage goods from around the time of our solar system's birth. (more…)

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28Mar2013

Huge Comet Likely To Hit Mars

 Huge Comet Likely To Hit Mars.  In this new ScienceCast video experts discuss what might happen if Comet 2013 A1 hits Mars. Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars.  (more…)

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28Mar2013

The Astronomy Of Easter

 The Astronomy Of Easter.  The Date of Easter. The date of Easter is primarily used for liturgical purposes. Up to the 8th century AD there was no uniform method for determining the date of Easter making things difficult at best. (more…)

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28Mar2013

Join In Global Astronomy Month

Join In Global Astronomy Month. How bright is your night sky? A sky full of light pollution increases energy consumption and has deleterious effects on human health and wildlife.It's fast becoming a  major problem. (more…)

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27Mar2013

Clues From Kepler’s Supernova Clarifies Cosmic Distances

Clues From Kepler's Supernova Clarifies Cosmic Distances. The NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been busy... Busy with a very famous supernova. Discovered in 1604 by Johannes Kepler, this particular type of supernova is interesting. (more…)

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27Mar2013

Black Hole Binary Star’s Record Breaking Speed

Black Hole Binary Star Orbits At Record Breaking Speed Through the eyes of ESA's XMM-Newton Space Telescope, astronomers have caught a black hole and star in the act... the act of orbiting each other at rate of once every 2.4 hours! (more…)

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27Mar2013

Sideline Quasars Responsible For Slowing Galaxy Formation?

Sideline Quasars Responsible For Slowing Galaxy Formation? According to a new study from astronomers at the University of Colorado, one of the brightest quasars known formed some 11 billion years ago with interesting ramifications. (more…)

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21Mar2013

Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space.  NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. (more…)

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20Mar2013

Get Ready For Earth Hour Saturday Night

Get Ready For Earth Hour 23 March 2013 @ 8.30pm If there’s any such thing as a global holiday it should be Earth Hour.  Earth Hour is one day each year where governments, businesses, and individuals turn off their lights for one hour. (more…)

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