Archive of 2014 April

30Apr2014

Why Is The Earth Moving Away From The Sun?

  Skywatchers have been trying to gauge the sun-Earth distance for thousands of years. In the third century BC, Aristarchus of Samos, notable as the first to argue for a heliocentric solar system. (more…)

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30Apr2014

Skygazing The Southern Autumn Skies

Autumn in Australia, especially May,  is great for sky gazers. We have some of the best skies in the world full of bright stars, clusters, prominent constellations and fascinating celestial sights. (more…)

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29Apr2014

Introducing Future Mars Walker Alyssa Carson

There are a lot of ways one could feel inspired in astronomy, whether it’s from looking at a galaxy located millions or even billions of light years away, or landing a rover on another planet. (more…)

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28Apr2014

Laptop Clinton Used To Email Space Auctioned For $60K

Long before the first Instagram was sent from space, the first ever check-in from orbit, or even the first astronaut's tweet, John Glenn sent an email. But this wasn't just any email. (more…)

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28Apr2014

NASA Chief Tells Critics ‘Get Over It’

For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: "Get over it, to be blunt." (more…)

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27Apr2014

Telescope Burns Down Astronomer’s Home

  Firefighters suspect a 14-inch telescope left outside in sunlight sparked a fire that damaged a suburban home in Arizona. Sounds crazy doesn't it, but it can and did happen and its a warning for all. (more…)

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26Apr2014

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

 Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there though. (more…)

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26Apr2014

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  Apollo 11 - The Untold Story   These are just some of those amazing facts: * As we all watched Armstrong set foot on the Moon we all thought we were watching the direct transmission – but we weren’t seeing for real. (more…)

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25Apr2014

What Are The Dangers Of Living On Mars?

  Permanently living on Mars would wreak all sorts of damage on the human body. Its a serious concern and one not taken lightly because of the devastating effects. Here are the main concerns: (more…)

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25Apr2014

Could Astronaut Urine Fuel a Trip to Mars?

Pee and other human waste certainly aren't the most glamorous aspects of space, but all the same, they're a practical problem for those in orbit. A number of things need to be considered. (more…)

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25Apr2014

ANZAC And The Spirit Of The Southern Cross

  From Eureka to Ned Kelly, from Gallipoli and in the minefields of Victoria, to the birth of the ALP... the Southern Cross flag has been the symbol for a rebellious and proud Australian spirit. (more…)

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24Apr2014

Astronauts Plan $250 Million Asteroid Telescope To Stop Disaster

 Apollo astronauts warn only "blind luck" has prevented worse disasters as they push for $250 million telescope to spot asteroids on collision course with Earth. But is anyone really listening? (more…)

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24Apr2014

Americans Skeptical About Big Bang Theory

While most scientists believe the universe began with the Big Bang, many Americans put a big question mark on the theory and wonder about it, according to an Associated Press/GfK poll. (more…)

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23Apr2014

Dangerous Asteroid Impacts Hit Earth Every Six Months

  A study using data from monitoring stations designed to enforce a nuclear test ban treaty shows that the Earth is enduring far more dangerous asteroid impacts than previously thought. (more…)

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23Apr2014

A Mars Mission for Budget Travelers

Sending astronauts to Mars could be done at a small fraction of the cost of developing and flying the F-35 fighter jet, according to a rough estimate by a panel of NASA, industry, and academic experts. (more…)

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22Apr2014

Partial Solar Eclipse, April 29 2014

On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29, there will be a partial solar eclipse right across most of Australia. It starts just before sunset and should be an impressive sight in all our skies. (more…)

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