Archive of 2014 July

31Jul2014

5 Reasons Astronomy Still Matters

  Throughout History humans have looked to the sky to navigate the vast oceans, to decide when to plant their crops and to answer questions of where we came from and how we got here. (more…)

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31Jul2014

A Graphic Guide To All The Garbage In Space

Where humans go, garbage tends to follow — and space is no exception. And much like the buildup of trash on Earth, the accumulation of junk in space poses a problem for future generations. (more…)

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31Jul2014

Book Review – Alien Universe

Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos Author: Don Lincoln I immediately warmed to this book. It’s superbly written in terms the average lay person can understand. (more…)

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31Jul2014

Happy 56th Birthday, NASA!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is such a part of our lives that it’s hard to image it not existing. But on July 29, 1958, Congress and the President moved to make NASA a reality. (more…)

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29Jul2014

Man Rescued From Bottom Of Meteor Crater

A 28-year-old California man was listed in stable condition at the Flagstaff Medical Centre following an all-night rescue in the bitter cold at Meteor Crater east of Flagstaff. Certainly an unusual rescue operation. (more…)

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27Jul2014

The Planet That Never Was

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, but that wasn’t always the case. To be more precise, there was a time when it was thought our solar system had a planet even closer to the Sun, known as Vulcan. (more…)

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27Jul2014

Investigating A Haunting

We don't normally cover super natural stories but this one piqued my interest, simply because of the relative benign aspect of the house, its occupants and the seemingly strange events reported there. (more…)

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26Jul2014

Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19. (more…)

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26Jul2014

5 Massive New Telescopes Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. (more…)

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26Jul2014

Voyager Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

  In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, travelling further from Earth than any other man-made object. It made world headlines. (more…)

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26Jul2014

Parkes And Narrabri Telescopes May Shut Within Two Years

The radio telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri may shut within two years “without substantial, long-term external investment”, the chief of the CSIRO’s space research division has warned. Bad news for history. (more…)

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26Jul2014

How Humans Will Look In 100,000 Years

The future is always unknown, especially the distant future, but that shouldn’t stop us from making educated guesses. That’s exactly what artist Nickolay Lamm did with help from Dr. Alan Kwan. (more…)

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25Jul2014

The Day We Dodged A Solar Bullet

On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds are known as coronal mass ejections. (more…)

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25Jul2014

Why Has The Sun Gone So Quiet?

The sun has gone quiet…solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century. Ten days ago, the sun was quite active and peppered with several large spots, easily observed. (more…)

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25Jul2014

Finding ET By Targeting Alien Polluters

Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. (more…)

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22Jul2014

Space Hotel Set to Welcome Guests By 2016

  The age of space exploration being available to non-astronauts is fast approaching. So quickly that the Russian space company, Orbital Technologies, is saying that they are developing a space hotel that is set to welcome guests by 2016. (more…)

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