Archive of 2014 December

30Dec2015

Outer Solar System Likely To Collide With Orange Dwarf Star

A local orange dwarf star has a 90 percent probability of passing within the orbit of our outer solar system’s Oort Cloud between 240,000 and 470,000 years from now, says the author of a new study. (more…)

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30Dec2015

Binocular Comet Lovejoy Heading North

A new Comet Lovejoy, designated C/2014 Q2, is heading our way out of deep space and out of the deep southern sky. It may brighten to 5th magnitude from late December through much of January. (more…)

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29Dec2015

How This Space Hoax Fooled Over One Million On Facebook

If you’ve been paying attention on Facebook recently, you might have noticed a friend or two sharing a story about a phenomenon that would supposedly be happening in early January of 2015. (more…)

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28Dec2014

Review: 2015 Australasian Sky Guide

Around this time each year I get excited and eagerly await the inevitable new release of books, magazines and associated software ready for review.  Electronic technology is fine  but print  still holds a fascination for me. (more…)

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27Dec2014

NASA To Deploy Manned Solar Powered Airships To Venus

Despite its hellish surface, Venus turns out to be quite an attractive planet for exploration. NASA scientists are developing a project of conquering its upper atmosphere in a bold new plan that just might work. (more…)

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27Dec2014

Hundreds Of Pluto-Size Protoplanets Orbiting Young Star

U.S. astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array have captured a remarkable image of a young star, HD 107146, surrounded by a deep layer of dust. Its very significant! (more…)

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27Dec2014

China’s Moon Rover – Best Chang’e-3 Mission Pictures

It’s been just over a year since China wowed the world with the first soft Moon landing in almost 40 years. The Chang’e-3 robotic lander made it all the way to Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) on Dec. 14, 2013. (more…)

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27Dec2014

Australian Rocketry’s Thunda Down Under 2015

DON'T MISS THIS FIRST-TIME EVER EVENT. Australian Rocketry’s Thunda Down Under will showcase the biggest, best and the most spectacular rocket launches from across the globe. (more…)

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27Dec2014

Comet Q2 Lovejoy Set To Ring In The New Year

Keeping warm? Yesterday marked the start of astronomical winter for the northern hemisphere, meaning long nights and (hopefully) clear, cold skies. But we’ve also got another reason to brave the cold this week. (more…)

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27Dec2014

Announcing The World-Wide Solstice Festival

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN W. O'NEAL II - Please get right behind this amazing new initiative for 2015:  Over the last few years I've done a fair amount of public outreach, as an individual & as an astro club member. (more…)

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26Dec2014

The Potsdam Gravity Potato

Why do some places on Earth have higher gravity than others?. To help better understand the Earth's surface, sensitive measurements by the orbiting satellites GRACE and CHAMP were used to create a map. (more…)

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23Dec2014

Black Holes – A Matter Of Scale

One of the fascinating and dramatic things about black holes is their scale. In principle, black holes are determined by density. If matter reaches a critical density, then it will collapse under its own weight. (more…)

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22Dec2014

Eta Carinae Is Gonna Blow

Eta Carinae is about 7,500 light years away, and its going to explode any time now. Mind you, “any time now” means sometime over the next ten to twenty thousand years or so. But recently the star been in the news again. (more…)

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22Dec2014

Grammar Infographic Shows Why Writing Skills Matter

Educational Article: Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors. I need this to reduce errors in my articles as much as possible. (more…)

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20Dec2014

‘Reborn’ Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New Exoplanet

Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new super-Earth using data collected during its “second life,” known as the K2 mission. (more…)

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20Dec2014

India’s biggest Rocket Blasts Into Space

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday carrying an unmanned capsule that could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme. (more…)

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