Archive of 2015 February

21Feb2015

How I Photograph The Moon & Planets With My Phone

Story written by Andrew Symes of Ottawa, Ontario: I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras makes it possible. (more…)

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21Feb2015

NASA’s Designs To Explore Titan and Europa

NASA has unveiled at this year's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium a possible design for a submersible robot for use in exploring the liquid methane/ethane seas on Saturn's moon Titan. (more…)

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21Feb2015

Don’t Look Too Closely, Black Holes Might Disappear

We’ve come a long way in 13.8 billion years; but despite our impressively extensive understanding of the Universe, there are still a few strings left untied. How many unsolved mysteries or contradictions do you know of? (more…)

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21Feb2015

Australian Company Creating Space Signposts

Navigating the Solar System is about to get easier. Sydney Based Aerospace Engineer Robert Brand has begun work on paving the space highways with new Navigation Aids.  Sounds kinda futuristic doesn't it? It is! (more…)

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20Feb2015

Giving Shape To Black Holes’ Intense Winds

By looking at the speed of ambient gas spewing out from a well-known quasar, astronomers using cutting edge physics are gaining insight into how black holes and their host galaxies might have evolved at the same time. (more…)

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20Feb2015

If The Planets Replaced Our Moon

YouTuber yeti dynamics was curious what our sky would look like if the planets in our solar system replaced our moon. He figured out the radii of the moon and planets to get started. Now this is cool! (more…)

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20Feb2015

When Light Just Isn’t Fast Enough

Take a speed of light trip across the solar system starting at the Sun We’ve heard it over and over. There’s nothing faster than the speed of light. Einstein set the speed limit at 186,000 miles per second (299,792 km/sec). No material object can theoretically travel faster than this.  (more…)

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18Feb2015

Sun’s 18th Century Activity Was Similar To Now

Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardise things. (more…)

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17Feb2015

How Does The Moon Stay “Suspended” In The Air?

This question has two answers: elementary and subtle. The elementary answer stems from Newton's laws of gravity. A complete answer, however, was only worked out by Einstein at the start of the last century. (more…)

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17Feb2015

Sagan remembered 25 Years On In A Mote Of Dust

It is a wonderful thing that words written many years ago can inspire people today. When Carl Sagan wrote his essay “Reflections on a Mote of Dust” (commonly called “Pale Blue Dot”), he must have known how special it was. (more…)

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15Feb2015

Meet Three People Who Intend To Die On Mars

How badly do you want to go to Mars? So badly that you’re willing to make it a one-way trip. And if you’re lucky, LUCKY, you might get a chance to live out a full life on the surface of the Red Planet.  But be warned. (more…)

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14Feb2015

Tammy Plotner Has Passed Away

Tammy Plotner, just passed away after a long struggle with MS. I got to know Tammy quite well and she wrote many excellent articles for me on my Astro Space News pages. World renowned - many including me will miss her. (more…)

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14Feb2015

Anniversary – The Discovery Of Pluto

The name Pluto is synonymous with our learning the planet positions. But how did it all begin? Well, in the 1840s, using Newtonian mechanics, Urbain Le Verrier predicted the position of the then-undiscovered planet Neptune. (more…)

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12Feb2015

Rare Apollo 11 Find Unearthed

Just when you thought there was nothing more to be known about the first Moon landing in 1969 comes this amazing discovery. More than 45 years after Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface a dramatic find was made. (more…)

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10Feb2015

Is This The Real Roswell Alien Footage?

A magazine claims it has discovered the “authentic Roswell footage,” which shows U.S. military personnel at Area 51 in 1947 carrying a dead alien recovered from the Roswell UFO crash site. Is this deja vu? (more…)

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10Feb2015

Experts Gather – Should We Send Messages To Aliens

  This coming weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, experts will be discussing the potential benefits and risks of a SETI scheme in which messages about Earth. (more…)

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