Archive of 2015 March

24Mar2015

The Smuggled Space Sandwich

  Just about two hours into the flight of Gemini 3, NASA's first two-man space mission 50 years ago Monday (March 23), pilot John Young reached into his spacesuit's pocket and pulled out a surprise. (more…)

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23Mar2015

Backyard Astronomy With Your Smartphone

Our Aussie skies are sparkling at the moment so why not get outside tonight with me under the stars from your own backyard. You won’t be disappointed with so much on offer for March. (more…)

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21Mar2015

Beer Brewed With ‘Space Yeast’

In the hallowed halls of a crowded bottle shop, it can almost seem as though there are more craft beers on the market than there are stars in the sky. (more…)

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21Mar2015

Public Asked To Help Name Features On Pluto

On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons (http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons) spacecraft will fly past Pluto, offering the first close-up look at that small, distant world and its largest moon, Charon. (more…)

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21Mar2015

Eclipse Photo Faked

A lie spreads around Twitter faster than the truth can get its boots on, and the solar eclipse was no exception when this apparently stunning picture. (more…)

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21Mar2015

Mars One Finalist Explains How It‘s Ripping Off Supporters

When Joseph first signed up with Mars One — the media-hyped, one-way mission to colonize the red planet being floated by a Dutch non-profit — he didn’t think much of it.In fact the whole idea held interest. (more…)

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21Mar2015

Jay Pasachoff Observes Solar Eclipse In Svalbard

Astronomer Jay Pasachoff, who observed today’s total solar eclipse at the top of the world at 78° north latitude in Svalbard, reports success of his expedition.He's the ultimate eclipse chaser! (more…)

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21Mar2015

Could There Be Another Planet Behind the Sun?

If you’ve read your share of sci-fi, and I know you have, you’ve read stories about another Earth-sized planet orbiting on the other side of the Solar System, blocked by the Sun. Could it really be there? (more…)

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21Mar2015

When Light Just Isn’t Fast Enough

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.  (more…)

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20Mar2015

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Flight Suit Bought In Thrift Store

Call it a cosmic connection. Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s flight suit mysteriously shows up in local thrift shop, where it languishes unnoticed.Right place - right time! (more…)

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20Mar2015

The Second Monkey In Space Looked Profoundly Uncomfortable

If you know your space animals you're probably already familiar with Ham, the first chimp America ever launched into space. You also probably know Laika, the great Russian space dog and the first animal to orbit Earth. (more…)

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20Mar2015

Why Friday’s Solar Eclipse Will Be The Stuff Of Legends

For many people around the world, a solar eclipse is as much a cultural event as it is an astronomical one. Here are some tips on viewing it safely.Remember the golden rule. do not look at th Sun with unprotected eyes. (more…)

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20Mar2015

Selfie Danger During Solar Eclipse, Eye Experts Warn

Taking pictures of Friday's solar eclipse on a smartphone could put people at risk of blindness, eye experts warn. The College of Optometrists says the danger comes should people look directly at the Sun this week. (more…)

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19Mar2015

Orbiter Captures Brightest Recorded Explosion On Moon

Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has acquired the images of the lunar surface before and after the largest recorded explosion occurred on the lunar surface. On March 17,a pretty dramatic event occurred. (more…)

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19Mar2015

Wow! Mars Has Amazing Auroras

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. (more…)

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19Mar2015

The Billionaire’s Race To Harness The Moon’s Resources

As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. (more…)

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