Archive of 2016

18Dec2016

The Top 15 Space Events In 2016

2016 was a big year for research and discovery in space. So here are the top 10 space events that I got most excited about in 2016. OK, mark your calendar, grab your telescope, and take a look at some of 2016's unforgettable events. (more…)

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17Dec2016

Apollo 11 Moon Rock Bag Belongs To Buyer, Not NASA

An Illinois woman is the legal owner of an Apollo 11 lunar sample storage bag that was mistakenly sold by the United States government at auction, a judge ruled on Wednesday 14 December 2016. (more…)

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17Dec2016

Meat And Potato Treat ‘Sent Into Space’…True!

A meat and potato pie attached to a weather balloon has been "sent into space". The pioneering pastry - believed to be the first ever launched into the stratosphere - was launched from Wigan. (more…)

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16Dec2016

Why Care About Astronomy?

Indeed, why care? Why should we?  Shannon Hall presents this incredibly deep and probing report:  I need to get something off my chest. (more…)

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16Dec2016

Einstein’s Letter About God

Do Scientists Pray? Einstein answers a little girl’s question about Science vs. Religion. He was always being asked his opinion on life, God and the Universe. (more…)

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16Dec2016

NASA Photographs White Storm On Jupiter Almost Big As Earth

Massive storms whirl their way across the surface of Jupiter, the planet so massive that its gravity pulls at the sun, affecting its orbit. The most famous of these is the mysterious Great Red Spot. (more…)

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16Dec2016

NASA Warns Earth Totally Unprepared For Surprise Asteroid Strike

NASA is certainly not in the business of spreading panic over asteroid strikes - every time one comes close, we see yet another press release warning of the potential dangers to our fragile planet. (more…)

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15Dec2016

The Top Ten Astronomy Fails

In this post  by Daniel Elijah he has decided to inject a bit of comedy and concentrate on some of the funny and embarrassing things that have happened to him or to others whilst trying (and sometimes failing) to do astronomy. (more…)

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14Dec2016

Telescope Raffle Winner Drawn

The raffle draw for the Dobsonian telescope package was made on Wednesday afternoon December 14. The first name drawn out from the many hundreds of entries was Hastings resident, Larry Kirkman. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Distant Galaxy Churning Out Stars At Remarkable Rate

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently-discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Ancient Eclipse Records Revise Earth’s Spin Calculations

Observations of ancient astronomers from the time of the Babylonians reveal our modern days aren't getting quite as long as they should be. Scientists have long known the Earth's spin is slowing down and the days are getting longer. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Oh Great, So Alpha Centauri Isn’t Alpha Centauri Anymore

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) may have supervillain status among some sky enthusiasts for its decision to demote Pluto from planet to dwarf planet 10 years ago. (more…)

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09Dec2016

John Glenn, Last Remaining Mercury Astronaut, Dies at Age 95

John Glenn, a military vet turned space pioneer, has died at the age of 95.  After flying 59 combat missions in World War II, Glenn became an early recruit into NASA's Mercury program. (more…)

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08Dec2016

Black Holes Are Sending Quantum Messages In The Universe

 The black holes have sparked public imagination for almost 100 years. Spinning black holes are capable to implement complex quantum information processes with qubits encoded in the X-ray photons emitted by the accretion disc. (more…)

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04Dec2016

Earth-Like Extrasolar Planet Could Harbor Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of Tokyo, and the Astrobiology Center have nailed down an important property of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet while it was in transit. (more…)

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04Dec2016

CSIRO Covered Up Sexual Harassment/ Bullying At Astronomy Dept.

Senior astronomers have accused CSIRO of failing to address a culture of bullying and sexual harassment in its astronomy department. CSIRO has conducted 16 investigations into alleged professional misconduct since 2008. (more…)

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