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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013, show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s A ring—the outermost of the planet’s large, bright rings. One of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and the Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in that moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial life.   Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from vents [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of its destination comet, after waking up from deep-space hibernation on 20 January. Two ‘first light’ images were taken on 20 and 21 March by the OSIRIS wide-angle camera and narrow-angle camera, as part of six weeks of activities dedicated to preparing the spacecraft’s science instruments for close-up study of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Observations at many sites in South America have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo, only 100 miles in diameter, is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the solar system—after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune—to have this feature. “We weren't [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All this, of course, was just theory—until now. Researchers announced March 17 the first direct evidence for this cosmic [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Kepler mission recently announced the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. This brings to nearly 1700 the total number of “exoplanets” found thus far within our galaxy. “The Kepler team continues to amaze and excite us with their planet-hunting results,” said John Grunsfeld, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

DIAMONDS IN THE SCORPION’S TAIL. A new image from the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla telescope in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7. Easily spotted with the naked eye close to the tail of the constellation of Scorpius, it is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars in the sky—making it an important astronomical research target. Messier 7, also known as NGC [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Europe’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. Once this space telescope starts making routine measurements, it will generate truly enormous amounts of data. To maximize the key science of the mission, only small ‘cut-outs’ centered on each of the stars it detects will be sent back to Earth for analysis. Professor Gerry Gilmore, from the University of Cambridge [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January. Only about 1.5 inches wide, the white-rimmed, red-centered rock caused a stir last month when it appeared in an image the rover took Jan. 8 at a location where it [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Peanuts, anyone? It turns out there’s a big one in the sky—a strange peanut-shaped asteroid named 25143 Itokawa, about one-third of a mile long and roughly half that wide. By making exquisitely precise measurements using the European Southern Observatory’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) in Chile, astronomers have found that different parts of this asteroid have different densities. This [...]

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