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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a rare celestial event, with coverage of the transit of the Sun by planet Mercury during the morning of Monday, May 9. Mercury passes directly between Earth and the Sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Viewing this event safely requires a telescope fitted with a solar filter. NASA offers several ways for the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

No, it’s not Star Trek yet, but it could be a way to reach the stars within the lifetime of many of us. The initiative is called Breakthrough Starshot—a research and engineering project by Breakthrough Initiatives to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of tiny light sail spacecraft, called StarChips, capable of making the journey to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.37 light-years away, at [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Jupiter’s moon Europa is under a constant gravitational assault. As it orbits, Europa’s icy surface heaves and falls with the pull of Jupiter’s gravity, creating enough heat, scientists think, to support a global ocean under the ice—an ocean that could be a habitat for life. Now, experiments by geoscientists from Brown and Columbia universities suggest that this process, called tidal [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

You can never predict what treasure might be hiding in your own basement. For example, it turns out that a 1917 image on an astronomical glass plate from the Carnegie Observatories’ collection shows the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. Astronomer Jay Farihi of University College London recently contacted Carnegie Observatories’ Director, John Mulchaey. He was [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Saturday, April 16 is Global Star Party night, when people all over the world will be looking skyward through telescopes—often for the first time in their lives. Several Los Angeles-area star parties are being held as part of this worldwide star-fest, one of a month-long series of events presented by the international organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) throughout April, which has [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Solar storms are triggering X-ray auroras on Jupiter that are about eight times brighter than normal over a large area of the planet and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s “northern lights,” according to a new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result is the first time that Jupiter’s auroras have been studied in X-ray light when a giant solar storm [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The brilliant flash of an exploding star’s shockwave—what astronomers call the “shock breakout”—has been captured for the first time in the optical wavelength or visible light by NASA’s planet-hunter, the Kepler space telescope. An international science team led by Peter Garnavich, an astrophysics professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, analyzed light captured by [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Following a long series of tests, the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder has started its science mission to prove key technologies and techniques needed to observe gravitational waves from space. Predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, gravitational waves are fluctuations in spacetime produced by exotic astronomical events such as supernova explosions or the merging of two black [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Pluto’s largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin. Images from NASA’s New Horizons mission suggest that Pluto’s moon Charon once had a subsurface ocean that has long since frozen and expanded, pushing out on the moon’s surface and causing it to stretch and fracture on a massive scale. The side of Charon viewed by the passing New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015 is [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The McMurdo Dry Valleys, located in the Antarctic Victoria Land, are considered to be the most similar earthly equivalent to Mars. They make up one of the driest and most hostile environments on our planet, where strong winds scour away even snow and ice. Only so-called cryptoendolithic microorganisms—capable of surviving in cracks in rocks—and certain lichens can withstand such harsh [...]

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