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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Things are not always what they seem—especially in space. For 30 years, a large near-Earth object called “Don Quixote” was believed to be an asteroid. Now, an international team of astronomers and planetary scientists has discovered it is actually a comet. Called 3552 Don Quixote, the body is the third-largest near-Earth object (an asteroid or similar body orbiting the Sun in the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope in the Atacama desert of northern Chile has just opened a new window to the Universe, in the 500 GHz frequency band. Astronomers have successfully imaged the distribution of atomic carbon around the planetary nebula NGC 6302 in test observations with the ALMA Band 8 receiver, developed by the National Astronomical [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park is home to many ancient wonders including the remains of a civilization that thrived over 1,000 years ago. The park, which has been protecting its archaeological riches since it was established in 1907, is now protecting its views of the starry skies too. It has just been named as the International Dark-Sky Association’s newest Dark Sky [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Emerging into a region where no spacecraft has gone before, NASA’s Voyager 1 appears to have left our solar system and entered interstellar space, says a University of Maryland (UMD)-led team of researchers. Carrying Earthly greetings on a gold plated phonograph record and still-operational scientific instruments, Voyager 1 has traveled farther from Earth than any other human-made object. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter’s moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s. Even in these fleeting, paparazzi-like encounters, scientists have seen a fractured, ice-covered world with tantalizing signs of a liquid water ocean under its surface. Such an environment [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this week, peaking late-night on Aug. 11-12 and continuing for several days through mid-August. And because the Moon will be in its crescent phase and setting in early evening, no moonlight will hinder the viewing in the later evening hours. Although an occasional [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Is 2013 the Year of the Comet? Comet ISON may put on quite a show when it skims through the sun’s atmosphere later this year. Right now, it’s too far away to tell, but we’re tracking it and will give you regular updates. Here are some key facts about ISON as we await its arrival: Comet ISON was discovered by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok in September 2012. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Our home planet and its Moon appear as a mere dots—the Earth a pale blue and the Moon a stark white—in new color images taken from nearly 900 million miles away by the cameras on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.  The images were taken on July 19, 2013, during an event that was observed and celebrated worldwide. The July 19 Earth-imaging event marked the first time Earthlings had advance [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

We value gold for many reasons: its beauty, its usefulness as jewelry, and its rarity. Gold is rare on Earth in part because it’s also rare in the universe. Unlike elements like carbon or iron, it cannot be created within a star. Instead, it must be born in a more cataclysmic event—like one that occurred last month known as a short gamma-ray burst (GRB). Observations of this GRB provide [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A network has been launched to promote academic research in the UK relating to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). The UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) brings together academics from 11 institutions across the country. The network’s Patron is the Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees. UKSRN presented its current activities and future strategy in a session and panel discussion [...]

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