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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

GIANT TELESCOPE MIRROR COMPLETED – Scientists at the University of Arizona and in California have completed the most challenging large astronomical mirror ever made. For the past several years, a group of optical scientists and engineers working at the UA Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory underneath the university’s football stadium have been polishing a 27.5-foot-diameter mirror with [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

PAINTBALLS MAY DEFLECT AN INCOMING ASTEROID – In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, it might help if it were blindingly white. A white asteroid would reflect sunlight—and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course. How might one encourage such a deflection? One answer, according to an MIT [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

HOW TO HUNT A SPACE ROCK – Peter Willis and his team of researchers at JPL had a problem. Actually, more like they had a solution that needed a problem. Confused? Let’s let Peter give it a shot… “My team and I came up with a new lab on a chip,” said Willis, a scientist at JPL’s Microdevices Lab. “It essentially miniaturizes an automated sample processing and analysis instrument [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

PLANET FOUND IN NEAREST STAR SYSTEM TO EARTH – European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system—the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. The [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

UCLA ASTRONOMERS REPORT THE DISCOVERY of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years—the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole. The star, known as S0-102, may help astronomers discover whether Albert Einstein was right in his fundamental prediction of how black holes warp space and time, said [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NAVIGATING THE SEAS OF TITAN – Humanity has landed rovers on Mars. Now, say scientists, it’s time to land a boat on Titan. This outlandish scenario could become reality, according to engineers presenting their proposals at the European Planetary Science Congress on September 27. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is one of the most Earth-like bodies in the solar system. With a thick [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

MARS ROVER TARGETS UNUSUAL ROCK EN ROUTE TO FIRST DESTINATION – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from the rover’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch the rock [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

POWERFUL NEW CAMERA TO GATHER ANCIENT STARLIGHT – Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. That ancient starlight has now found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, has captured and recorded it for the first time. That light may hold within [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Almost Full Moon sketched live at the telescope with pastels by Deirdre Kelleghan, Bray Co., Wicklow, Ireland. SHINE ON HARVEST MOON! – Songs are written about it, lovers sing of it, but when’s the last time you actually looked at a Harvest Moon? First, what is a “Harvest Moon”? It’s defined as “the Full Moon nearest to the September equinox” (the first day of autumn, which [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Goodbye Vesta, Hello Ceres—NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft left the giant asteroid Vesta on Sept. 4 to start its two-and-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn began its 3-billion-mile odyssey to [...]

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