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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Look up at the night sky and you’ll see stars, sure. But you’re also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. That’s the conclusion of a new study by astronomers at Caltech that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm. The team made their estimate while analyzing planets orbiting a star called Kepler-32—planets that are representative, they say, of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA RESEARCHERS STRIKE SCIENTIFIC GOLD WITH METEORITE – Scientists found treasure when they studied a meteorite that was recovered April 22, 2012, at Sutter’s Mill near Coloma, Calif., the gold discovery site that led to the 1849 California Gold Rush. Detection of the falling meteorites by Doppler weather radar allowed for rapid recovery so that scientists could study for the first time a [...]

Looking Up -Bob Eklund

Looking Up -Bob Eklund

CLOSEST SINGLE STAR LIKE OUR SUN MAY HAVE HABITABLE PLANET – An international team of astronomers led by the University of Hertfordshire has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may host five planets—with one in the star’s habitable zone. At a distance of twelve light-years and visible with the naked eye in the evening sky, Tau Ceti is the closest single [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

GRAIL LUNAR IMPACT SITE NAMED FOR ASTRONAUT SALLY RIDE – NASA has named the site where the twin Ebb and Flow spacecraft impacted the Moon on Dec. 17 in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the GRAIL mission team. On Dec. 14, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

CASSINI SPOTS MINI NILE RIVER ON SATURN MOON – The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 250 miles from its “headwaters” to a large hydrocarbon sea. It is the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Composite map of the world assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012.Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC Scientists have unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

BIGGEST BLACK HOLE BLAST DISCOVERED – Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen—at least five times more powerful than any observed to date. Quasars are extremely bright galactic centers powered by supermassive black holes. Many of them blast huge amounts of material out into [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

LOST IN SPACE: A PLANET WITHOUT A PARENT STAR – Astronomers have identified a body that is very probably a planet wandering through space without a parent star. This is the most exciting free-floating planet candidate so far and the closest such object to the Solar System at a distance of about 100 light-years. Its comparative proximity to us, and the absence of a bright star very close to it, [...]

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 [...]

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