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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 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

CURIOSITY BEGINS DRIVING AT BRADBURY LANDING – Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists have named for the late author Ray Bradbury. Curiosity’s first drive on the Martian surface combined forward, turn and reverse movements. This placed the rover roughly 20 feet from the landing spot. NASA has approved the Curiosity science team’s choice to name [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

“CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE” – Just as René Magritte wrote “This is not a pipe” on his famous painting, this is also not a pipe. It is, however, a picture of part of a vast dark cloud of interstellar dust called the Pipe Nebula. This new and very detailed image of what is also known as Barnard 59 was captured by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

SIGNS CHANGING FAST FOR VOYAGER AT SOLAR SYSTEM EDGE -- Two of three key signs of changes expected to occur at the boundary of interstellar space have changed faster than at any other time in the last seven years, according to new data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. For the past seven years, Voyager 1 has been exploring the outer layer of the bubble of charged particles the Sun blows [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

CURIOSITY ROVER CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF LANDING – An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater. “If HiRISE had taken the image one second before or one second after, we probably [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

STUDENT-BUILT SATELLITES: A NEW WAY TO DO SPACE RESEARCH – Eleven tiny satellites called CubeSats will accompany a spy satellite into Earth orbit on Aug. 2, inaugurating a new type of inexpensive, modular nanosatellite designed to piggyback aboard other NASA missions. One of the eleven is CINEMA (CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons, & MAgnetic fields), an 8-pound, shoebox-size package [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

ROVER “CURIOSITY” TO LAND ON MARS AUG. 5 NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work.  However, getting the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars will not be easy. Curiosity is scheduled to land at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday, Aug. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A FIFTH MOON ORBITING PLUTO – A team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit. “The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls,” said team lead Mark [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

DARK MATTER DETECTED BY GRAVITATIONAL LENSING – Scientists have, for the first time, directly detected part of the invisible dark matter skeleton of the universe, where more than half of all matter is believed to reside. The discovery, led by a University of Michigan physics researcher, confirms a key prediction in the prevailing theory of how the universe’s current web-like structure [...]

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