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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

 Astronomers at Arizona State University have found an exceptionally distant galaxy, ranked among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space and the faintest galaxy ever observed. Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object 13 billion years ago—only 800 million years after the beginning of the universe. A team of astronomers, led by James Rhoads, Sangeeta Malhotra, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch at Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own Sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 13. “We will see the hottest, densest and most energetic objects with a fundamentally new, high-energy X-ray [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

On Tuesday afternoon, June 5th, everyone in the United States will have a chance to witness one of the rarest celestial phenomena known: a “transit of Venus.” Such an event occurs when the planet Venus passes exactly between the Earth and the Sun, and these events are incredibly rare. Since first predicted by the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler in the 17th century, only [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

ECLIPSE OF THE SUN THIS SUNDAY, MAY 20th – People with clear skies across most of North America will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun late this Sunday afternoon (May 20, 2012). Only those near the Eastern Seaboard will miss out on this awesome cosmic event. If you happen to be in a swath of land running from Northern California to Texas, you’ll get a very special kind of partial [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

VISTA VIEWS A VAST BALL OF STARS – A new image of Messier 55 from the European Southern Observatory’s VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees. Besides being packed into a relatively small space, these stars are also among the oldest in the universe. Astronomers study Messier 55 and other ancient objects like it, called globular [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up  –  Bob Eklund

HUBBLE SEES “SEARCHLIGHT BEAMS” COMING FROM NEBULA: The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been at the cutting edge of research into what happens to stars like our Sun at the ends of their lives. One stage that stars pass through as they run out of nuclear fuel is called the preplanetary (or protoplanetary) nebula stage. A new Hubble image of the “Egg Nebula” shows one of the best views [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

ANTARCTIC ASTRONOMY – A team of scientists representing several international institutions, including Texas A&M University, has succeeded in installing the first of three Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3-1) at the Chinese Kunlun Station at Dome Argus, the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau. The telescope is the first of three half-meter devices to be installed at PLATeau Observatory [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The British musical group “Zinta & The Zoots” recently gave a most unusual concert at Canterbury College, England. Joining the band for the live performance was an enigmatic musical contributor, whose part was originated some 11,000 years earlier—the supernova remnant Cassiopeia “A.” Thanks to radio astronomer Jan van Muijlwijk and his team of astronomers and amateur radio buffs, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

WHAT WOULD YOUR VOICE SOUND LIKE ON MARS AND VENUS? Despite many years of space exploration, we have no evidence of what things would sound like on other planets. While most planetary probes have focused on imaging with cameras and radar and a couple have carried microphones, none of them successfully listened to the sounds of another world. Now, a team from the University of Southampton (UK), [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

FORMATION FLYING, AROUND THE MOON AT 3,600 MPH – The act of two or more aircraft flying together in a disciplined, synchronized manner is one of the cornerstones of military aviation, as well as just about any organized air show. But as amazing as the U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels or the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds are to behold, they remain essentially landlocked, anchored if you will, [...]

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