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Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Close Views Show Saturn’s Rings in Unprecedented Detail -- Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now in its “ring-grazing” orbits phase, is observing Saturn’s dazzling rings of icy debris. The views are some of the closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings, giving scientists an eagerly awaited opportunity to [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The instrument at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, used by Clyde Tombaugh to discover Pluto is about to undergo renovation. The year-long project, which began on January 12, will include restoration of both the historic telescope and the wooden dome that houses it. While the telescope will be removed from the dome during this work, the dome will be open from time to time for public tours [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. The alien probe worked frantically to collect and transmit images and data about its environs—in mere minutes its mothership would drop below the local horizon, cutting off its link to the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes to Alpha Centauri by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. The discovery in 2016 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

One of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly 10 years ago has finally been tied to a source: an older dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light-years from Earth. Fast radio bursts, which flash for just a few milliseconds, created a stir among astronomers because they seemed to be coming from outside our galaxy, which [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton, N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter—the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass in the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The ALPHA collaboration at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, has reported the first-ever measurement of an antimatter atom’s optical spectrum. This achievement opens up a completely new era in high-precision antimatter research. It is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. “Using a laser to observe a transition in antihydrogen and comparing it to hydrogen to see [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past. “No prior mission to Mars has found boron,” said Patrick Gasda, a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “If the boron that we found in calcium sulfate mineral veins on Mars is similar to what we see on Earth, it would [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up –  Bob Eklund

NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn’s rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30. Cassini crossed through the plane of Saturn’s rings on Dec. 4 at a distance of approximately 57,000 miles above Saturn’s cloud tops. This is the approximate location of a faint, dusty ring produced by the planet’s [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies as much water as what’s in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined. Scientists examined part of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, in the mid-northern latitudes, with the orbiter’s ground-penetrating Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument. Analyses of data [...]

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