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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Somewhere, over the rainbow… Astronomers Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence This week astronomers from twelve countries will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) by beginning a coordinated series of observations of several nearby stars—including two stars that were the target of the first [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Study Says Solar Systems Like Ours May Be Common- Nearly one in four stars like the Sun could have Earth-size planets, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study of nearby solar-mass stars. UC Berkeley astronomers Andrew Howard and Geoffrey Marcy chose 166 G and K stars within 80 light-years of Earth and observed them with the powerful Keck telescope for five years in order to [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Spacecraft to Make Close Flyby of Comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4th - NASA’s EPOXI mission continues to close in on its target, comet Hartley 2, at a rate of 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) per second. On Thursday, Nov. 4 at about 7:01 a.m. PDT, the spacecraft will make its closest approach to the comet at a distance of approximately 434 miles. “Hartley 2 has already put on a great show with [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Hubble Telescope Captures First Images of Aftermath from Possible Asteroid Collision NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first snapshots of a suspected collision of two asteroids in space. The images show a bizarre X-shaped object trailing a comet-like trail of material. In January 2010, astronomers began using Hubble to track the object for five months. They thought they [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Ghosts of the Future: First Giant Structures of the Universe Astronomers using the South Pole Telescope report that they have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster yet seen, at a distance of 7 billion light-years. The cluster (designated SPT-CL J0546-5345) weighs in at around 800 trillion Suns, and holds hundreds of galaxies. “This galaxy cluster wins the heavyweight title. It’s [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Discovery of First Truly Habitable Exoplanet Suggests Our Galaxy Could Be Teeming with Life- A team of planet hunters led by astronomers at UC Santa Cruz and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of [...]

Looking Up- Bob Eklund

Looking Up- Bob Eklund

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Discovered The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) PS1 telescope has discovered an asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of Earth in mid-October of this year. The object is about 150 feet in diameter and was discovered in images acquired on September 16, when it was about 20 million miles away. (For a perspective on [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Breaking Waves in the Stellar Lagoon THE NASA/ESA HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, launched into orbit two decades ago in 1990, continues to delight our sense of beauty as well as challenging our intellect. A case in point is a spectacular new Hubble image that reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8), located 4000–5000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius, the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Join the World in Viewing the Moon on Sept. 18 On Saturday, Sept. 18, people around the planet will be gathering for the first-ever International Observe the Moon Night, a global event meant to get people excited about lunar science and exploration. The whole thing started with a national moon night in the U.S. last year, spurred by the activities of two NASA moon missions: the Lunar [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking for the Coolest Forms of Life on Earth - Two UK scientists are traveling to one of the coldest places on Earth to help them understand how life could exist on other planets in our Solar System. Professor Liane Benning (University of Leeds) and Dr. Dominique Tobler (University of Glasgow) are traveling to Ny-Alesund on the archipeligo of Svalbard, only 600 miles from the North Pole, [...]

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