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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

Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues to Crushed Matter A city-sized sphere rotating 518 times a second… Astronomers using an X-ray telescope in space have found the first fast X-ray pulsar to be eclipsed by its companion star. Further studies of this unique double-star system will shed light on some of the most compressed matter in the universe. The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up  – Bob Eklund

Spacecraft Camera Yields Most Accurate Mars Map Ever; Perseid Meteors Return August 12 A camera aboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has helped develop the most accurate global Martian map ever. Researchers and the public can access the map via several websites and explore and survey the entire surface of the Red Planet. The map was constructed using nearly 21,000 images from the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

New Signaling Concept Could Refocus Search for Signs of Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search—centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif.—has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be alone [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Astronomers Discover an Unusual Cosmic Lens Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have discovered the first known case of a distant galaxy being magnified by a quasar acting as a gravitational lens. The discovery, based in part on observations done at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Sky Treats for Your Summer Pleasure… July Sees Gathering of Five Bright Celestial Lights An array of five of the sky’s leading lights gather together over the western horizon on mid-July nights. Venus, the dazzling “evening star,” is sneaking past Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of of Leo, the lion. Venus was well to the lower right of Regulus as July opened, but [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

On its Way to a Comet, Spacecraft Checks Out an Asteroid The Rosetta orbiter, which carries the lander Philae, has completed more than two thirds of its journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The most comprehensive cometary investigation ever, the mission will deliver the Philae lander to the comet’s surface for in situ studies. On their way to the comet, the spacecraft and lander are [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Voyager 2 Completes 12,000 Days of Continuous Operations; New “Cosmic Café” Opens on Mt. Wilson On June 28, 2010, Voyager 2 completed 12,000 days of continuous operations since its launch on August 20, 1977. For nearly 33 years, the venerable spacecraft has been returning unprecedented data about the giant outer planets, the properties of the solar wind between and beyond the planets [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

U.S. High-School Students Help Space Scientists Recover Spacecraft in Australia: For millions of American high-school students, early June means long hours studying for final exams. But for three lucky teenagers, getting a passing grade in their astronomy class meant traveling halfway around the world—from Massachusetts to the Australian Outback—to work side-by-side with a NASA-led [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Texas State Astronomers Solve Walt Whitman Meteor Mystery In his landmark collection Leaves of Grass, famed poet Walt Whitman wrote of a “strange huge meteor-procession dazzling and clear shooting over our heads…” For decades, scholars have debated what astronomical event he was referring to. Now, a team of astronomers from Texas State University has applied its unique brand of [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Astronomy from an Airplane? A New Way of Looking Up Can you imagine a telescope the size of Mount Wilson Observatory’s 100-inch, doing astronomy from a Boeing 747 jetliner? It happened on May 26, when the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, made its first in-flight night observations. “With this flight, [...]

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