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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A network has been launched to promote academic research in the UK relating to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). The UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) brings together academics from 11 institutions across the country. The network’s Patron is the Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees. UKSRN presented its current activities and future strategy in a session and panel discussion [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Remember our ninth planet, little Pluto, which was kicked out of the Planetary Club not long ago and relegated to “Dwarf Planet” status? It’s been found to have no less than five moons, and the two most recently discovered ones—previously known as P4 and P5—have now been given official names. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), which is responsible for naming new sky [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A team of astronomers has combined new observations of the star Gliese 667C with existing data from the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope in Chile to reveal a system with at least six planets. A record-breaking three of these planets are “super-Earths” lying in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

On July 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be turned to image Saturn and its entire ring system during a total eclipse of the Sun, as it has done twice before during its 9 years in orbit. But this time, the images that will be collected have been specifically designed for something very special. They will capture, in natural color, a glimpse of our own planet next to Saturn and its rings, taken [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA research indicates that blocks of frozen carbon dioxide—dry ice—may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and performing experiments on [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Plato, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, described music and astronomy as “sister sciences” that both encompass harmonious motions, whether of instrument strings or celestial objects. This philosophy of a “Music of the Spheres” was symbolic. However, modern technology is creating a true music of the spheres by transforming astronomical data into unique musical [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The Ring Nebula’s distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of this glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, Sun-like star reveal a new twist. “The nebula is not like a bagel, but rather, it’s like a jelly doughnut, because it’s filled with material in the middle,” said C. Robert O’Dell of [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Look low in the west-northwest after sunset in late May, and you can watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury pirouetting through the tightest gathering of three naked-eye planets that the world will see until 2026. “Here’s a beautiful chance to see three planets all together,” says Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine. “Add the Earth under your feet, and you’re [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The team operating NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet west of the rock where Curiosity’s drill first touched Martian stone in February. Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA and the UK Space Agency are jointly developing a spacecraft, named Sunjammer (after Arthur C. Clarke’s 1963 short story by that name), which will use a 13,000-square-foot solar sail (see photo) to propel itself nearly two million miles toward the sun. The sail will then help keep the spacecraft in a steady position. Sensitive instruments on board will provide scientist with an early [...]

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