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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Images from a NASA Mars orbiter’s telescopic camera reveal details of real regions on Mars where the new Hollywood movie, “The Martian,” places future astronaut adventures. The novel of the same name, originally self-published by Andy Weir in 2011, used actual locations on Mars for the landing sites for its “Ares 3” and “Ares 4” missions. The landing site for “Ares 3” is on a [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

MOONLIGHT AND MUSIC MERGE AS GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY HOSTS LUNAR ECLIPSE SUNDAY, SEPT. 27. Griffith Observatory will host a free public event to view the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Telescope and binocular viewing of the Moon will be available free to the public, with commentary by Griffith Observatory staff members. During parts of the evening, the L.A. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Every square inch of Saturn’s small moon Enceladus overlies a potentially habitable ocean. Observations of Enceladus’ slight wobble as it orbits Saturn can only be explained if the outer crust floats freely from the inner core, according to scientists studying images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This means there is a globe-spanning ocean beneath Enceladus’ icy surface. Enceladus [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 950 miles. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet per pixel, give a deeper perspective on these very unusual features. Animations are available [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system. The destination is a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69, which orbits the Sun nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. “Even as the New Horizons spacecraft speeds away from Pluto out into the Kuiper Belt, and the data from the exciting [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission. The video is available at: www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1392 A prominent mountain with bright streaks on its steep slopes is especially fascinating to scientists. The peak's shape has been likened to a cone or a pyramid. It appears [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Using a powerful new imaging device, astronomers have espied a Jupiter-like exoplanet 100 light-years distant in the constellation of Eridanus. Unlike most planets found around other stars, 51 Eri b has been seen directly. The instrument employed to make the discovery has also made a spectroscopic analysis of the light reflected from the planet, and has detected gases similar to those in [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A team led by scientists from the University of Hawaii has developed a new approach to searching for life on other planets. The team has measured various biological photosynthetic pigments in the laboratory. They absorb almost all solar light of specific colors in the visible and convert it into chemical bonds to store energy. For example, chlorophyll pigments absorb blue to red light and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Colorful new maps of dwarf planet Ceres, based on data from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, showcase a diverse topography, with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles. Scientists continue to analyze the latest data from Dawn as the spacecraft makes its way to its third mapping orbit. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms of their depth and diameter, [...]

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