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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 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists could see that the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles wide—20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the hurricane are traveling [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Scientists eagerly await the arrival of a recently discovered, highly active comet that will skim 730,000 miles above the Sun’s surface on Nov. 28 and has the potential to be readily visible from Earth. The comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON), is highly unusual in that it comes to the inner solar system for the first time and will skirt around the Sun within less than two solar radii from its [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

This intriguing new picture from European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3,300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (the Shield). This is the most detailed picture of this object ever taken. Stars the size of the Sun end their lives as tiny, faint, and extremely dense [...]

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