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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this week, peaking late-night on Aug. 11-12 and continuing for several days through mid-August. And because the Moon will be in its crescent phase and setting in early evening, no moonlight will hinder the viewing in the later evening hours. Although an occasional [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Is 2013 the Year of the Comet? Comet ISON may put on quite a show when it skims through the sun’s atmosphere later this year. Right now, it’s too far away to tell, but we’re tracking it and will give you regular updates. Here are some key facts about ISON as we await its arrival: Comet ISON was discovered by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok in September 2012. [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Our home planet and its Moon appear as a mere dots—the Earth a pale blue and the Moon a stark white—in new color images taken from nearly 900 million miles away by the cameras on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.  The images were taken on July 19, 2013, during an event that was observed and celebrated worldwide. The July 19 Earth-imaging event marked the first time Earthlings had advance [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

We value gold for many reasons: its beauty, its usefulness as jewelry, and its rarity. Gold is rare on Earth in part because it’s also rare in the universe. Unlike elements like carbon or iron, it cannot be created within a star. Instead, it must be born in a more cataclysmic event—like one that occurred last month known as a short gamma-ray burst (GRB). Observations of this GRB provide [...]

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 [...]

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