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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 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

One of 35 meteorites of mysterious origin found in the Moroccan desert. This piece weighs 100 grams. The alphabet block to the right is a centimeter on a side. Early in 2012, someone in Southern Morocco picked up 35 greenish stones. Purchased by a dealer in Erfoud, Morocco, one of them was then resold to Stefan Ralew, a meteorite collector from Berlin. The dealer was demanding a high price, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2” on the H-IIA Launch Vehicle in 2014. The spacecraft will arrive at an asteroid in 2018 to investigate it for one and a half years—and to leave there a collection of messages from the general public—before returning to Earth in 2020. JAXA will record and load names, messages and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Rising above the present location of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, Mount Sharp is featured in new imagery from the rover. A pair of mosaics assembled from dozens of telephoto images shows Mount Sharp in dramatic detail. This layered mound, also called Aeolis Mons, in the center of Gale Crater rises more than 3 miles [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A team of international scientists using the  W. M. Keck Observatory has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-size planet beyond our solar system. According to lead author Quinn Konopacky, an astronomer with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, “We have been able to observe this planet in unprecedented detail because [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University and a researcher in Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Astronomers Open a Window into Europa’s Ocean --Caltech astronomer Mike Brown and Kevin Hand from JPL have found the strongest evidence yet that salty water from the vast liquid ocean beneath Europa’s frozen exterior actually makes its way to the surface. The data suggests there is a chemical exchange between the ocean and surface, making the ocean a richer chemical environment, and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The smallest astronomical satellite ever built was launched from India Feb. 25 as part of a mission to prove that even a very small telescope can push the boundaries of astronomy. The satellite was designed and assembled at the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

On February 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed extraordinarily close to the Earth—at about 17,500 miles, well within the orbits of our stationary satellites. Unlike the unexpected asteroid collision over Russia that same day, this encounter never presented any danger, but astronomers were eager to observe the event. An international team led by Nicholas Moskovitz (MIT) observed asteroid 2012 DA14 [...]

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