Category: Space


Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteor Caught On Russian Dashcam

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver’s seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say “wow” in Russian.”

 

 

Here is another view of the latest meteor from Murmansk

 

 

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Astronomers Using Kepler Telescope Discover First Earth-Sized Exoplanet Within The Habitable Zone

 

 

 

 

 

” A potential game changer in the hunt for life outside our neighborhood has just been discovered about 493 light years away. Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have found a rocky planet that is similar in size to Earth and is within the “habitable zone” of the star it orbits.

  The discovery of this planet, called Kepler-186f, is confirmation that exoplanets the size of Earth do exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. The habitable zone – often referred to as the Goldilocks Zone – is the range of distance from a star where liquid water can pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

  This is not the first planet that has been discovered within the habitable zone, but it is the first of near equal size to Earth. Other larger planets that have been found have been at least 40 percent larger than Earth and have been difficult for researchers to determine their exact composition.”


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UFO? Mysterious Floating Light Caught On Camera In Cumbest Bluff

 

 

 

 

 

 


” They were caught on camera the night of February 16. Mysterious lights that appeared in the sky over the 150 acres that Rainer and Edith Shattles call home in the Cumbest Bluff area of Jackson County. Were they a phenomenon that’s simple to explain, or something else?

  The Shattles never tire of looking at the strange images caught by their trail cameras on that clear winter night.

” We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it’s usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn’t know what it was,” Edith recalled. “I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually.”

  The timeline of the pictures is clear. At 7:24 pm, deer appear and all is normal. At 7:29, a dim light appears. At 7:35, it gets brighter. Then at 7:53, a weird shape appears on the camera.  The deer are lit up brightly, but how? The cameras are infrared and don’t emit light. At 7:56, another sharper light appears, then it gets much closer, seemingly focused on the deer. It looks like headlights, but well off the ground and there is no road. It then flies away. “

 

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HT/WideOpenSpaces.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vast Ocean Found Beneath Ice Of Saturn Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus.

  Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Their findings were announced Thursday.

  This new ocean of liquid water – as big as or even bigger than North America’s Lake Superior – is centered at the south pole of Enceladus and could encompass much if not most of the moon. Enceladus (ehn-SEHL’-uh-duhs) is about 310 miles across.

  The data do not show if the ocean extends to the north pole, said the lead researcher, Luciano Less of Sapienza University of Rome. At the very least, it’s a regional sea some 25 miles deep under miles-thick ice. On Earth, it would stretch from our South Pole up to New Zealand – at the very least.”

 

 

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Astronomers Discover Hypergiant Star 1300 Times The Size Of Our Sun

 

 

 

 

” Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope have discovered the largest yellow star so far.”

 

 

 

 

” The team discovered yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 in a double star system about 12,000 light-years away from Earth. The star is so huge that it can just about be seen with the naked eye, despite its distance from Earth.

“ The new observations also showed that this star has a very close binary partner, which was a real surprise,” Olivier Chesneau, from the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice, France, said in a statement. “The two stars are so close that they touch and the whole system resembles a gigantic peanut.” “

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NASA Scientists Discover 715 New Planets

 

 

 

 

” NASA scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets around distant stars, including four alien worlds roughly the size of Earth that might be the proper temperature for liquid water to form and, therefore, potentially suitable for life.

  The discovery, based on two years of data collection on 150,000 or so stars by the agency’s orbiting Kepler space telescope, brings the confirmed count of planets outside our solar system to nearly 1,700.

” We have almost doubled the number of planets known to humanity,” said planetary scientist Jack Lissauer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., who is a science co-investigator on the $600 million Kepler space telescope mission.”

 

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Camera That’s ‘Walked On Moon’ To Be Auctioned

 

 

 

” Looking for a truly out-of-this-world camera? Then an upcoming auction in Austria might have something to interest you — at a price.

 
  Vienna’s Westlicht gallery, the world’s largest auction house for cameras, will auction in March a camera returned to Earth, having been used on the moon, during NASA’s Apollo 15 mission.

 

  Compared to present-day cameras, the Swedish-made Hasselblad, used for landscape photography on the lunar surface, is something of a dinosaur. Inconvenient for selfies, it could never be slipped inside a pocket, weighing in at several kilograms.

 

  Its lack of electronic wizardry means no geotagging, hence no metadata. But if anyone was concerned about the NSA getting wind of what it was up to, it’d be hard pushed to film anything surreptitiously. The Hasselblad, a boxy brontosaurus of a camera that Apollo 15’s Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin used to take nearly 300 pics while on the lunar surface, couldn’t be said to have a stealth mode.”

     Here is the webpage to the auction house but if you want to get a catalogue of the upcoming sale you’ll have to shell out 50 Euros for the privilege of viewing the items for bid . The bidding will start at 80,000 Euros and is expected to go as high as 200,000 . 

 

Camera Auction Vienna

U.S. Troops Sign Up To Become Mars’ First Settlers

 

 

” For Army Lt. Heidi Beemer, space flight has always been a dream, but that dream seemed out of reach for the light chemical decontamination platoon leader at Fort Campbell, Ky., until she read about the Mars One project.

  Mars One is a program unaffiliated with any government that plans to send a series of spacecraft to Mars in hopes of inhabiting the red planet by 2025. The program is already signing up volunteers.

  Beemer is one of the volunteers selected by project leaders as she is one of many U.S. troops who have signed up and made the cut.

“ When this opportunity opened up to me, at 24 years old, there was no looking back, no second guessing. This is what I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” Beemer said.

  She is one of slightly more than 1,000 men and women who recently learned they made the first cut toward selecting crews to begin settling the Red Planet.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 11, 2014

” Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet 

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Quadrantids 2014: Watch First Meteor Shower Of The Year Live Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The first meteor shower of the year will peak tonight (2 January) and tomorrow and will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere.

  The Quadrantids began on 28 December and will continue through to 12 January. At its peak, people should be able to see up to 80 meteorites per hour.

  Less known than its preceding meteor showers Perseids in August and Geminids in December, Quadrantids are often missed by stargazers as the peak intensity only lasts a few hours.

  According to Earth Sky, the best time to watch for people in North America will be between midnight and dawn on the morning of 3 January. People in Asia should watch at the same time the following day.”

 

 

Given the weather forecast for the northeastern US it might be a better bet to watch the show online :

 

 

” Anyone wishing to watch the meteor shower from the comfort of their homes can also see the Quadrantids live online. Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Centre will be hosting a live Ustream view of the shower from the skies over Huntsville, Alabama, which can be found here.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone In 2013: A Tribute To 10 Remarkable Women In Science

 

Yvonne Brill

 

” Pioneering scientists and engineers are often overlooked in popular retrospectives commemorating the year’s departed. In particular, women in such fields tend to be given short shrift. To counter this regrettable circumstance, I present here a selection of 10 notable women in science who left us in 2013. Each of these individuals contributed greatly to her field and should be remembered for her exceptional accomplishments. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list; I’d welcome your thoughts, in the comments below, on any others who may also be deserving of recognition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,000 Report Seeing Fireball Over Iowa And Minnesota

 

 

 

” More than 1,000 people reported seeing a fireball in the skies over Iowa and Minnesota on December 26, with footage of the incident being captured by security cameras and the National Weather Service (NWS), various media outlets reported over the weekend.

  According to Adam Withnall of The Independent, eyewitnesses reported that the object was approximately as bright as the sun, and was visible shooting across the sky for several seconds before it suddenly appeared to break apart.

  The ball of light was also reportedly emitting sonic activity similar in nature to previously confirmed meteor sightings, Withnall added. While it is believed that it was indeed a meteor, that has not yet been officially confirmed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASA Releases This Year’s Best Photos Of Earth Taken From Space

” Thanks to the nearly 3,000 satellites monitoring Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is able to capture some of the most breathtaking images of our planet from outer space. NASA recently released the best photos that these satellites have taken from space this year. “

California dreaming: This image of clouds off the California coast was captured Apr. 14 by NASA's Terra satellite.

” Clouds hovering off the coast of California “

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50 Stunning Photos That Made Us Appreciate Space In 2013

 

 

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” The visible Universe in one photo “

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2013 December 22

 

 

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Tutulemma: Solar Eclipse Analemma 
Image Credit & Copyright: Cenk E. Tezel and Tunç Tezel (TWAN)

” Explanation: If you went outside at exactly the same time every day and took a picture that included the Sun, how would the Sun’s position change? With great planning and effort, such a series of images can be taken. The figure-8 path the Sun follows over the course of a year is called an analemma. Yesterday, the Winter Solstice day in Earth’s northern hemisphere, the Sun appeared at the bottom of the analemma. Analemmas created from different latitudes would appear at least slightly different, as well as analemmas created at a different time each day. With even greater planning and effort, the series can include a total eclipse of the Sun as one of the images. Pictured is such a total solar eclipse analemma or Tutulemma – a term coined by the photographers based on the Turkish word for eclipse. The above composite image sequence was recorded from Turkey starting in 2005. The base image for the sequence is from the total phase of a solar eclipse as viewed from Side, Turkey on 2006 March 29. Venus was also visible during totality, toward the lower right.”

 

HT/SETI Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, The Places We’ve Been: 21 Spacecraft Trajectories Plotted In One

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One image from an infographic showing trajectories of 21 different unmanned spacecraft. Click for full image. Credit:  Kevin Gill.

 

 

 

” Want to know the orbital paths where different spacecraft have traveled and where they are now? A great new infographic put together by Kevin Gill is a visualization of where 21 different unmanned spacecraft have traveled through the Solar System. “The spacecraft data and planet orbital data is derived from NASA/JPL Horizons ephemeris,” said Gill on G+. “The image was rendered using a modified version of my Orbit Viewer WebGL application and put into infographic form using Photoshop. Body and spacecraft positions are as of December 15, 2013.”

  By the way, Kevin’s orbit viewer is really fun to play with! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA SAFELY SOFT-LANDS ROVER ON THE MOON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 Axe Apollo Fans With The Right Stuff Win Free Space Trips

 

 

 

 

” For the past week, more than 100 participants from over 60 countries around the world have taken part in mental aptitude tests, combat training in a fighter jet and zero-gravity flights to distinguish themselves as the most worthy of one for one of the coveted tickets to space with Space Expedition Corporation under a project by the makers of Axe Apollo body spray. SXC manages trips aboard the reusable XCOR Aerospace Lynx rocket plane, a commercial space plane that is expected to begin flying customers in 2014 or 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” After a yearlong competition, and one week of astronaut training, the lucky winners of the 23 tickets were announced here at the AXE Apollo Space Academy Thursday (Dec. 5) in the rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center. A ticket on the Lynx usually costs $95,000. [See photos of the Lynx space plane] “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Alien Planet Discovered In Most Distant Orbit Ever Seen

 

 

” An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star.

  The newfound exoplanet, dubbed HD 106906 b, dwarfs any planetary body in the solar system, and circles its star at a distance that is 650 times the average distance between the Earth and the sun. The existence of such a massive and distantly orbiting planet raises new questions about how these bizarre worlds are formed, the researchers said.

” This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see,” study lead researcher Vanessa Bailey, a fifth-year graduate student in the University of Arizona’s department of astronomy, said in a statement.”

Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Nears One Year In Orbit

 

 

 

 

” The unmanned X-37B spacecraft — flying a mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) — launched into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 11, 2012. What payloads the space plane is toting and the overall mission goals on its confidential cruise are classified.

  But it is known that the OTV-3 mission signals a milestone for the X-37B program. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comet ISON’s Close Encounter With The Sun

 

 

Published on Nov 29, 2013

” A pristine comet called ISON, which left its home at least a million years ago, will be making its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving day. Gautam Naik reports.”

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South Korea Reveals Moon-Lander Plans

 

 

 

 

” South Korea has unveiled designs for its planned Moon lander, a key part of President Park Geun-hye’s pledge to revitalize the country’s aerospace industry and space programme.

The uncrewed module — of which a scaled-down mock-up was unveiled to the press on 22 October — will travel on board a Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 rocket and is designed to carry a lunar rover weighing 10–20 kilograms, which will look for signs of rare minerals on the Moon’s surface. A robotic orbiter will also circle above the lunar landscape for more than a year at an altitude of about 100 km.”

 

 

Bring it on … the more the merrier . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny, Invisible Extraterrestrial Invaders Appear At South Pole

 

 

” Scientists at the South Pole have detected a collection of warp speed neutrinos from deep space that could help explain the origins of the universe.

A team from the mighty IceCube telescope laboratory in Antarctica will reveal their findings in tomorrow’s Science journal.

The experts’ 28 intergalactic subatomic particles were detected by the Cherenkov radiation emitted when they (unusually – most neutrinos go right through the Earth without stopping) hit something within a cubic kilometre of intrumented-up polar ice at the South Pole. They are thought to have originated from outside the Solar System, and likely from outside our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Having identified the particles, the boffins believe that they can gain new insight into the workings of black holes, pulsars and other wonders of space that emit the subatomic particles.”

 

     Not being scientists by any stretch of the imagination , we have little to add to the discussion of “warp speed neutrinos” but found the topic interesting to say the least . The significance of the find escapes us but we are fascinated nevertheless .

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina To Put First Satellite In Space Using Own Launch Technology By 2015

 

 

” Between high inflation and political drama, Argentina has not had its best year. But the Latin American country is still reaching for the stars. Quite literally: Next year it plans to put its first satellite in space, using its own technology, from Argentine soil. That’s something that its rival and South America’s biggest economy, Brazil, can’t claim yet. While an international aerospace powerhouse, Brazil does not launch its own satellites, relying on rockets owned by other countries. 

The first experimental rocket from the Tronador II project will be tested before the end of November, according to Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (National Space Activities Commission, or CONAE). The launch has been ready for months, but success is dependent on climate and atmospheric conditions, which made the agency wait until the austral spring, said Executive Director Conrado Varotto.”

 

 

The more the merrier we say . God speed to the Argentinians . There is room in space for all .

 

 

 

 

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