It covers a solid square degree of sky — 5 times the area of the full Moon — and tips the scale at a whopping 370 megapixels! It took 5 years and several hundred hours of observing time with the 3.6 meter telescope on top of Mauna Kea to get this massive mosaic. The image itself may look cool and all, but the true power comes when you give in to the dark side you use the interactive zoom feature
This reviews an article that ran in a magazine produced by CUNY — the article covers Greg Matloff’s work on solar sails and also discusses Roman Kezerashvili’s interesting studies of how a sail moving close to the Sun would be affected by General Relativity.
If all goes like the simulations performed at Cal-Tech then dozens of brown dwarfs should be found within 25 light years of Earth. Other items to scan for will be dark asteroids. Dark asteroids present a hazard to Earth in the form of a run in.These asteroids do not reflect light very well and because of this, cannot be picked up in a telescope.There are estimated 100,000 of these Asteroids orbiting undetected. WISE will be able to see these Astro-boulders because they absorb the Sun’s heat and then reflect it in the infrared
6. Alan Boyle’s cosmic log at msnbc has firstly
Hundreds gather at a Mojave Desert airport for the unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, which is likely to be the world’s first commercial spaceship. Those hundreds flee soon after the unveiling, due to a windstorm that sweeps over the airport.
7. Alan Boyle’s cosmic log at msnbc has secondly
From the desert to space
SpaceShipTwo isn’t the only game in town: Mojave is also home to other ventures that are targeting the final frontier, and making money as they do it.
8. Alan Boyle’s cosmic log at msnbc has lastly
Light show sparks UFO buzz
A spectacular light show visible from northern Norway energizes the UFO crowd, but experts determine that the display was actually caused by a failed Russian ballistic missile.
Discusses the visual discovery of an almost solar system like gas giant around a near duplicate of our sun by the Subaru telescope.
10. Planetaria discusses the new evidence for past life on Mars
11. This week at One-Minute Astronomer… an exclusive interview with world-renowned astrophotographer Jerry Lodriguss. In this interview, you’ll learn the basics of taking a simple but quite lovely photo of the night sky with a digital camera. No telescope required.
In 1996 colleagues discovered signs of life on Martian meteorite ALH84001. The latest paper demolishes competing explanations, making the case for life ever stronger.
Looking for something for that little (or big) astronomer in your life? Well, if you need a little help, or feel a like the possibilities are too infinite, I’ve gathered together some of my suggestions here.
I mention this a lot in my public talks in various venues: that the sky we see with our eyes isn’t the sum total of the universe that can be detected. I’ll say it again, another way. When you look at the night sky with your eyes, you’re only seeing the universe through a very small window of emissions.
I’m the Secretary of Kendal’s astronomical Society, the “Eddington Astronomical Society,” and that it is named after the famous astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington, who was born here in Kendal in 1882.
22. Here at nextbigfuture:
Suborbital tourism is a stepping stone to two hour flights around the world which would then lead to large scale orbital and space travel.
23. Still here at nextbigfuture:
Historical colonization and details on the age of sail and how it helps understand how to make appropriately scaled plans to colonize space.
* In the age of sail cross ocean colonization, navies faced off with 150 ships on a side and send fleets of 1-11 ships carrying hundreds per ship to explore and colonize and trade with the newly discovered Americas.
* By the late 16th century American silver accounted for one-fifth of Spain’s total budget.
* In the 16th century “perhaps 240,000 Europeans” entered American ports.
* If (when) there is human settlement of space and if there were parallels to the scale of the settlement of the Americas, then there would be thousands of spaceships capable of carrying hundreds of people at a time for interplanetary and later interstellar travel. The interplanetary capability (out to the Oort comet cloud) would be something like the ships traveling and trading around the mediterranean.
24. And finally, at nextbigfuture this week
Current aircraft can be made comfortable while keeping passenger density up. This relates to future spaceships passenger seating configurations