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  • Carnival of Space # 651

    This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space # 651. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related blog, you should really join the… Read more »
  • War of the Worlds: Watch the Moon Occult Mars Tuesday Morning

    Happen to have clear skies tomorrow morning and live in the western part of the United States? Then you may have a chance to spy a unique event, as the waning crescent Moon occults (passes in front of) the planet Mars. The post War of the Worlds: Watch the Moon… Read more »
  • Betelgeuse is still dimming! And We Have the Pictures to Prove It

    Near the end of 2019, astronomers watching the red giant Betelgeuse noted how much the star had dimmed, continuing to steadily fade for months. It's a variable star, and it's known to get dimmer and brighter, but the big surprise is that it's still continuing to dim, recently passing magnitude… Read more »
  • Beautiful Exposed Bedrock and Sand Dunes on Mars

    Impact craters can be quite complex. Depending on the size of the impactor, and on the size of the planet it strikes, craters form differently. Some form central peaks or uplifted structures, or even pits as seen in this image. This image is the HiPOD, or the HiRISE (High Resolution… Read more »
  • Astronomers Simulated How the Universe Would Look Without Dark Matter

    A team of European researchers recently simulated how a Universe without Dark Matter would have evolved, with surprising results! The post Astronomers Simulated How the Universe Would Look Without Dark Matter appeared first on Universe Today. Read more »
  • ESO's Very Large Telescope shows dramatic dimming of Betelgeuse

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    Betelgeuse, as imaged by ESO's Very Large Telescope and SPHERE instrument last December, providing clear evidence the famiiar star is undergoing dramatic changes in brightness and shape. Image: ESO / M. Montargès et al. Betelgeuse, the red supergiant that marks Orion's left shoulder, has been steadily dimming over the past several months,… Read more »
  • Mars 2020 rover moved to Cape Canaveral for July launch preparations

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    An artist's impression of the Mars 2020 rover, using a drill on the end of its robot arm to collect sub-surface rock and soil samples. A cache of samples left on the surface by the rover will be picked up and returned to Earth in the 2031 timeframe aboard a… Read more »
  • NASA evaluates four 'concept studies' for possible planetary missions

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    A notional view of the solar system. Image: NASA NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions. Although they're not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be chosen to move forward, the selections focus on compelling targets and science that are not… Read more »
  • Voyager 1's famous look back at Earth - a 'pale blue dot' - 30 years later

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    Earth - a pale blue dot “suspended in a sunbeam” - as imaged by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The iconic image was reprocessed to mark its 30th anniversary. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech On 14 February 1990, just 34 minutes before Voyager 1's cameras were powered down forever in an effort to conserve ... Read more »
  • Hubble captures captivating view of spiral galaxy's picturesque 'open arms'

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    Spiral galaxies make up about 70 percent of all observed galaxies, some with large central bulges and tightly wound spiral arms like a fast-spinning ice skater, some with more wide-open arms and smaller bulges and some in various in-between states. NGC 2008, seen here in an image captured by the… Read more »
  • SpaceX re-usable rocket misses landing ship

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    Washington (AFP) Feb 17, 2020 SpaceX successfully launched its latest cluster of high-speed internet satellites into orbit Monday but was unable to land its rocket booster on an autonomous ship, missing a key milestone. The private company founded by billionaire Elon Musk has revolutionized spaceflight in recent years by developing… Read more »
  • Blue Origin opens Huntsville factory for BE-7 rocket engines

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    Huntsville, AL (SPX) Feb 18, 2020 Blue Origin opened its rocket engine production facility in Huntsville, AL. The world-class engine manufacturing facility in The Rocket City will conduct high rate production of the BE-4 and BE-3U engines. These engines will undergo testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on the… Read more »
  • ESO telescope sees surface of dim Betelgeuse

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    Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2020 Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star's surface show not only the fading red supergiant but also how its apparent shape… Read more »
  • US negotiating to buy one or two seats on Soyuz

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    Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2020 The United States is negotiating to buy one or two seats on upcoming Russian Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS) to ensure the continued presence of US astronauts on it, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) official said. "NASA intends to purchase ... Read more »
  • NASA awards contract to launch Lunar CubeSat

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    Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2020 NASA has selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, California, to provide launch services for the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat. Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard… Read more »
  • New Horizons Reveals Full Picture of Arrokoth. , , and How Planets Form

    New Horizon's flyby of Arrokoth, a planetesimal in the Kuiper Belt, reveals a pristine object untouched since the solar system's origin. Its shape and geology show that planetesimals form more gently than previously thought. The post New Horizons Reveals Full Picture of Arrokoth. , , and How Planets Form… Read more »
  • A perfect conjunction!

    The post A perfect conjunction! appeared first on Sky & Telescope. Read more »
  • Astro Photobombs: These Things Can Ruin Your Image

    Unexpected vibrations, airplanes, and satellites can ruin your exposures without you knowing it - here's what to look for. The post Astro Photobombs: These Things Can Ruin Your Image appeared first on Sky & Telescope. Read more »
  • ODD MOMENT… ..

    The post ODD MOMENT… .. appeared first on Sky & Telescope. Read more »
  • MY PEACE ...

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Astrobiology:

  • Looking for Earth's cousins: 'biosignatures' in exoplanet atmospheres

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    Artist's depiction of the TRAPPIST-1 star and its seven worlds.NASA / JPL-Caltech / R. Hurt (IPAC) Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, including dozens of terrestrial - or rocky - worlds in the habitable zones around their parent stars. A promising approach to search for signs of life on these worlds is to probe… Read more »
  • Earth Climate Models and the Search for Life on Other Planets

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    Illustration of an exoplanet. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center / Chris Smith In a generic brick building on the northwestern edge of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Greenbelt, Maryland, thousands of computers packed in racks the size of vending machines hum in a deafening chorus of data crunching , Day ... Read more »
  • 'Pale Blue Dot' Revisited

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    This updated version of the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft uses modern image-processing software and techniques to revisit the well-known Voyager view while attempting to respect the original data and intent of those who planned the images. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech For the 30th anniversary of one… Read more »
  • The Tippy Top of Mars 2020

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    Close-up of the head of Mars 2020's remote sensing mast. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech NASA is sending a new laser-toting robot to Mars. But unlike the lasers of science fiction, this one is used for studying mineralogy and chemistry from up to about 20 feet (7 meters) away. It might help scientists ... Read more »
  • Search for ET - could AI deceive as much as the human eye?

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    Picture of the Vinalia Faculae region of Ceres obtained by NASA´s Dawn spacecraft on July 6, 2018 at an altitude of about 58 kilometers. Can a square and / or a triangle be seen? / Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA Ceres, although the largest object in the main asteroid belt, is a dwarf planet. It became ... Read more »
 
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