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Early December The sky above Lake Windermere. Pleiades directly above Taurus. The lights of Windermere and Fairmont. A satellite streaks at the top of the frame. The snow still hasn't started to fly in earnest. It's coming, it always does. Meanwhile, I'm still getting used to the cold.

Saturn's rings are mostly composed of ice and silicates "Our measurements show what exactly these materials are, how they are distributed and how much dust is coming into Saturn," said Hsu, lead author of the paper and a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

Water on Asteroid Bennu? A new look at asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft courtesy of: NASA, Goddard, and the University of Arizona. If you have not seen it there is a very good animated version of Bennu's rotation, be warned if you have a slow connection, it is a large file; just be patient it is worth the wait.

NASA releases first data from OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission OSIRIS-REx has revealed that the asteroid Bennu is porous, blue, and covered in massive boulders. More excitingly, its minerals interacted with water at some point in its distant past.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14 When are the geminids, how to watch the geminid meteor shower, meteor shower tonight, how to see meteors, when is the meteor shower, what time is the meteor shower this week, geminids, meteor shower.

InSight shares the sounds of wind on Mars Though the probe's main goal is to explore the planet's interior, its sophisticated instruments are also offering a unique way to explore the martian surface - by recording the sound of martian wind. The recordings capture the sounds of winds gusting through Elysium Planitia, InSight's martian home, at about 10-15 mph on December 1.

Tornado Quest Top Ten Science Links For December 3 - 10, 2018 We've had quite an interesting start to December across parts of North America with severe weather episodes from Texas and Oklahoma into Illinois. Fortunately, there haven't been any crippling winter storms that have left lasting effects in their wake.

"Beyond!" NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space - WATCH Official Video "An odyssey of discovery beyond our imaginations," NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. For the second time in history, a human technology has reached the space between the stars. The Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.

News brief: OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu OSIRIS-REx team members held a press briefing today at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting, and announced that the mission has already found water on asteroid Bennu. The water is locked in clay minerals, and was detected with the spacecraft's OVIRS and OTES instruments.

Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space More than 18 billion kilometers from home, Voyager 2 has become the second probe to break through the heliopause, a tenuous boundary between the solar system and the rest of the Galaxy. Our Sun's influence extends well beyond the planets.

Monday evening efforts Cape Town in summer means late sunsets. Downside: less viewing time. Upside: time to work on scope stuff. This evening began with finally fitting components onto and mirrors into the scope. There the outside pieces are. Finder scope, and laser pointer bracket beside the focussed.

Look Up! Geminid Meteor Shower, Comet Pass Among Upcoming Astronomical Events BOSTON - The weather may be quiet but the skies are bustling with activity! While there may not be any rain or snow to track at the moment, there is plenty to feast your eyes on beyond our atmosphere! So, bundle up, grab the lawn chair out of the shed and enjoy the show!

News brief: Voyager 2 has passed beyond the heliopause Voyager 2 is now outside the reach of the solar wind, traveling in the interstellar medium. Unlike Voyager 1, Voyager 2 has a working plasma spectrometer so will be doing exciting new science. It is expected to last another 5 to 10 years, though not with all instruments operating.

Earth's Deep Life Biosphere - "A Subterranean Galapagos" 300 Times Greater Than Mass of Human Species Above" Life in Deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon - hundreds of times more than humans. "Even in dark and energetically challenging conditions, intraterrestrial ecosystems have uniquely evolved and persisted over millions of years," observed Fumio Inagaki, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman Donates Artifacts for EAA Exhibit Frank Borman's personal space memorabilia has debuted on display, 50 years after some of the items accompanied him on the first mission to launch humans to the moon. "The Borman Collection: An EAA Member's Space Odyssey" opened at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Saturday, showcasing the Apollo 8 astronaut's mementos.

Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More Here’s a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.

60-Second Astro News: Helium Exoplanets and a Supernova Surprise This week in astronomy news: Inflated helium atmospheres surround two exoplanets, and the Kepler Space Telescope captures the moments around a supernova that hint at a companion star triggering the explosion. Like a couple of day-old party balloons, two planets in our galaxy appear to be puffed up with helium and leaking it into space.

The Star of Bethlehem None of the planetarium explanations can possibly be valid-and planetarium directors know this very well. Many scholars believe that when the account was first written a century after Christ's death, the Star was intended to be an ASTROLOGICAL omen. By this reasoning, it was never an actual object in the real sky.

A telescope fan sabotaged an astronomy forum. He ended up in prison California telescope enthusiast David Chesley Goodyear was sentenced to 26 months in prison for a DDoS attack on an astronomy forum.

Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines - "Mystery Object Detected to Earth 2100" NASA Scientist: "We May Have Missed Signals from Aliens Capable of Interstellar Travel" "All the Light" - In the History of the Observable Universe. "Earth 2100?" - 96% of Ocean Life 'Gasping for Oxygen' During Great Dying.

It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space.

Space policy roundup - Dec.10.2018 A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government related space news and resource items that I found of interest:. Webcasts:.

A cluster of clusters: The globulars of Coma And the great fleas, themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on. - Augustus de Morgan. One of my favorite things to know in astronomy is that some of the biggest structures in the Universe are made of some of the littlest.

Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977, joins Voyager 1 in leaving the Sun's heliosphere and entering interstellar space:. NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space. For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars.

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