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2019, December: Moon, Venus, and Mars During late December, the moon appears near brilliant Venus in the evening sky and Mars in the morning sky. Here are the highlights:. December 22: One hour before sunrise, Mars, 18° in altitude in the southeast, is over 8° to the lower left of the waning crescent moon that is 25.9 days old and 16% illuminated.

2020: December 21: The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Once a generation, Jupiter catches and passes Saturn. Both planets move slowly around the sun because of their distance from our central star. A Jupiter year is nearly 12 Earth years long while Saturn revolves around the sun in nearly 30 years. Jupiter takes nearly 20 years to move past Saturn, travel around the sun, and catch Saturn again.

Bridenstine Calls B.S. On Boeing Exploration Upper Stage Claim "In an interview, Bridenstine said that while the upper stage will be a great asset for NASA some day, he said "any plan that requires an EUS to be ready by 2024 is a plan that reduces the probability of success. It's just not going to be ready….

Space transport roundup - Dec.11.2019 A sampling of recent articles, videos, and images dealing with space transport :. at the Robert Heinlein Prize Trust Booth. The report has significant inputs from ISEC and our members. Several of the ISEC concepts from our Chief Architect were accepted into the book and stood tall.

The Best Pictures of Interstellar Comet Borisov as it Approached the Sun Interstellar visitor 2I/Borisov just made its closest approach to the sun. Here are some shots astronomers took of its journey.

How to spot the Geminid meteor shower and a rare '12/12′ full moon It will also shine in the nighttime sky for longer than any other moon, as it falls just over a week before the winter solstice, which is the darkest day of the year. The first full moon in December is often referred to as the "cold moon," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

2020, January: Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in the Morning, In Advance of the Great Conjunction During January 2020, Mars is joined by Jupiter in the morning. Saturn is at its solar conjunction and invisible to us because of the sun's glare. Jupiter and Saturn are in the same region of the sky. Jupiter is among the brightest "stars" in the night sky while Saturn is dimmer.

Watch a Blue Origin Rocket Stick its Sixth Consecutive Landing Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, just completed its sixth launch and landing of a single New Shepard rocket.

Astronomy funder finds that gender diversity takes more than good intentions Applicants are now asked to discuss personal experiences and their "willingness to engage in activities that would advance diversity, equity, and inclusion," and reviewers score the statement as part of the overall evaluation. A face-to-face meeting of reviewers makes it easier to deal with implicit bias, Yen says.

A Cosmic Twelve Days of Christmas It's a good couple of weeks to be a star-gazer, astronomer, flying saucer enthusiast, or astrologer. Hell, maybe even some born again types who notice what's going on in the night sky will be intrigued, what with the Second Coming right around the corner.

"Measuring Monsters" - Black Holes Not as Massive as Previously Thought A study published in Nature Astronomy describes a new way to "weigh" supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies by using distances between neighboring galaxies as a proxy.

So, about that 'too massive' black hole… yeah, not so much. A paper about a 70-solar-mass black hole turns out to have several problems with it that negate the results.

N63A: Supernova Remnant in Visible and X-ray What has this supernova left behind? As little as 2,000 years ago, light from a massive stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud first reached planet Earth. The LMC is a close galactic…

Read Recently - June 2019 - Not In Our Stars Bad Astronomy: misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing "hoax" by Phil Plait. Plait for many years ran the website "Bad Astronomy" ; he continues to do science blogging and has published two books and a TV series. He's also a professional astronomer, which makes him well-suited to write this book.

Waxing Gibbous Moon Our latest capture was of the waxing gibbous moon at 97 percent illumination. It will be full in two nights on December 12th. We added the photo to our Gallery of The Moon. For those wondering I get all my moon info through this wonderful site called, Moon Giant.

UH Searches for New Astronomy Director The search has officially begun to find the next director for the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Randall Holcombe, director of the UH Cancer Center, and Newton Chu, director, Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris and Knorek, are chairing the search advisory committee.

Gravitational-wave detectors get a boost by reducing quantum noise The device marks a major improvement to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, increasing its detection range by 15 percent. Since the sky is a sphere, scientists expect to be able to detect about 50 percent more gravitational waves.

Jupiter's Galilean moon likely formed bit by bit from pebbles The team suggests that the moons grew slowly by collecting pebbles, rather than larger rocks, from around an early Jupiter. This process is like a mini version of how astronomers think our entire solar system formed, with worlds growing from pebbles to planets.

New Quantum Tech is About to Bring a Major Boost to Gravitational Wave Detections Improved instruments will lower noise at the quantum level. The development opens the door to discovering more distant gravitational waves.

In a Test, NASA Just Blew a Hole in the World's Largest Rocket To prove their massive rocket could survive well beyond its intended limits, NASA blew a hole in its fuel tank.

Jupiter's Galilean Moons May Have Formed Bit By Bit, From Pebbles These large moons’ complex combination of properties could be best explained if they grew slowly from pebbles.

Artemis Update From Bridenstine and Loverro Keith's note: Jim Bridenstine and Doug Loverro attended the Space News award event in Washington today. I asked them about the Moon/Mars plan that the Vice President and the National Space Council asked NASA to deliver in 60 days. Specifically I asked them if it had been delivered and if so could we see it.

Guest Post: Working to Level the Playing Field at NASA By Joan Schmelz NASA Postdoctoral Program Director Universities Space Research Association A recently approved policy now allo…

Planet Earth Report - "Earth is Getting Bigger to Greenland's Vanishing Lakes" The "Planet Earth Report" connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species. What's creating thousands of craters off the California coast? - Just off the coast of California, thousands of craterlike depressions, some as big as buses, dot the sea floor.

Hyderabad's Astronomical Heritage: the Nizamia Observatory Hyderabad is 428 years old; it houses cultures and buildings that are even older. Unfortunately, this rich heritage has fallen victim to bureaucracy, elitism, and worst of all, neglect. From chunks of Charminar falling off to the ordeal Erramanzil had to face: things don't seem to be looking up for these places.

The Space Show this week - Dec.9.2019 The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:. Monday, Dec. 9 2019; 2 pm PST : No special show today. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019; 7-8:30 pm PST : We welcome back Doctor Charles Lurio of The Lurio Report for his perspective on 2019 and looking forward to 2020.

A galaxy with three supermassive black hole hearts It's been known for a while that there are two supermassive black holes in its middle, which is not too surprising given the circumstances. What is surprising, though, is that it doesn't have two supermassive black holes in its center. It has three.

Soyuz Progress MS-13 Launch While it does not carry a crew it can be boarded by astronauts when docked with a space station, hence it being classified as manned by its manufacturer. Progress is derived from the manned Soyuz spacecraft and launches on the same vehicle, a Soyuz rocket.

Amateur Astronomers Join Hunt for Exoplanets An Australian amateur astronomer named Thiam-Guan Tan has made a name for himself in the realm of exoplanets. Tan participated in the discovery of an exoplanet that may orbit within its star's habitable zone. LHS 1140 b is a super-Earth some 41 light years from Earth that orbits a red dwarf star.

Ngc 1365 Designation: NGC 1365 Constellation: FornaxVisual magnitude: +9.6 Apparent size: 12′ x 6′Diameter: 197,000 light years. Distance: 56 million light years. This wonderful barred spiral is a member of the Fornax cluster of galaxies. It is comparable in size to our Milky Way, although it has a more pronounced bar than our galaxy has.

Starlink Satellite Trails over Brazil What are those streaks over the horizon? New Starlink satellites reflecting sunlight. SpaceX launched 60 Starlink communication satellites in May and 60 more in November. These satellites and thous…

Trevor's Travels: At Lake Arrowhead's Astronomy Village, things are always looking up Information: 909-336-1699, mountain-skies.org.

Narrate & Learn This! Have you ever considered becoming a narrator in the field of astronomy? This can work for almost any topic or field of work, but we will focus solely on astronomy. A narrator has to read the script out loud, and often too.

A Strange Tweet From Russian Space Droid Fedor Keith's note: This creepy tweet shows Fedor, the Russian space droid who recently spent some time on the ISS, looking out the window at a nuclear explosion. The weird picture is accompanied with this text :.

Fossils on Mars? If They Exist, NASA's Mars 2020 Rover has a Shot at Finding Them A recent study suggests the landing site for NASA's next Mars rover holds minerals that often preserve fossils on Earth.

"Unique in Our Solar System" - Physics of Enceladus's Perpetually Erupting Ocean Fissures Working with Max Rudolph of the University of California, Davis and Michael Manga of UC Berkeley, Hemingway used models to investigate the physical forces acting on Enceladus that allow the tiger stripe fissures to form and remain in place. Their findings are published by Nature Astronomy.

Meade Instruments Files for Bankruptcy Protection Meade Instruments, based in Irvine, California, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 4, 2019, following its loss of a multi-million dollar antitrust lawsuit brought by Orion Telescopes and Binoculars. The filing claims Meade's debts range between $10 million to $50 million.

Black Holes and Planets First of all, the central region around a black hole emits a large amount of energy. And, you'd think that radiation would destroy any chances for planets to form. However, the dust disk is very dense, and that can block the radiation.

Space policy roundup - Dec.9.2019 A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government related space news and resource items that I found of interest :. Webcasts:. ** Space Policy Edition: The Biggest Policy Moments of the Decade - The Planetary Society.

How the Icy Moon Enceladus Got 'Tiger Stripes' at its South Pole Saturn's moon Enceladus has mysterious, evenly spaced fissures in its icy shell where water erupts into space.

Quantum "vacuum squeezers" improve sensitivity of gravity wave detectors Research install a quantum “squeezer” device into one of LIGO’s gravity wave detectors. Image: Lisa Barsotti The world’s premier gravity wave detectors are now using so-called quantum vacuum “squee…

How Saturn's Moon Got Its Stripes Astronomers have struggled to understand the origin of the parallel fractures on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, known as "tiger stripes," from which water-ice spews into space. Now, a single explanation ties all the pieces together. Saturn's moon Enceladus is famous for its water-spewing geysers, an outward sign of an underground saltwater ocean.

Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines - "Biology's Hubble Telescope to New Object at Far Side of the Milky Way" Last week's headlines from Biology’s Hubble Telescope to New Object at Far Side of the Milky Way.

"Squeezing Spacetime" - LIGO Researchers End-Run Nature to Detect Gravitational Waves MIT and Caltech researchers end-run nature with a new instrument that extends LIGO’s reach “squeezing” out quantum noise.

Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup - Dec.9.2019 A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs :. **AzTechSat-1 CubeSat built by Mexican students reaches the ISS: Mexican Students Launch a Small Satellite to the Space Station - NASA.

Cutting Deals To Get The Space Force Trump's Excellent Space Force Adventure, Washington Post. "The creation of a Space Force is still being negotiated in Congress, where different versions of it have passed the House and Senate. As of press time, it's unclear whether the new military service will be included in the upcoming defense authorization act.

Sweet! Sugars found in meteorites for the first time Scientists have definitively found sugars in meteorites for the first time, which are and important part of the development of life on Earth.

Elon Musk's SpaceX warned: Your internet-beaming satellites disrupt astronomy SpaceX's broadband project could severely disrupt space imaging and astroid detection.

SpaceX CRS-19 On 25 May 2012, a cargo variant of Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and attach to the International Space Station. SpaceX is contracted to deliver cargo to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services program, and Dragon began regular cargo flights in October 2012.

Catalyzing space debris removal, salvage, and use The authors foresee that, over the next couple of decades, there will be a significant expansion into space. In our estimation, much of industry will eventually move off Earth and millions of people will someday be living and working in space in thriving communities for the benefit of all humans, including those remaining on Earth.

How many spaceports are too many? There is no shortage of spaceports in the United States. When launch sites come to mind, one usually thinks of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and neighboring Kennedy Space Center, or perhaps Vandenberg Air Force Base in California or Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Giant leaps for humanity: Liberalism for a multiplanetary species Progressives and socialists will be elated that all walks of life will finally start getting access to the great common that is the cosmos, and that the technology derived for and from these missions will be used to advance society in an ever better direction, helping to fight oppression and secure social justice along the way.

Review: Beyond the Known Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars by Andrew Rader Scribner, 2019 hardcover, 352 pp., illus.

The grand samsaric cycles Cycle of the Zodiac Signs: Cardinal - > Fixed - > Mutable Rising Wave - > Steady wave - > Falling wave Rising investment - > Fixed investment - > Falling investment Ego rising - > Ego…

Science Needs True Diversity To Succeed, And Australian Astronomy Shows How We Can Get It Australian astronomy punches well above its weight, in terms of the research it leads and the facilities it houses. We have made remarkable discoveries in the past year alone. Our scientists have recently narrowed down the time frame for the first light in the universe.

Looking Sideways from the Parker Solar Probe Starting in 2018 though, NASA launched the robotic Parker Solar Probe to investigate regions near to the Sun for the first time. The PSP&#82…

NASA Ames Public Affairs Is Asleep. Or Clueless. Probably Both. "The Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, announced this week it signed a partnership agreement with NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, to help startup founders connect to selected NASA software and technologies while providing a robust global network of startup resources.

Course Reflection: Astronomy It's the end of the semester, so that means it's time to reflect on my courses. Why not just write this as a blog post? That's what I will do. The Course:. I've already talked about this course when I started the semester. So, here is a short review. The Good:.

Science needs true diversity to succeed - and Australian astronomy shows how we can get it A determined approach to improving diversity will also lead to better science.

FIRE December Update Progress to Early Retirement: 57.0%: Progress to Financial Independence : 76.0%: Progress to Half Annual Spending: 114.0%: Percent Home Ownership: 58.6%: Net Worth / Annual Spending Tax Adj. 14.3x of that Home: 2.2x Retire: 8.8x Non-Retire: 3.2x. Well now I get to say that for the forth month in a row that I am working hard towards that deadline.

Letter from Austin Michael, when you say moons do you see cold stone floating in the firmament or phrases frayed in the mouth and spat on paper? And does the Spanish moon simmer at a similar pace to mine or yours? Which embers blush brighter?

My space in the sky Years ago my aunt gifted me a toy. It was basically a kit to spy on people. I don't know why they made it for kids, but anyway… it had a motion sensor, different kind of lights, and interestingly, a telescope attachment.

Geminid Meteors over Chile Are meteors streaming out from a point in the sky? Yes, in a way. When the Earth crosses a stream of Sun-orbiting meteors, these meteors appear to come from the direction of the stream — with…

Elon Musk turnaround: SpaceX working on Starlink satellite so it won’t disrupt astronomy SPACEX has said they will work on the Starlink’s brightness problem after several complaints by astronomers of light pollution.

NASA's Sun Surfer In 2018, NASA launched the Parker Solar probe, designed to travel within 6 million kilometres of the sun. To put that in context, the Earth is 149 million kilometres from the sun.

"Strange, Undetected Supermassive Objects" - May Exist At the Heart of Galaxies Could there be as yet unknown supermassive objects lurking at the hearts of galaxies other than black holes? An object so strange that it has managed to avoid gravitational collapse to form a singularity, the smallest object in the universe in an infinitely Planck-scale space?

In a first, astronomers find traces of a planet orbiting a white dwarf An artist’s impression of a Neptune-like ice giant planet orbiting a white dwarf. Because it orbits the stellar remnant at close range, much of the planet’s atmosphere has been stripped away by int…

Holiday Gift Giving - Non-Fiction Books 1 Happy Holiday Shopping Guide! Annie's Book Stop of Worcester, the "bigger on the inside" bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2019 recommendations of gifts for the winter holidays. This time, we'd like to introduce you to our vast array of non-fiction books.

See some future stars in Astronomy Club The week's comedy on demand. The week's comedy on demand. Only this week was the Fast Show's Charlie Higson bemoaning the lack of sketch shows on TV. But there is one place where they are making a comeback, Netflix.

Oort cloud mysteries What that means is that the comets can't be like the planets and do the same thing into all eternity, going round the Sun, I mean - well, the planets don't either, but that's because at one point the Sun won't be there for them anymore to go round.

Videos: "Space to Ground" ISS report - Dec.6.2019 Here is the latest episode in NASA's Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:. ** What Launches to Space On SpaceX's 19th Cargo Mission? On its 19th resupply mission, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will deliver cutting-edge scientific experiments to crew members aboard the International Space Station.

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Astronomy Club’ raises the bar for sketch comedy on Netflix - The Boston Globe The vampire's indignant that they hesitate. But what will the bloodsucker do when it's a sentient garlic bulb out on the doorstep? Quoth its cloves: "It's 2020, baby!" This kind of knowingly ridiculous "heightening" is a UCB specialty, and "Astronomy Club" lets the theater's star pupils showcase their mastery of it.

Meet Netflixs Astronomy Club — Theyre Hilarious These comedians have been killing it for years. Netflix finally took notice.

'Astronomy Club' reformats the sketch show There's a community for everyone online. View All. News, reviews, and guides for the world of online entertainment. View All. Where your off - and online identities collide. View All. If it happens online, it's here. View All. You've cut the cord-now what?

December Skies December is well known to those interested in studying the heavens because of the solstice, which this year comes at 3:19 p.m. Australian Eastern Dayligjt Time on Sunday 22nd. Virtually every culture has celebrated the solstice as a seasonal "turning point.

Netflix's 'Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show': TV Review The premiere of "Astronomy Club" is so dense with fully-formed jokes, wry social commentaries, and wild left turns that you'd be forgiven for wondering if you accidentally dropped into the show's second season rather than its first.

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show’ On Netflix, A Constellation Of Bright New Comedy Stars We're black, and we're all stars. And like most stars, nobody knows our names." Pause. "Yep." Fun fact about Zollar, though: Before Astronomy Club, she performed in a female improv trio, Doppelganger, with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata. That's a 100 percent success rate!

AASWomen Newsletter for December 6, 2019 Eds: JoEllen McBride, Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Maria Patterson, and Alessandra Aloisi 4. New NASA Postdoctoral Program Policy Helps level Playing Field 5. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Astronomy at West Virginia University 9.

Seeing Into an Abyss Kathryn showed us an image loaded with stars and galaxies, telling us that through the lens of a normal telescope, this area would appear as blank sky. What a profound statement, underscoring how our reality is shaped by our tools and instruments.

Bridenstine: "The NASA brand is the most valuable brand America has" Keith's note: Yesterday at the STA luncheon Jim Bridenstine said that "the NASA brand is the most valuable brand America has" - Inside - and outside our borders. In October I cited an example of how NASA's logo - its brand - has a ubiquitous, global reach - and that it is associated with exciting, hopeful, advanced things with no known downside.

The Sky This Week from December 6 to 15 While Venus and Saturn have an exquisite conjunction in the early evening, the annual Geminid meteor shower peaks under the bright light of a nearly Full Moon. This meteor lit up the skies above petroglyphs in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains during the 2013 shower.

A White Dwarf's Giant Planet Calling it a 'chance discovery,' the University of Warwick's Boris Gänsicke recently presented the results of his team's study of some 7,000 white dwarf stars, all of them cataloged by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. One drew particular interest because chemical elements turned up in spectroscopic studies indicating something unusual.

Orbiting robots could soon start repairing satellites in space By repairing and refueling satellites in space, fewer satellites would have to be launched into low-Earth orbit. By Hailey Rose McLaughlin - Published: Friday, December 06, 2019 Ou Ma testing out the technology that would allow satellites to repair and refuel each other in space.

Astronomy fellowship demonstrates measures to dismantle bias, increase diversity in STEM In 2017, the Heising-Simons Foundation-a family foundation that works in climate and clean energy, science, education, and human rights-established the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship to support early-career astronomers engaged in planetary research.

This Astronomy Club Sketch Will Make You Question Robin Hood’s Motives In this sketch from Netflix’s new Kenya Barris-produced sketch-comedy series ‘Astronomy Club, ’ Drew Tarver plays Robin Hood, who gets caught trying to rob a rich black couple’s house.

Where Is NASA's Plan For Sustainable Moon/Mars Exploration? The 60 day due date would therefore have been 21 October. It has been 45 days since the due date passed. Has anyone seen this report? Was it ever delivered? If not,.

Geminid Meteor Shower - December 13-14th It's not that I'm afraid of the cold but I'm just not sure why I never have made the effort. Unfortunately, 2019 will probably not be the year I attempt it either. You see, 2019's shower will peak in the early morning hours of December 14th and the number of visible meteors will be greatly diminished by the 18-day old moon.

The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections Planetary exploration news for busy people.

"It Sparkles" - NASA Cracks Code of Asteroid Bennu's Particles "Among Bennu's many surprises, the particle ejections sparked our curiosity, and we've spent the last several months investigating this mystery," said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona about the objects active discharging of particles into space.

More Than Just Astronomy: Radio Telescopes for Geophysics "The international network of Very Long Baseline Interferometry telescopes provides an existing, yet unexploited, link to unify satellite-radar measurements on a global scale," the researchers concluded in their study, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters in November.

TESS saw the comet 47/P Wirtanen undergo an outburst after a debris impact The TESS observatory saw comet 47P/Wirtanen brighten dramatically after it was hot by a small asteroid.

Netflix’s ‘Astronomy Club’ is an A+ sketch show skewering Hollywood’s “C+” on race Soon after, the club parleyed their award into a deal to create digital shorts for Comedy Central, adapting some memorable bits from their stage show into shareable videos. By that time, though, Braylock, Milligan, and James III had already ventured out in another medium.

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 6 - 14 - The Moon shines lower left of the Great Square of Pegasus. - Gulf Coast asteroid occultation tonight. David Dunham writes, "One of the brighter asteroidal occultations of the year will occur just before 11pm CST across southern Texas, just s. of New Orleans, and over Jacksonville, FL.

Twenty years of X-ray astronomy with XMM-Newton One of the most successful European space missions is celebrating its birthday: the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory developed and built by Airbus for the European Space Agency lifted off at 3.32 pm CET on 10 December 1999 to explore the wonders of the X-ray universe.

'Astronomy Club' is Netflix's best comedy offering of the year and needs to be on your watchlist now! Each episode is unique and fresh with the group throwing different sketches at you in a way you will not expect it. In fact, the only flaw the Netflix show might have is that it does not have more episodes. All episodes of the first season of 'Astronomy Club' are now streaming on Netflix.

How to observe the Geminid meteor shower in 2019 This is routinely the strongest and most reliable shower of "shooting stars" of the year. Unfortunately, conditions will be far from ideal in 2019 for observing the Geminids as the Moon will be very bright, having reached full phase on December 12th.

Revered Astronomy Prof., Former Department Chair, Dies at 80 After Prominent Career Praised as an engaging professor, respected academic, persistent leader, compassionate friend and supportive colleague, Prof. Yervant Terzian, astronomy, passed away last week on Nov. 25 at the age of 80 "after a long illness," according to his obituary.

The Best Argument for God’s Existence I've been asked this before. Can I adjust your question a little bit? Instead of a single argument consider the breadth of arguments:. We can debate the merits of any single argument all day long but consider the fact that there are multiple arguments.

Pleiades to Hyades This cosmic vista stretches almost 20 degrees from top to bottom, across the dusty constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two star clusters recognized since antiqui…

The Luni-Solar Calendar Date: Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:52 AM. The seasons are best predicted using solar calendars. Seasons are very important to farmers. The Julian year that we use every day is solar in it's year-durations and historically messed up in it's month-durations.

Netflix's 'Astronomy Club' Is Chock-Full of Really Funny People Netflix's new sketch series 'Astronomy Club' features an all-black cast of comedians talking pop culture and social issues.

Space sciences roundup - Dec.5.2019 A sampling of recent articles, videos, and images from space-related science news items :. Sun. ** Initial results from Parker Solar Probe published: First NASA Parker Solar Probe Results Reveal Surprising Details of Sun - NASA.

Imagine A Million People Living On The Moon in 50 Years At one point he talked about seeing a "million people living on the Moon in 50 years". So I tweeted that. Soon Twitter lit up with people doing weird math as to how many SLS flights would be required and at what cost. Seriously space fans? SpaceX Starship anyone?

Celestial Seasonings - December 2019 By Heather Durham - December 5, 2019. Due to holidays and snowstorms, we join the celestial show already in progress. December 2. The Pheonicid meteor shower will originate from the Constellation Phoenix. December 4. The first quarter phase of the Moon should shine brightly in the evening sky.

Dear Space Force Fans: Please Chill Out The Space Force's moment of truth, op ed, Peter Garretson, Politico. "Within the Bay Area itself are Made-in-Space, NASA's Ames Research Center, and a conglomerate of Silicon Valley affiliated companies. How will they fare without the Space Force?

This huge galaxy has the biggest black hole ever measured The monster black hole in galaxy cluster Abell 85 is roughly the size of our solar system, but packs the mass of 40 billion suns. By Erika K. Carlson - Published: Thursday, December 05, 2019 The Abell 85 galaxy cluster, shown here, is home to the largest black hole known in the universe.

Astronomy Club Is the Crown Jewel of a Groundbreaking Year for Black Sketch Comedy - TV Guide OK, fine - that was more of a riddle than a joke. And it's probably not going to land this writer an invitation to join the professional pranksters in Astronomy Club, a band of black comics who coalesced in 2014 and built buzz through New York performances and sidesplitting online videos.

Meet CIMON-2, a new and improved robotic AI astronaut In 2018, a $6 million basketball-sized, floating computer named CIMON gained fame for its interactions with Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut and geophysicist with the European Space Agency.

How a White Dwarf Is Vaporizing Its Giant Planet For the first time Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a white dwarf star. The planet appears to be evaporating as the white dwarf consumes the resulting gas.

Asteroid Bennu's Activity Still a Mystery The near-Earth asteroid constantly shoots out rocks, leaving planetary scientists perplexed. The asteroid 101955 Bennu is spitting at us, and we don't know why. The spittle takes the form of centimeter-size bits of rock shooting irregularly out from the asteroid's surface.

Astronomy Toys Market - Uncertainty Prevails - Edu-Science, Educational Insights, Learning Resources HTF MI Analyst have added a new research study on Title Global Astronomy Toys Market Report 2019 - History, Present and Future with detailed information of Product Types, Applications and Key Players Such as Edu-Science, Educational Insights, Learning Resources and Uncle Milton etc.

First Science Returns from NASA's Parker Solar Probe In the first public release of data from NASA's flagship heliophysics mission, scientists on the Parker Solar Probe team reveal surprises and mysteries from our host star. We may not know our nearest star as well as we thought.

From 'Astronomy Club' To 'Black Men Can't Jump,' These Comics Reach For The Stars Jerah Milligan, James III, and Jonathan Braylock are three members of the Astronomy Club sketch… group who comprise the 'Black Men Can't Jump' podcast.

"Stranger Than Imagined" - Weird Dynamics of Earth's Star Since it's launch in 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned unprecedented data from near the Sun, culminating in new discoveries published on Dec. 4, 2019, in the journal Nature revealing that the dynamics of our star are even stranger than once imagined.

Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: Astronomy Club, Marriage Story - TV Guide Hay, you canter get enough of this mane attraction. For the whinny!. Three Days of Christmas: The Netflix algorithm machine has figured out that we love Christmas movies, so it's taking the next step: a Christmas television show about four sisters whose lives are tracked across time.

Global Astronomy Toys & Models Market 2019: In-Depth Industry Analysis on Size, Cost Structure and Prominent Key Players Analysis The Astronomy Toys and Models Market has grown exponentially in the last few years and this trend is projected to continue following the same trend until 2024.

WATCH: My First Contact with the Cast of Astronomy Club The cast of the new Netflix series shares their first contact with Star Trek.

Bright Moon photobombs Geminid meteor shower peak on 14 December The rich and reliable Geminid meteor shower is active from 4–17 December and predicted to peak between 2h and 23h UT on Saturday the 14th this year. However, these bright and slo…

Record-setting ultra-massive black hole found at heart of galaxy cluster The data indicated the presence of a black hole with a mass of 40 billion suns. "This is several times larger than expected from indirect measurements, such as the stellar mass or the velocity dispersion of the galaxy," said Roberto Saglia, a senior scientist MPE and lecturer at the LMU.

India Races to the Moon Aryan Girish - Year 10 Student. Russia……America…….China: these nations all go by the name of space superpowers, and all have achieved the gargantuan achievement of sending a satellite to the Moon. The year is 1969 and the US and the erstwhile USSR are both heavily involved in the space race over who can get man to the Moon first.

Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744 Beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way. It lies some 30 million light-years distant in the southern constellation Pavo and appears as o…

University of Rochester: Physics and Astronomy Students accepted to this program conduct research in fields such as optics, plasma physics, and astronomy. Plus this is where I got my PhD. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020. Duration: May 27 through July 31, 2020. Stipend: $5,000 for the 10-week program.

U. astronomy professor awarded Kyoto Prize This past June, James Gunn, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy Emeritus, was awarded the Kyoto Prize honoring his breakthrough achievements in the astrophysical sciences.

The Daily Dose: Effects of police violence in America shown to affect unborn babies, study The Scientific Inquirer needs your support. Help us pay our contributors for their hard work. Visit our Patreon page and discover ways that you can make a difference.

NASA JSC Certainly Got All Of The Safety Memos From a retired NASA employee and long-time NASAWatch reader:. "Keith, the attached photo was just too instructive to pass up. Let me explain. This is at the Gilruth Center at JSC. I believe that it visually shows the risk averse nature of NASA and says something about space politics.

This Giant Planet is 4 Times Bigger Than its Dead Star Astronomers discovered a Neptune-sized planet orbiting an Earth-sized star. The white dwarf star is making the planet lose some 260 million tons of material every day.

New Horizons: A Slowing Solar Wind Far from Earth It should be evident why getting information about the solar wind is useful for future deep space missions. Concepts like the electric sail, recently discussed in these pages, and various forms of magnetic sail using superconductors all rely on hitching a ride on this fast-moving stream of particles and magnetic fields emanating from the Sun.

NASA's Mission to the Sun is Already Cracking Some of our Star's Mysteries One of the biggest questions about the sun's corona and solar wind has been how the sun transports energy out into the corona, heating it to extreme temperatures and pushing solar wind to faster speeds.

"Fate of Our Solar System" - Giant Planet Found Orbiting Dying White Dwarf Star Discovery of a giant planet orbiting a dying White Dwarf Star also opens a new window into the final fate of planetary systems.

Giant planet found around tiny white dwarf star, a first Astronomers have discovered a giant planet orbiting a dead star that's just one-fourth the size of the planet itself, providing a glimpse into the ultimate fate of the solar system.

ESO: First Giant Planet around White Dwarf Found The latest news from the European Southern Observatory :. First Giant Planet around White Dwarf Found: ESO observations indicate the Neptune-like exoplanet is evaporating. Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star.

Low Gravity May Make Astronauts' Guts More Fragile In a lab experiment, researchers found that microgravity might keep the cells that line the insides of human intestines from forming strong barriers against food-borne disease agents. That could make astronauts more susceptible to negative bacteria, fungi and viruses.

The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out! Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding How Spirit and Opportunity Changed Our View of Mars. The Mars Exploration Rover science team gathered in Pasadena, CA for our final meeting on 11 June 2019, and I wondered if I had ordered enough Thai food.

What Comes Next on Mars? There are 4 goals: characterize the climate of Mars, characterize the geology of Mars, determine whether life ever arose on Mars, and prepare for human exploration. ESA's Mars mission goals are similar.

"Magic Islands" - Titan's Very Weird Lakes Scientists have noticed bright spots in these lakes, which appeared in some pictures from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and mysteriously vanished in others. They later theorized these "magic islands" might be outbursts of nitrogen bubbles.

People. Passion. Planets. The caucus, which unites members of Congress from both parties who are passionate about promoting the scientific exploration of space, currently boasts 20 members and continues to grow. Thanks to your many years of advocacy for planetary defense, real progress is being made.

15 holiday gift ideas for space fans and future astronauts Bill Nye says that this book is great for astronomers of all ages! Astronomy for Kids: How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes! Written by a planetary scientist, this best-selling book demonstrates various ways to view the stars and other space objects with or without special equipment.

Texas Tech astrophysicist recognized for pioneering new field of multi-messenger astronomy Alessandra Corsi, Ph.D., associate professor at Texas Tech University, is the recipient of the TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Science for her paradigm-shifting research on the merger… view more. Credit: TAMEST.

Now, we shine The dark of the moon is also beautiful. The night moves, the scent of warmth receding, bearing with it grass and tree, oil and metal, wood and animal musk, and on the wind that bears warmth away comes the cool of moisture on the face, the scent of rain borne not on water but through wind, less weather than a wash of thirst slaked against skin.

Interesting Results Today From Parker Solar Probe This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on December 4, 2019 8:37 AM. Dmitry Rogozin Certainly Has A Sweet Deal Right Now was the previous entry in this blog. Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Dmitry Rogozin Certainly Has A Sweet Deal Right Now This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on December 4, 2019 7:20 AM. Bridenstine and Loverro Answered All The Tough Questions was the previous entry in this blog. Interesting Results Today From Parker Solar Probe is the next entry in this blog.

Hypatia, the lady philosopher / mathematician/astronomer Sometimes writing about history is hard. At the beginning of this project, I'd envisioned a fun and slightly wacky tour through Western Civilization presented by a fun and slightly wacky uncle. The story of human beings is often violent and cruel, though.

ASTRONOMY: Theories of The Christmas Star It is now December and the end of the year is nigh. Last month, I wrote of the endings of things such as the year and stars. I included a photo of a star that had gently sloughed off its outer shell of gas and was in the throes of its death as a star.

Astronomy Toys Market to Grow with a High CAGR - Global Industry Analysis, Key Manufacturers, Trends, Size, and 2024 Forecasts The Astronomy Toys Market has grown exponentially in the last few years and this trend is projected to continue following the same trend until 2024. Based on the industrial chain, Astronomy Toys Market report mainly elaborates the definition, types, applications and major players of Astronomy Toys market in details.

'Astronomy Club' Season 1: What can viewers expect from Netflix's upcoming sketch comedy show? The group's sketches offer a comedic take on a variety of relatable issues and the upcoming Netflix show can be expected to do the same. The series will feature a show within a show, in the form of a fake reality show with all the members living together in one house.

The Darkest Time of the Year First comes the earliest sunset, in early December. Then there's the winter solstice half a month later on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest minutes of daylight. Finally, another two weeks later, in early January, we get our murkiest morning-the latest sunrise.

Welcome to Boca Chica, the Tiny Texas Town Where SpaceX is Building its Starship A tiny community on Texas' southernmost tip has become a prime destination for the spaceflight faithful.

Hubble Sees a Galaxy Brimming with Young Suns By analyzing the light and energy from galaxies like NGC 3749, astronomers can learn about them from millions of light-years away.

Career Profiles: Geochemist to Planetary Scientist The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is compiling interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.

Bridenstine and Loverro Answered The Tough Questions NASA Town Hall To Welcome Douglas Loverro was the previous entry in this blog. Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Why ‘Astronomy Club, ’ ‘Sherman’s Showcase’ Choose Cultural Comedy Over Politics For instance, "Sherman's Showcase" blends music and comedy a la "In Living Color," while "A Black Lady Sketch Show," which was created by comedian Robin Thede, boasts an all-black women writers room and an all-black female cast that portrays women and men.

The Starlink Situation By now many of us have seen the photo of the Starlink satellite train launched by SpaceX crossing the field of view of a professional telescope, and perhaps also the video of Starlinks interfering with a meteor-monitoring video camera. The shots are dramatic - even shocking - but they're also a bit misleading.

This Space Anthropologist Is Chronicling Astronauts' Lives in Orbit Space anthropologist Jack Stuster has interviewed and observed astronauts for decades. He's also worked with NASA to improve the human experience of space exploration.

Space transport roundup - Dec.3.2019 A sampling of recent articles, videos, and images dealing with space transport :. ** A SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to launch a Cargo Dragon to the ISS on Wednesday at 12:51 pm EST from Cape Canaveral. SpaceX Targeting Wednesday, Dec. 4, for CRS-19 Launch - SpaceX/NASA.

The Galaxy Report - "Astronaut's Map for Saturn's Titan to New Search for Extraterrestrials" Today's "Galaxy Report" connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our knowledge of the Milky Way and Universe beyond. Go Ahead, Take a Spin on Titan - Saturn's biggest moon has gasoline for rain, soot for snow and a subsurface ocean of ammonia.

"Great Oxidation Event" - A Story of Volcanoes, Tectonics and Bacteria Unique to Earth? The research appears this week in Nature Geoscience. "What makes this unique is that it's not just trying to explain the rise of oxygen," said Eguchi, who conducted the work for his Ph.D. dissertation at Rice.

Solar Sleuths Solve 60-Year-Old Mystery of Sun's Magnetic Waves For more than 60 years observations of the Sun have shown that as the magnetic waves leave the interior of the Sun they grow in strength but until now there has been no solid observational evidence as to why this was the case. The corona's high temperatures have also always been a mystery.

The Appearance of a Black Hole's Shadow In a new study, a team of scientists has now explored what determines the size and shape of black hole shadows like this one. The stunning new radio images of the supermassive black hole in nearby galaxy Messier 87, released this spring by the Event Horizon Telescope team, revealed a bright ring of emission surrounding a dark, circular region.

Debris from India's crashed lunar lander found on the Moon's surface Their second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was only partly successful: While the orbiter has been mapping the Moon and continues to perform well, the Vikram lander suffered a malfunction in early September while descending to the surface. It veered off-course while still a couple of kilometers up, and contact was lost seconds before touchdown.

Time Dilation - Einstein's Thought Time Dilation, like many other things, was a thought, Albert Einstein had. His work was highly influenced by two of the genius scientists namely Isaac Newton, and James Maxwell. Einstein never said 'everything is relative'.

M27: The Dumbbell Nebula Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The first hint of our Sun’s future was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse obj…

The Sun & The Moon We hope everyone survived Black Friday Weekend, which included Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. We got through it in good shape.

Astronomers Find Surprisingly Complex Magnetic Fields in a Galaxy's Halo Astronomers hope to explain how galaxies like this one can grow magnetic fields that stretch for thousands of light-years – and what affect they have on galactic evolution.

Space policy roundup - Dec.2.2019 A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government related space news and resource items that I found of interest :. Webcasts:. ** Mission Eve: Episode 0112: Harriet Brettle. Harriet Brettle is a business analyst at Astroscale, a commercial space company dedicated to cleaning up orbital debris.

December astronomy column highlights the changing shaps Hello again fellow Sky Watchers We are approaching the end of another year in the sky and this month I'd like to show you how the shape of the sky can change with the time of year. Let's go back to late June at 10 p.m. and we would see a shape which we called the Summer Triangle.

Southern Vermont Astronomy Group Posted Monday, December 2, 2019 2:45 pm by [email protected] At the December monthly meeting of The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group, SoVerA member Michel Tournay will present on his experience and photography from this year's Chilean solar eclipse adventure.

The Space Show this week - Dec.2.2019 The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019; 2 pm PST : We welcome back Doctor Sean Casey for new views and perspectives on commercial space and investment. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019; 7-8:30 pm PST : We welcome Bryce Meyer of CMU for space farming, closed life support and more.

Hubble spots a galaxy brimming with young suns By analyzing the light and energy from galaxies like NGC 3749, astronomers can learn about them from millions of light-years away. By Hailey Rose McLaughlin - Published: Monday, December 2, 2019 NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a fresh look at NGC 3749, a spiral galaxy that sits about 135 million light-years away from Earth.

Astronomers see stars slinging comets at Earth for the first time Note that the Oort Cloud referred to in the article, although often discussed as though it exists, has to date never been directly observed, perhaps due to its supposed great distance from Earth. &…

NASA Town Hall To Welcome Douglas Loverro This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on December 2, 2019 1:53 PM. Book Review of "See You In Orbit? Our Dream of Spaceflight" was the previous entry in this blog. Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

"Biology's Hubble Telescope" - A Time Machine To Explore Evolution of Life "What we've made lets us dig ten times deeper than what we've been able to do before, helping us to see hundreds of millions of years into the past," says Evan Floden, a researcher at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona who led on developing a new tool that simultaneously compares 1.4 million genetic sequences.

Lunar probe explores lunar mantle origins A lunar lander named for the Chinese goddess of the moon may have lessened the mystery of the far side of the moon. The fourth probe of Chang'E was the first mission to land on the far side of the moon, and it has collected new evidence from the largest crater in the solar system, clarifying how the moon may have evolved.

December 2nd Chet-Raymo - the Soul of the Night - Creative Non-fiction: a story of a different color I, as a student of a writing class, once made a crass statement about journalistic writing not being real writing. "How can it be?" I stated, "All you do is report the facts." Well, that caused much vitriol among the journalistic students who then educated me on how journalists also have a story to tell.

The discovery of dark energy In this post I talk about the unexpected finding made in the late 1990's that the rate of expansion of the Universe is increasing due to dark energy. This was totally unexpected and won its discoverers the Nobel prize for physics. Astronomers have known since the late 1920's that the Universe is expanding.

Book Review of "See You In Orbit? Our Dream of Spaceflight" "See You In Orbit? Our Dream of Spaceflight" by Alan Ladwig presents a comprehensive look by a space insider into the history of what space travel means to people. It details how individuals, space agencies, and companies have sought to give more people a chance to visit space.

Astronomy news: December events timeline - meteor showers, Full Moon and winter solstice The Gemenids meteor shower. On December 14, the Geminids meteor shower will peak, raining meteors down on Earth. According to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, the meteor shower peaks between dusk and dawn, with the best time to see them at around 2am.

New Method May Expedite Search for Exoplanets with Atmospheres A team of astronomers propose screening exoplanets by their temperatures to determine whether they host an atmosphere - and are worth following up.

The First Interstellar Comet Could Disintegrate When it Gets Close to the Sun Comet 2I/Borisov has a lot in common with comets from our own solar system. That could be a sign the alien comet will burn up on its closest approach to the sun.

Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines - "The Oumuamua Paradox to Antarctic Ice Prophesy" Last Week's Top 5 Space and Science Headlines - "The Oumuamua Paradox to Antarctic Ice Prophesy"

How OMB Prioritizes What NASA Wants Beyond the decadal surveys: Establishing policy for US space science, Physics Today. Space science is, for the most part, handled by just a few career civil servants. I've not come across anyone in Congress or the executive branch who simply did not want to fund space-science missions.

Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup - Dec.2.2019 A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs :. ** The Community Satellite Project aims to crowd-develop CubeSats.

Q: How did this black hole get so big? A: Maybe it's really two black holes. A black hole in the Milky Way is so massive models have a hard time explaining it. But it may actually be two black holes close together.

Scientists conclude planets possible around supermassive black holes An artist’s impression of planets orbiting a supermassive black hole. Image: Kagoshima University Theoreticians in two different fields defied the common knowledge that planets orbit stars like the…

Researchers borrow astronomy algorithms to tackle skin conditions Research carried out at the Scotland university used algorithms usually used in astronomy to test how certain treatments would work in medical trials.

Tom Gauld's "Rooftop Astronomy" Françoise Mouly talks to the artist Tom Gauld, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, about his cover for the December 9, 2019, issue of the magazine.

Funding Europe's space ambitions If you wondered into one of the plazas in the heart of Seville, Spain, during the middle of last week, you would have encountered a big, white… blob. It was, in fact, a giant tent, erected by Airbus Defence and Space and open to the public.

All in the family Next year, if everything goes according to plan, American astronauts will once again ride into space on board American spacecraft. This has been a long time coming, and at least part of the delay has been due to NASA conducting extensive safety reviews of the new spacecraft and space companies learning how to design and operate spacecraft safely.

In search of a space culture This overarching space force culture that I propose here would be the foundation for the greater culture to be developed and honed, that of a Space Warfighter. The foundation of this Space Force culture I propose here is based on three principles:.

Trends in technology development in the US and USSR during the Space Race Among the populace, leaving aside politics and even more in the USSR than the US, the inherent appeal of exploring this vast and mysterious "outer space" generated excitement.

Review: Alcohol in Space Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future by Chris Carberry McFarland, 2019 paperback, 217 pp., illus. Later this week, Budweiser is going to the International Space Station. Not the beer, mind you, but instead a barley experiment sponsored by the company, part of a set of research payloads on board the latest SpaceX Dragon cargo mission.

The Purple Hills of Proxima b In our continuing look at biosignatures that could flag the presence of life on other worlds, we've sometimes considered the so-called 'red edge,' the sharp change in reflectance of vegetation that shows up in the near-infrared.

Strange Happenings in December Not much is known about the origins of the European holiday Krampusnatch, but we do know that it is celebrated the night of December 5th, before the feast of Saint Nicholas. The holiday pays homage to Krampus, the hairy, horned companion of Saint Nicholas who punishes misbehaving children.

Thank Science! SciShow - Nov 29, 2019 - 6:29Around the world, there are lakes that disappear without warning. Then, even stranger, they come back! This can happen for lots of different reasons, and the fact that they vanish and reappear reveals some surprising connections.

Astronomy, The Liberal Art History, rhetoric, grammar and so on are the mainstays of the liberating arts. But there's one discipline that was usually included that you may find as a surprising inclusion in a comprehensive education in what we now call liberal arts: astronomy. Astronomy was once considered an especially important skill.

Videos: Night sky highlights for December 2019 What's Up: December 2019 - Skywatching Tips from NASA JPL. ** Tonight's Sky: December 2019 - Space Telescope Science Institute. Step outside on a cold December night when the stars shine bright to find the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, and Cepheus. They will help you locate a binary star system, a fan-shaped open star cluster, and a variable star.

Starburst Galaxy M94 from Hubble Why does this galaxy have a ring of bright blue stars? Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs.

University of Michigan: Physics This REU programs is fairly unique in that accepted student help to "create an appropriate project" for themselves in the general realm of physics with the guidance of researchers as the University of Michigan. This in done in place of student being assigned to preexisting research.

Space transport roundup - Nov.30.2019 A sampling of recent articles, videos, and images dealing with space transport :. ** Rocket Lab's launch of an Electron rocket has been delayed:. More about the mission:.

Cosmological Inflation The theory of inflation came to be after cosmologists found a few faults in our understanding of expansion. It has always been one of the craziest topics to me, because so little is understood about it. Yet, it seems to fit exceptionally well with our model of the universe.

How To Detect A Wormhole Who isn't fascinated by wormholes? Dude, they're like, shortcuts through spacetime! Far out, man! Not that I have ever understood the physics, myself. I only know the science fiction versions, which always seem to have hand wavey magic that makes them work.

Creating A Movement for Space A Look Back at The Planetary Society's Founding Documents. The…. - Society. During the months leading up to the founding of The Planetary Society, that was the organization's place-holder name.

A Stormy Holiday This year, I spent Thanksgiving on the job at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Because my daughter had the week off, we opted to have our family celebration at home on Monday before my work week began. Over the last dozen years, I've spent several Thanksgivings on the job.

Thin ice Willow and I followed the road west. It was twisted and busy. Folks heading to the resort in the mountains. When we got to the resort we kept going. Trying to put the light behind us in an attempt to get realigned with the stars.

What to see in the night sky in December 2019 Here's more of what you can see in the night sky in December 2019. Mercury is nearly as far west from the Sun as it can be as December opens. This makes the first few mornings of the month a good opportunity to spot the innermost planet in the morning sky.

Star Trails for a Red Planet Does Mars have a north star? In long exposures of Earth’s night sky, star trails make concentric arcs around the north celestial pole, the direction of our fair planet’s axis of rotatio…

Physics Smackdown, Part III: Roger Penrose and Robert Crease Weigh In In my two previous posts, I showcased starkly different ways of interpreting quantum mechanics and, by extension, two starkly diffent ways of understanding the relationship between us humans and the universe around us.

From Eternity to Now by Sean Carroll Basically, even though our universe is possible, it is apparently more likely that localized drops in entropy would produce intelligent disembodied brains floating in space far more frequently than the series of events that were necessary to lead to us.

December 2019 astronomy events: Geminid meteor shower, winter solstice The December solstice will begin on Dec. 21, 2019, at 11:19 p.m. That will usher in the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer for the Southern Hemisphere. On Dec. 26, an annular solar eclipse will be visible in the Middle East, southern India and parts of Indonesia.

Astronomy: December nights' overlooked gems December is a time of change as the seasons morph from autumn to winter and the years strike ahead. So too does its night sky as the denizens of the Celestial Sea dive toward the western horizon, giving ground to the creatures of the Milky Way galaxy.

Northwestern University: Astrophysics Northwestern University's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics plans to hire eight REU students. Astronomers work in collaboration with computer scientists, chemists, engineers, planetary scientists, mathematicians, etc.

The Galaxy Report - "Supernova at the Bottom of the Sea to Unknown Mysteries of the Cosmos" "The Galaxy Report" connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our knowledge of the Milky Way and Universe beyond.

Suburban Astronomy: What Can I see from my Backyard? Bring your own telescope or take a turn with Rick’s.This program is designed for adults and teens, children under age 12 are also welcome if they attend with an Adult. Give the Gift of DNA for the Holidays: Genealogy Test Kit Advice Kris Kringle Market featuring Lemont Garden Club Holiday Decor.

Move over Graphene: Next-Gen 2D Materials Could Revolutionize Technology Meet borophene, phosphorene and the rest of the next generation of “atomically thin” super-materials.

On the Far Side the Milky Way - Colossal New Black Hole & Orbiting Star A new gargantua, a black hole known as LB-1, has been discovered lurking at the far side of the Milky Way with a mass that is around 70 times larger than our sun with an orbiting blue monster, a star eight times the size of the sun. In a new study, published in the journal Nature on Nov.

These So-Called 'Super-Puff' Worlds Could Be Exoplanets with Rings Astronomers investigate whether mysterious low-density planets are actually ringed planets that have been misunderstood.

Quantum Physics is No More Mysterious Than Crossing the Street: A Conversation with Chris Fuchs According to a quantum interpretation called QBism, there's no need for parallel universes or physics mysticism.

Videos: "Space to Ground" ISS report - Nov.29.2019 Here is the latest episode in NASA's Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:. ** How NASA will bake in space for the first time and why that's a BIG deal! ** Expedition 61 Thanksgiving Message.

Letters from an Astrophysicist Do you ever wonder what kinds of letters a famous person gets? Do you ever wonder what kinds of responses they give? Neil DeGrasse Tyson provides a little snapshot into the celebrity mail world in his latest book, Letters from an Astrophysicist.

Black hole discovery: How an 'impossibly' heavy black hole will 'update astronomy books' A BLACK HOLE found inside of the Milky Way boasts an “impossible mass” and threatens to disrupt the field of astronomy, a black hole expert has astonishingly claimed.

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Meteors and more: December's top astronomy events are on the way The month of December features the best meteor shower of the year as well as a rare celestial alignment. Let's find out more what's in store for the cosmos.

We were wrong the whole time about '42' NGC 2169 is a small cluster of stars coincidentally shaped almost exactly like the numeral 37.

This Week's Sky at a Glance, Nov. 29 - Dec. 7 - The Moon pairs with Saturn in late twilight, as shown here. Start looking early, before Venus and especially Jupiter get too low. - Vega still shines brightly well up in the west-northwest after dark. The brightest star above it is Deneb, the head of the big Northern Cross, which is made of the brightest stars of Cygnus.

Your 2019 Holiday Gift Guide For Space, Astronomy, And Science Lovers Zwicky was creative and never afraid to reach way out of the box; yet his wild ideas didn't just challenge the status quo, they were often correct and occasionally revolutionary.

The Sky This Week from November 29 to December 8 Three bright planets line up in early December's evening sky, while the predawn hours feature two more. And by week's end, the prolific Geminid meteor shower starts to ramp up. A half-lit Moon dominates the evening sky at midweek.

Galileo s Europa Remastered Looping through the Jovian system in the late 1990s, the Galileo spacecraft recorded stunning views of Europa and uncovered evidence that the moon’s icy surface likely hides a deep, global oc…

December Astronomy: Early in the month, Venus Dances With Saturn; Later in the Month, It Rendezvouses With the Moon Venus becomes ever more prominent in the evening, while Jupiter, and then Saturn, sink into the southwest twilight glow in December. Mars, slowly brightening, appears in the southeast morning sky, with bright Mercury below it in the first half of the month.

What are the Future Development Paths of Astronomy? Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with studying celestial bodies and other phenomena in space. Over the years, astronomy has been at the forefront of the scientific revolution. Thanks to the night sky, farmers had a calendar throughout the course of human civilization.

Constellations, legends, and three men in a canoe. If you live in the western hemisphere, in particular North America, the constellation Orion is depicted as a mighty warrior. He wears a belt. He holds a sword. He stands heroically. In Australia though, looking up from the southern hemisphere, Orion's arrangement in the sky flips upside down.

Being grateful for, well, everything. Literally. The word "thankful" implies someone to thank; and of course we can be thankful to the people in our lives for what they mean to us. I'm all for that! But there's also "grateful," which can be interpreted as being thankful when there's no person to thank.

Kepler Discoveries These data are transmitted to Earth, then analyzed to detect periodic dimming caused by exoplanets that cross in front of their host star. Only planets whose orbits are seen edge-on from Earth can be detected. During its over nine and a half years of service, Kepler observed 530,506 stars and detected 2,662 planets.

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education will be hosted by the Haus der Astronomie The IAU has selected Haus der Astronomie, an astronomy outreach centre based in Heidelberg, Germany, as the location for its new Office of Astronomy for Education. First announced last year, the OAE will be established to promote astronomy in education and to achieve the education-related goals set out in the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030.

Moon and Planets at Twilight This week’s ongoing conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have whetted your appetite for skygazing. Tonight is the main course though. On November 28, a young crescent Moon will join them posi…

6 Ways to Dive Into the Science of Thanksgiving Avoid the Black Friday crowds and deepen your holiday enjoyment with these citizen science projects to get you out of the house. Each of the "courses" below are paired to a project that needs your help accomplishing real scientific research, from the study of seasons to understanding the monarch butterfly migration.

Planet Earth Report - "Ancient Mystery Fossil to Earth's Mini Moon" The "Planet Earth Report" connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species. Is This the First Fossil of an Embryo? - Mysterious 609-million-year-old balls of cells may be the oldest animal embryos - or something else entirely.

All-Natural Science! NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Nov 26, 2019 - 2:02. Take notes as you watch, so you can keep track through the month!. SciShow Space - Nov 26, 2019 - 6:27M31N 2008-12a is a rare phenomenon called a recurrent nova, and it may hold the key to understanding the lives and cataclysmic deaths of massive stars.

Diversity At NASA: A Work In Progress At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agency, Washington Post. "But debate still surrounds it.

This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead Instead, here are 5 conversation topics that can inspire and engage everyone. No holiday gathering is complete without discussing LightSail-The Planetary Society's crowd-funded, independently made cubesat that launched earlier this year. Just as sailboats use wind to cross the seas, so does LightSail use photons to control its orbit around Earth.

Website to popularise astronomy launched Admar seer launches facility created by PAAC.

"First Light of the Cosmos" - A Signal Detected from Epic Turning Point in the Universe Around 12 billion years ago, the universe emerged from a great cosmic dark age as the first stars and galaxies lit up. With a new analysis of data collected by the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, scientists are now closer than ever to detecting the ultra-faint signature of this turning point in cosmic history.

SA man earns Africa's first PhD in indigenous astronomy after unique work on the Batswana of southern Africa November 27, 2019 at 01:30 pm - Success Story. Support Pan-African Journalism Subscribe. eval; Motheo Koitsiwe developed his passion for indigenous knowledge systems research, particularly indigenous astronomy, at a tender age after consuming a lot of stories about the moon and stars.

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Heavyweight Black Hole Find Mystifies Astronomers Observations of a star have found it orbiting an unexpectedly massive black hole. If the discovery pans out, it would change our understanding of how massive stars die. Astronomers have found a seemingly "impossible" black hole about 14,000 light-years away.

A New Method of Hunting Nearby Black Holes Turns up a Monster Astronomers say this new way to find black holes could expand the small number discovered so far in our Milky Way galaxy.

Mars' Global Dust Storms - "The Cause of Vanished Water Over Eons?" Scientists think that dust-trapped water vapor may be riding them like an elevator to space, where solar radiation breaks apart their molecules. This might help explain how Mars' water disappeared over billions of years.

The wind from a galaxy's supermassive black hole helps make stars… in other galaxies Astronomers have found a compact group of galaxies clustered around an active galaxy, and that central galaxy's black hole is so powerful it's blowing a wind that's causing star formation in the galaxies around it! That's amazing, and the first time it's ever been seen.

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This Week's Sky: November 24 to 30 Mercury at maximum near Mars, young Moon meets pretty planets, and touring the lucky stars of Aquarius. The mainly moonless skies this week will permit exploring the modest water constellations of the zodiac. The worldwide evening sky this week will deliver a spectacular meet-up of the moon with the brightest planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.