Friday, April 18, 2014

Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star

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Big News From NASA:
NASA Science News for April 17, 2014Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/17apr_firstearth/

Sky Guy Enroute to Morocco

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NASA CASSINI IMAGES MAY REVEAL BIRTH OF NEW SATURN MOON

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From NASA:

Text & Images:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-112

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons.

Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013, show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s A ring -- the outermost of the planet’s large, bright rings. One of these disturbances is an arc about 20 percent brighter than its surroundings, 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) long and 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide. Scientists also found unusual protuberances in the usually smooth profile at the ring’s edge. Scientists believe the arc and protuberances are caused by the gravitational effects of a nearby object. Details of the observations were published online today by the journal Icarus [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2014.03.024].

Will post eclipse pic from sea tomorrow!

Sky Guy Headed to Funchal, Portugal

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sky Guy Viewing Alert: Red Planet, Red Moon

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Read my story on Mars and the Total Lunar Eclipse on Mon-Tues of next week:

http://www.wtop.com/41/3601921/The-Space-Place

Sky Guy in the Atlantic Headed for Funchal, Portugal

Friday, April 11, 2014

NASA’S HUBBLE EXTENDS STELLAR TAPE MEASURE 10 TIMES FARTHER INTO SPACE

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A new and powerful technique for measuring the distance to a key “standard candle” called Cepheid variable stars was just announced:

“Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away -- 10 times farther than previously possible.”

“Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble’s accuracy for making angular measurements. The technique, when applied to the age-old method for gauging distances called astronomical parallax, extends Hubble’s tape measure 10 times farther into space.”

This capability will help astronomers further refine the rate at which the Universe is expanding. This in turn will help in the search for Dark Energy, the force that is causing the expansion to accelerate.

Read More About It Here:



Sky Guy Getting Underway From Bermuda

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Evidence for HUGE Ancient Impact

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Take a look at this just released info on a HUGE ancient impact.

http://news.agu.org/press-release/scientists-reconstruct-ancient-impact-that-dwarfs-dinosaur-extinction-blast/

SCIENTISTS RECONSTRUCT ANCIENT IMPACT THAT DWARFS DINOSAUR-EXTINCTION BLAST

Sky Guy in Bermuda

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sky Guy VIEWING ALERT!!!! 4-8-14 Mars at Opposition

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Mars is at opposition tonight, 4-8-14. See details at  http://www.wtop.com/904/3597534/The-Space-Place

Get out and see bright Mars in the SE as it gets dark.  The bright blue star Spica keeps the Red Planet company.


Sky Guy in the Bermuda Triangle