Archive for January, 2010

Moon Shines at Its Biggest, Brightest of 2010 – AOL News

Friday, January 29th, 2010

(Jan. 29) – Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon.

This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. Each month brings another full moon name.

via Moon Shines at Its Biggest, Brightest of 2010 – AOL News.

NASA’s Mars Rover Spirit Starts a New Chapter – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

NASA’s Mars Rover Spirit Starts a New Chapter – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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NASA’s WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Monday, January 25th, 2010

NASA’s WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Found a Couple of Good Magazines With CD’s.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

My recent trip to Barns & Noble I found a couple of good magazines with CD’s.

The first one is the January 2010 Issue of SKY WATCH produced by Sky & Telescope
The CD is chalked full of PDF’s on

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TELESCOPE
• Mastering Your Finderscope
• Sky Maps with Your Telescope
• Mastering Your Equatorial Mount
• No-Tears Collimation

And

GREAT SIGHTS TO SEE
• Binocular Bonanza
• Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful
• Ursa Major: Bear, Dipper, and Much More
• The Serpent Bearer
• The Hyades

And much more.

This is definitely worth having in your library.

The other one was by Sky and Telescope call Beautiful Universe. The CD has about 20 Images from world renowned astrophotographer Robert Gendler that worth being your wall paper for your desk top, and is on display until February 8th, 2010.

NASA, to Out Source Next-Gen Space Shuttles ???

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

NASA, Private Industry Duel Over Next-Gen Space Shuttles – Sphere News.

NASA: Kepler telescope spots five planets outside solar system

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

 

From the PBS News Hour

Einstein and Niels Bohr…A Fairy Tale with Boulders’ Len Barron

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I have seen this performance years ago when I worked at IBM. Len does a very good job in portraying Einstein, and telling his life story. Len even looks a lot like him.
I have not seen this particular performance, but I know Len will not disappoint.
This show is Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (MT) at the Boulder JCC 3800 Kalmia Ave Boulder, CO 80301.

Cost: $8 for lunch and performance, free for students with a valid student ID

For 20 years, Len Barron has been performing his one-person theater piece, “Walking Lightly… A Portrait of Einstein.” His new performance focuses on the relationship between the two brilliant Jewish scientists and radical thinkers who, along with Max Planck, were the founders of the original quantum theory.

For more information and directions follow this link.

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/485896329

Len Barron web site

Art Perspectives – Len Barron as Neils Bohr from Boulder Community Media (BCM) on Vimeo.

Lunar Lava Tube Could Sustain Moon Colony, Scientists Say – Sphere News

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Lunar Lava Tube Could Sustain Moon Colony, Scientists Say – Sphere News.

SUNGRAZING COMET,Space Station FLYBY ALERT, and Quadrantid Metors Shower.

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

From Space Weather.com

Space Weather News for Jan. 2, 2009
http://spaceweather.com

SUNGRAZING COMET: Today, a bright comet is approaching the sun for a perilous close encounter, and it probably will not survive. The comet was discovered by an amateur astronomer monitoring images from NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has a good view of the comet’s approach and images are being posted on http://spaceweather.com.

FLYBY ALERT: The International Space Station is about to begin a series of bright flybys over North America. Your iPhone or iPod Touch can help you see the behemoth spacecraft when it passes overhead in the night sky. Visit http://simpleflybys.com for information about our newest app.

FIRST METEORS OF 2010: The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Jan. 3rd around 1900 UT (2 p.m. EST) when Earth passes through a stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1. The timing of this northern shower favors observers in eastern Europe and Asia. Bright moonlight will interfere with the display, which can reach 100+ meteors per hour under ideal conditions.