Archive for July, 2010

Mars Hoax Season Is Upon Us Again or its Duck Season, Maybe its Wabbit Season I forgot.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s about this time every year we start seeing the Hoax about Mars being almost the sizeof a quarter at arm’s length. Much like political mudslinging campaigns the truth or lack thereof is stretched so far out its almost believable. The following link by Jane Houston Jones (the same person that does the NASA JPL What Up? Every month) explains the Mars Hoax.

Mars in August 2010.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist How he got hooked on Astronomy

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Caroline Moore: Teen Astronomer found rare supernova

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Wow a 30 inch Dob.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This weekend we had our Monthly Public Star Party at Observatory Park on Saturday.
The weather cooperated with us again for the 2nd month in a row the weather will start out cloudy windy and threating rain. Then the Sun goes down and the clouds go away, and tada it clear. I think this is the reason why we have had such low turnouts the last two month. People see its cloudy and think it’s going to be a bad night. I’m real glad it worked out. Neil from our group brought out his 30 inch dob to share with everyone. You can see it at this link in our gallery under star parties July 17, 2010 Public Star Party Wow M13 looks like you could almost count ever star in it. Then Jupiter oh me oh my gosh……

What is Epsilon Aurigae?

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

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NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.

Microsoft’s online virtual telescope explores the universe using images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., jointly developed the software necessary to make NASA’s planetary data available in WorldWide Telescope.

Click the link below for the full story.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Juno Taking Shape in Denver

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Juno is the next spacecraft to be sent in orbit around Jupiter. It will investigate if Jupiter has a solid rocky core.
The space craft is being built at the Denver Lockheed Martin Space System facility.

Click on the link below for the full story.
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Total Solar Eclipse Wows Skywatchers In South Pacific

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A total solar eclipse arced across the southern Pacific Ocean Sunday, blotting out the sun and offering stunning views to skywatchers, some of whom ventured to remote islands or rode cruise ships just to see the event.

Click the link below for the full story. — Total Solar Eclipse Wows Skywatchers In South Pacific.

Animated July 11th 2010 Eclipse of the Sun

Heavy Metal Rock Set to Take the Stage – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

PASADENA, Calif. – On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, will fly past asteroid Lutetia this Saturday, July 10.
The instruments aboard Rosetta will record the first close-up image of a metal asteroid. They will also make measurements to help scientists derive the mass of the object, understand the properties of the asteroid’s surface crust, record the solar wind in the vicinity and look for evidence of an atmosphere. The spacecraft will pass the asteroid at a minimum distance of 3,160 kilometers (1,950 miles) and at a velocity of 15 kilometers (9 miles) per second.

Click on the link below for the full story
Heavy Metal Rock Set to Take the Stage – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA – Planck Takes It All In

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

07.06.10 — A new image from the Planck mission shows what it’s been up to for the past year — surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins

Click the link below for the full story
NASA – Planck.