Astronomy

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Category archives for Astronomy

Google Moon

After Google Mars, perhaps this was inevitable: Google Moon celebrates the anniversary of the first manned moon landing by presenting a swath of the lunar surface, mapped in the familiar Google style, with red flags marking the locations of six Apollo landing sites. The project, explains Google Moon’s about page, is part of Google’s Copernicus…

A Short Introduction to Outer Space

The volume is slim, just seventeen pages long–an elegant, tall rectangle of cream-colored paper. Looking at the scanned pages, it seems almost possible to reach out and touch the yellowed crease of the cover, the rusted staples. “INTRODUCTION TO OUTER SPACE,” the booklet reads. “THE WHITE HOUSE; March 26, 1958.” What follows is a primer…

Galaxy Zoo

Mapping the universe wouldn’t be possible without technological marvels like the Hubble Telescope. But a new census of one million galaxies also requires the talents of the human eye. Last week, astronomers from the University of Oxford, the University of Portsmouth and Johns Hopkins University launched the Galaxy Zoo project, a website that showcases stunning…

Our Darlin’ Clementine

This week, in the Mexican oil city of Tampico, an orb-like, robotic submarine begins its 1,000-foot plunge to the bottom of an underwater cavern, the largest sinkhole in the world. As part of the NASA-sponsored DEPTHX project, the autonomous robot, endearingly called “Clementine,” will probe exotic rocks and microbes that may be the key to…

Another Giant Leap

Nope, it’s not the movie trailer for Armageddon II. The clip below is a new animation from NASA meant to get us excited about its Constellation Program and our upcoming trip–erm, 13 years from now–back to the Moon.

Photos from the Beyond

New York’s American Museum of Natural History presents Beyond, a new IMAX show of 30 tweaked–and stunning!–space photos. Michael Benson, the brains behind the exhibit, spent years browsing the digital archives from NASA and the European Space Agency, selecting photos from Mars, Venus, and Jupiter’s moons, Europa and Io. He enhanced the photos to highlight…

Andromeda’s halo, and other galactic marvels, brought to you by Dynamics of Cats.

CNN has the story of a mysterious falling object that punctured the roof of a home in New Jersey on Tuesday evening, damaging bathroom floor tiles on impact before bouncing and lodging itself in a wall. The object is metal; lab tests will determine whether or not it is a meteorite. Steinn covers the story…

Fly Me to the Moon…Again

The Detroit Free Press has an article today detailing the claim by members of Congress that the US is entering a new space race–with China. When the plans for the new moon missions were unveiled, many journalists and space enthusiasts were disappointed. The plans looked nearly identical to the Apollo missions of thirty years before.…