Once a week, all the top astronomy/space writers from around the net get together — thanks to Fraser Cain at Universe Today — and contribute their top stories to the Carnival of Space. This week, Mike Simonsen of Simostronomy hosts, and brings together some great stories in this week’s Carnival of Space. Go and check it out; here are my top three picks:
1. Robots galore! Ever wonder what your favorite missions to other planets are up to? From as close to the Moon to the outer edge of the Solar System, the Planetary Society has mission updates from Mercury to Saturn to Pluto.
2. An eclipse on a Moon by a Moon! Jupiter has four large moons, three of which are quite close to Jupiter. Well, what did astronomers nab? (And amateurs, at that?) Jupiter’s moon Io, illuminated by the Sun, blocked the sunlight on another of its moons, Ganymede. The result? A total solar eclipse for Ganymede, and an annular lunar eclipse for Io, something we never have on Earth! Bad Astronomy has the full story.
3. Alien life?! While we have a plethora of experience with life on Earth, things could be vastly different on another world. Would they be like us at all? Would they even be carbon-based? Weirdwarp takes a look at some of the different possibilities for alien life on an Earth-like world around other stars.
Go check out the rest of the Carnival, and enjoy a great start to your week!