The moon crosses Earth’s face in a spectacular new video captured by a spacecraft watching from a million miles away.
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) studies the solar wind and snaps vivid shots of Earth’s surface from its position about 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from the planet. Recently, the moon entered DSCOVR’s field of view, and the spacecraft caught the amazing lunar transit on time-lapse video.
“It’s surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon,” Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. “Our planet is a truly brilliant object in dark space compared to the lunar surface.” [DSCOVR: The Deep Space Climate Observatory Mission in Photos]
On Jan. 21, astronomers spotted the closest supernova in recent decades flash to life in the galaxy M82, some 11.5 million light-years from Earth. The supernova, designated SN 2014J, suddenly became a superstar as it became so bright that amateur astronomers with modest telescopes could easily pick out the stellar explosion in the night sky. Hubble has captured with amazing detail. Check out Hubble’s Latest Mind Blowing Cosmic Pictures at SPACE.com
Ryan Schmollinger sent me this awesome web site –
It’s like Google Earth but for the solar system. I found it after watching this video on Ted showing off the features: Click Here to see Presentation!
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What is SETI@home?SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
The one-ton Mini Cooper-sized rover, which is the largest
machine NASA can currently put down on the Martian surface, will now
look forward to an eight-month cruise to the Red Planet, arriving in August
2012. The probe will survey the Martian landscape with HD cameras, search for
signs of habitability and life past or present, and drill inside rocks to
examine the planet’s composition. After a shaky history on Earth, MSL will have to worry about one
last event when it gets to Mars: its nail-biting landing procedure, the sky
crane. The rover is tucked inside a saucer-like platform that will need to fire
rockets 25 feet above the ground and hover as MSL is carefully lowered down on
wires. Such a procedure has never been tried before, though landing system has
undergone extensive testing prior to launch.
Still, the track record with probes to Mars has not been
great. Nearly two-thirds of missions have had failures or
partial failures. Spacecraft have lost solar power en route, crashed into the surface, or simply gone
dead seconds after landing.
NASA’s history of rovers is more upbeat. The agency has
already successfully roved three robots on Mars: tiny Sojourner and the twins Spirit and Opportunity. The later pair even managed to beat
the odds. Originally expected to last for three months, Spirit went on for six
years before getting permanently stuck in the soft Martian soil and losing contact this past May, while
Opportunity is still going strong.
Curiosity – Mars Science Laboratory
- Project costed at $2.5bn; will see initial surface operations lasting two
- Onboard plutonium generators will deliver heat and electricity for at least
- 75kg science payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier US
- Equipped with tools to brush and drill into rocks, to scoop up, sort and sieve samples
- Variety of analytical techniques to discern chemistry in rocks, soil and
- Will try to make first definitive identification of organic (carbon rich)
- Even carries a laser to zap rocks; beam will identify atomic elements in
watch this comet crash into the sun on lower right and the outburst on left
SpaceWeather.com says most solar physicists would likely say that a “puny comet” couldn’t set off a “coronal mass ejection” of solar particles.
But check out this video from over the weekend, when a comet struck the sun. The images were animated by Helioviewer.org, “an open-source project for the visualization of solar and heliospheric data” that is funded by the European Space Agency and NASA.
|Fountain Valley’s Renewable Hydrogen StationOn August 16th, the Orange County Sanitation District
opened California’s newest hydrogen fueling station—the first in the world to
source hydrogen from wastewater. Click to read more
Astronomy Calendar – select year 2011
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