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02/26/2015 09:00 AM
Ceres Bizarre Bright Spot Now Has a Companion
Aliens making dinner with a solar cooker? Laser beams aimed at hapless earthlings? Whatever can that – now those – bright spots on Ceres be? The most recent images taken by the Dawn spacecraft now reveal that the bright pimple has a companion spot. Both are tucked inside a substantial crater and seem to glow […]

02/25/2015 02:07 PM
Carnival of Space #394
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #394 (...)Read the rest of Carnival of Space #394 (89 words) © susie for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed enhanced by Better Feed […]

02/24/2015 03:20 PM
Peer Into the Distant Universe: How to See Quasars With Backyard Telescopes
“How far can you see with that thing?” It’s a common question overhead at many public star parties in reference to telescopes. In the coming weeks as the Moon passes Full and moves out of the evening sky, we’d like to challenge you to hunt down a bright example of one of the most distant […]

02/24/2015 03:10 PM
A New Sungrazing Comet May Brighten in the Evening Sky, Here’s How to See It
A newly-discovered comet may soon become bright enough to see from a sky near you. Originally dubbed SOHO-2875, it was spotted in photos taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) earlier this week. Astronomer Karl Battams, who maintains the Sungrazer Project website, originally thought this little comet would dissipate after its close brush with the Sun. To his […]

02/24/2015 11:11 AM
Incredible “Birdman”-like Tracking-Shot Timelapse of Earth from Space
The Academy Award winning film “Birdman” used what’s called tracking shot to create the sense of a seamless one-shot film. A new timelapse created from imagery captured by astronauts on the International Space Station uses the same technique — which has not been used in previous ISS timelapses — with stunning results. Additionally, the footage […]

02/24/2015 11:06 AM
Winds of Supermassive Black Holes Can Shape Galaxy-Wide Star Formation
The combined observations from two generations of X-Ray space telescopes have now revealed a more complete picture of the nature of high-speed winds expelled from super-massive black holes. Scientist analyzing the observations discovered that the winds linked to these black holes can travel in all directions and not just a narrow beam as previously thought. The black holes […]

02/20/2015 06:25 PM
Carnival of Space #393
Welcome, come in to the 393rd Carnival of Space!  The carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. I’m Susie Murph, part of the team at Universe Today and now, on to this week’s stories! (...)Read the rest of Carnival of […]

02/20/2015 12:56 PM
Weekly Space Hangout – February 20, 2015 – Charles Black from SEN
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / Special Guest: Charles Black (@charlesblack / (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – February 20, 2015 – Charles Black from SEN (283 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | 2 comments | Post tags: AAAS, Apollo, Curiosity, […]

02/20/2015 11:19 AM
Fake Winter Solstice Image is Fake. But Cool.
Editor Note: We originally wrote this article back in 2008, but I’ve decided to pull it back out and share it again because this PHOTO WILL NOT DIE! It’s a beautiful image by Inga Nielsen, but it’s not real. – Fraser Has this image been showing up in your email inbox, forwarded on from excited […]

02/20/2015 10:03 AM
How to Photograph Tonight’s Spectacular Triple-Play Conjunction
Tonight the thin, 2-day-old crescent Moon will join Venus and Mars in the western sky at dusk for one of the most striking conjunctions of the year. The otherworldly trio will fit neatly with a circle about 1.5° wide or just three times the diameter of the full moon. No question, this will catch a lot of […]

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