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08/30/2015 12:22 PM
NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario
What would happen to the astronaut crews aboard NASA’s Orion deep space capsule in the event of parachute failures in the final moments before splashdown upon returning from weeks to years long forays to the Moon, Asteroids or Mars? NASA teams are evaluating Orion’s fate under multiple scenarios in case certain of(...)Read the rest of […]

08/30/2015 09:15 AM
Eclipse By Fire! Smoky Haze Pervades Night Sky, Darkens Moon
Did you see the Moon last night? I walked outside at 10:30 p.m. and was stunned to see a dark, burnt-orange Full Moon as if September’s eclipse had arrived a month early. Why? Heavy smoke from forest fires in Washington, California and Montana has now spread to cover nearly half the country in a smoky pall, soaking […]

08/29/2015 11:02 AM
Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun
One more thing amateur astronomers might need to worry about besides clouds, bugs, and trying to fix equipment malfunctions in the dark – and this one’s a little more serious. (...)Read the rest of Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun (496 words) © nancy for Universe Today, 2015. | […]

08/28/2015 05:34 PM
NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and serve up an awesome video
NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be less than 30 miles (45 kilometers) wide. (...)Read the rest of NASA and New Horizons team […]

08/28/2015 08:35 AM
August Full Moon Anticipates September’s Total Lunar Eclipse
Who doesn’t love a Full Moon? Occurring about once a month, they never wear out their welcome. Each one becomes a special event to anticipate. In the summer months, when the Moon rises through the sultry haze, atmosphere and aerosols scatter away so much blue light and green light from its disk, the Moon glows an enticing orange or […]

08/27/2015 05:35 AM
Orbital ATK on the Rebound With Antares Return to Flight in 2016
Orbital ATK is on the rebound with return to flight of their Antares rocket slated in early 2016 following the catastrophic launch failure that doomed the last Antares in October 2014 on a resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS). Engineers are making “excellent progress” assembling a modified version of Antares that […]

08/26/2015 03:24 PM
Ceres’ “Pyramid” Gets a Closer Look, But Bright Spots Remain a Mystery
The Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting just 1,470 kilometers (915 miles) above Ceres’ surface, and the science team released these latest images. Above is a closest view yet of the so-called ‘pyramid’ on Ceres, although the closer Dawn gets, the less this feature looks like a pyramid. It’s actually more like a conical mountain with […]

08/26/2015 10:27 AM
Ice Giants at Opposition
It seems as if the planets are fleeing the evening sky, just as the Fall school star party season is getting underway. Venus and Mars have entered the morning sky, and Jupiter reaches solar conjunction this week. Even glorious Saturn has passed eastern quadrature, and will soon depart evening skies.(...)Read the rest of Ice Giants […]

08/24/2015 09:10 AM
Carnival of Space #420
The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #420. (...)Read the rest of Carnival of Space #420 (89 words) © susie for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed […]

08/24/2015 08:48 AM
Astro-Challenge: Splitting 44 Boötis
How good are your optics? Nothing can challenge the resolution of a large light bucket telescope, like attempting to split close double stars. This week, we’d like to highlight a curious triple star system that presents a supreme challenge over the next few years and will ‘keep on giving’ for decades to come.(...)Read the rest […]


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