Tag Archives: astronomy

World Watches Longest Lunar Eclipse This Century

The Associated Press reports: Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century and visible in much of the world. The so-called “blood moon,” when it turns a deep red, was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth’s ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Super Blood Moon Total Eclipse

The Associated Press reports: The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show Wednesday. It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have good viewing, too, along with ...

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NASA’s Cassini Dives Into Saturn After 20-Year Mission

The Associated Press reports: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Confirmation of Cassini’s expected demise came about 7:55 a.m. EDT. That’s when radio signals from the spacecraft — its last scientific gifts to Earth — came to an abrupt halt. ...

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Large Asteroid To Make Near-Earth Pass On Friday

Space Flight Insider reports: A large rock will fly past Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers). Asteroid 3122 Florence, named after modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is the largest object to make a close-encounter since NASA began tracking near-Earth objects (NEO) in the 1990s. “While many known asteroids have passed by ...

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LIVE VIDEO: The Great American Solar Eclipse

The Verge reports: Eclipse day is finally here. Science experiments will happen, animals will freak out, and you won’t get a good picture without the right filter. But before all that, how do we actually watch this thing on the internet? First things first: find out what time the eclipse is for you. Input your zip code and it’ll tell ...

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Solar Eclipse Of The Heart [VIDEO]

Space.com reports: A whimsical parody of the Bonnie Tyler song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” highlights the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous United States. Created by the Warby Parker eyeglass company, a music video for the fake song includes dancers dressed as the sun and the moon, dramatically prancing around an empty school ...

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NASA Announces Discovery Of Exoplanet System With Three Earth-Sized Planets That Might Sustain Life

NBC reports: Astronomers from NASA and the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday that four new Earth-sized exoplanets have been discovered orbiting a star about 40 light-years away, and that three may contain liquid water and be able to sustain life. This star’s small grouping of planets now boasts the most Earth-sized worlds of any system astronomers have discovered, and the ...

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NASA: Earth Is Due For An Extinction-Level Event

The Guardian reports: Humans are woefully unprepared for a surprise asteroid or comet, a Nasa scientist warned on Monday, at a presentation with nuclear scientists into how humans might deflect cosmic dangers hurtling toward Earth. “The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment,” said Dr Joseph Nuth, a ...

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Meet Earth-Like Planet Proxima B [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: The search for life outside our solar system has been brought to our cosmic doorstep with the discovery of an apparently rocky planet orbiting the nearest star to our sun. Thought to be at least 1.3 times the mass of the Earth, the planet lies within the so-called “habitable zone” of the star Proxima Centauri, meaning that ...

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This Weekend: Manhattanhenge Returns To Gotham

The term was coined by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson. Via CNN: Get your cameras and phones ready! The most picturesque sunset is coming to New York City this weekend. Two times a year, people in Manhattan gather in several spots to get a perfect shot of the sun aligning with the city’s carefully laid out streets. The phenomenon known as ...

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NASA Releases Stunning Photo Of Pluto

From NASA: This ethereal scene captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto’s diversity of geological and compositional features—this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area. Long canyons run vertically across the polar area—part of the informally named Lowell Regio, named for Percival Lowell, who founded Lowell Observatory and initiated the search ...

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Enter Planet Poltergeist

The International Astronomical Union has announced the names of a slew of exoplanets and stars as chosen by worldwide public ballot. Enter exoplanet Poltergeist, as nominated by an Italian group. Also new to the nomenclature galaxy is the star Cervantes (Spain) and the exoplanet Galileo (Netherlands).  The IAU writes: The votes are in — the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 ...

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Planet Nine From Outer Space [VIDEO]

Scientists at Caltech believe they have confirmed the existence of a massive and icy ninth planet in our solar system. The planet was first speculated upon in 2014 paper which the Caltech team had set out to disprove. Via the Washington Post: They have inferred its existence from the motion of recently discovered dwarf planets and other small objects in ...

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China Joins Search For Alien Civilizations

China is constructing what will be the world’s largest radio telescope. The Independent reports: Assembly of the five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, began in July and is expected to be completed in 2016. Once finished, the reflector dish of the telescope will be 500 metres in diameter, replacing Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, only 300 meters in diameter, as the ...

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Limbaugh: NASA Faked Finding Water On Mars To Further The Leftist Climate Change Agenda

“They’re lying about it. They’re just making up the amount of ice in the North and South Poles, they’re making up the temperatures, they’re lying and making up false charts and so forth. So what’s to stop them from making up something that happened on Mars that will help advance their left-wing agenda on this planet? OK so there’s flowing ...

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NASA: There’s Flowing Water On Mars [VIDEO]

NASA set the web aflame this weekend with a promise that they would have a “major announcement” about Mars today. Sadly, the big reveal is not about little green men – but it IS fascinating. Via the Guardian: Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises ...

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Time Lapse: Supermoon Eclipse [VIDEO]

Over at Blood Moon Apocalypse World Headquarters (aka World Net Daily), they’re probably disappointed to wake up and find the planet still revolving. Here in Manhattan, we didn’t get such a great view due to the clouds. How were your skies last night? UPDATE: LGBT activist Inga Sarda-Sorensen got some great shots from Brooklyn.

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Mormon Church Reassures Flock: Tonight’s Supermoon Eclipse Probably Doesn’t Herald The Apocalypse

After wild claims by some Mormon nutters, the LDS Church has been forced to issue a reassuring statement about tonight’s “supermoon” eclipse. The Guardian reports: A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the ...

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NASA: One Of Saturn’s Moons Has An Ocean

NASA’s Cassini–Huygens probe launched back in October 1997 and 18 years later it continues to provide fascinating discoveries. Via Science Daily: A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA’s Cassini mission. Researchers found the magnitude of the moon’s very slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can ...

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NASA Releases Stunning Photos Of Pluto

NBC reports: A new set of images has been received from the New Horizons spacecraft, showing close-up images of Pluto taken on July 15 (and only just recently processed) while it was passing by the dwarf planet at high speed — but not so fast it couldn’t see terrain so varied it’s astonishing astronomers. “If an artist had painted this ...

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