Hello everyone, Don’t forget to come out this Thursday for our general meeting and election of the new board! If you would like to become a member of the board,it isn’t too late! Come out and support your club…plus enjoy our guest speaker (its a surprise)…as well as “Whats in the sky this month” See you there!!!
Clear Sky Clock
- Ghostly Light From Dead Galaxies October 30, 2014Astronomers are peering into a galaxy cluster’s past, using Hubble’s Frontier Fields to measure the light from ghost stars cast adrift in galaxy collisions. The post Ghostly Light From Dead Galaxies appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Where, When, and How to See Mercury October 30, 2014Mercury moves fast around the Sun and changes location in the sky quickly. But you can spot it before sunrise in early November. Here's the info you'll need! The post Where, When, and How to See Mercury appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Ghostly Light From Dead Galaxies October 30, 2014
- Possible Bright Supernova Lights Up Spiral Galaxy M61 October 30, 2014I sat straight up in my seat when I learned of the discovery of a possible new supernova in the bright Virgo galaxy M61. Since bright usually means close, this newly exploding star may soon become visible in smaller telescopes. It was discovered at magnitude +13.6 on October 29th by Koichi Itagaki of Japan, a prolific […]Bob King
- NASA Releases Photos of Aftermath of Launchpad Explosion October 30, 2014NASA released images of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Visible is damage to the transporter erector launcher and lightning suppression rods, as well as debris around the pad. But given the spectacular secondary […]Nancy Atkinson
- Mercury Pierces the Zodiacal Light at Dawn this Weekend October 30, 2014Psst! Ever spy the planet Mercury? The most bashful of all the naked eye planets makes its best dawn appearance of 2014 this weekend for northern hemisphere observers. And not only will Mercury be worth getting up for, but you’ll also stand a chance at nabbing that most elusive of astronomical phenomena — the zodiacal […]David Dickinson
- Antares Commercial Rocket Destroyed in Devastating Fireball – Video October 30, 2014NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – Barely a day ago I witnessed the sudden and utter destruction of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket being consumed in a totally unexpected devastating fireball moments after blastoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 28.(...)Read the rest […]Ken Kremer
- This Dark Nebula Looks Like it is Writhing in Agony October 29, 2014We’ve got at least one scary night ahead with Halloween falling on Friday. Adam Block, manager at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter at the University of Arizona sent us this image of the nebula LBN 438, explaining that this dark cloud of dust glows eerily both from scattered starlight and extended red emission due to the […]Nancy Atkinson
- Possible Bright Supernova Lights Up Spiral Galaxy M61 October 30, 2014
- Running robots of future may learn from world's best two-legged runners: Birds October 30, 2014With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers have made surprising new findings about some of nature's most energy efficient bipeds -- running birds. Their skills may have evolved from the time of the dinosaurs and they may now be superior to any other bipedal runners -- including humans.
- Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact October 29, 2014Scientists have created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA. These carbon nanotube "porins" have significant implications for future health care and bioengineering applications.
- Scientists generate first human stomach tissue in lab with stem cells October 29, 2014Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory -- creating an unprecedented tool for researching the development and diseases of an organ central to several public health crises, ranging from cancer to diabetes. Scientists used human pluripotent stem cells -- which can become any cell type in the […]
- Dozens of genes associated with autism in new research October 29, 2014Two major genetic studies of autism, involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms that govern whether, when, and how genes are activated overall.
- Planet-forming lifeline discovered in a binary star system October 29, 2014Scientists have detected a streamer of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the inner reaches of a binary star system. This never-before-seen feature may be responsible for sustaining a second, smaller disk of planet-forming material that otherwise would have disappeared long ago.
- Running robots of future may learn from world's best two-legged runners: Birds October 30, 2014