Well here it is… almost the end of the summer ( as the EX goes)…. and in just over a week we will once again be starting our regular meetings… and we have some pretty great events and speakers lined up already!
Our first meeting is on Thursday September 4th at 8:00 pm at the Legion in Waterdown. Our first meeting has traditionally been a “catchup” on what members did over the summer. If there is something you would like to present, a tale of something astronomical that happened over the summer…any photographs you have taken, or anything you might think other members would be interested in hearing…drop me an email at the one below or… email@example.com and let me know what you would like to present and for how long.. Let’s get our first meeting off to a bang! (a Big Bang!)
Astronomers have obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. To make this observation, the team also enlisted the help of a gravitational lens, a galaxy-size magnifying glass, to reveal otherwise invisible detail. Via: Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe
A unique experiment called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe — including whether we live in a hologram. Via: Do we live in a 2-D hologram? Experiment will test the nature of the universe
Engineers have successfully piloted the world’s first ZigBee-based inter-satellite communication system. Designed to evaluate the performance of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in space, the experiment marks a breakthrough in aeronautical engineering. Via: World’s first ZigBee-based inter-satellite comms system
NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager’s historic footage of Triton has been “restored” and used to construct the best-ever global color map of that strange moon. The map, produced by Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, has also been used to make a movie recreating that historic Voyager encounter, which took place 25 years ago, on August 25, 1989. Via: Voyager map details Neptune’s strange moon Triton
Astronomers are delving into the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to the Earth in decades, was discovered earlier this year by chance. These phenomena are extremely important to study because they provide key information about our universe, including how it is expanding and how galaxies evolve. Via: Spectacular supernova’s mysteries revealed
The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but new modeling suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon’s coldest craters through the process of sparking — a finding that could change our understanding of the evolution of planetary surfaces in the solar system. Via: Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil
The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now-dead stars of the same type as our sun, according to new research by astronomers. Via: Your toothpaste’s fluorine formed in the stars
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The second annual AstroCATS show is well underway. Come out and join in on the fun!
Hello All, One of our own members will be taking the stage this Thursday talking about a subject he loves – The Night Sky for beginners – come hear someone who’s passion for the night sky is only surpassed by his knowledge of the night sky! Also Mr. Dave Dev will be presenting a brand new item for keeping dew off your optics….and you won’t believe the price!!!!,,or how well it works! There will be an update on AstroCATS and a real HUGE announcement that you just will not believe! ( ok…. no 20 questions or it won’t be a … Continue reading