A reminder of our meeting this Thursday November 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm at the Legion in Waterdown…. Chris Talpas will be offering a talk on “A history of the telescope from Galileo to the present day.” Chris says, “As the title suggests, I would like to trace the development of the telescope from its earliest days to the present and near future looking at what were the technical limitations of early designs and how new designs and technologies improved the performance. I will also highlight some important discoveries made by particular instruments. I will also touch upon mount development as … Continue reading
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- Contact Lost with Sun-watching Stereo B November 21, 2014Despite rescue efforts, no one has heard from one of two NASA spacecraft on the far side of the Sun since October 1st.The post Contact Lost with Sun-watching Stereo B appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 21–29 November 21, 2014Mars remains visible in the southwest during and after twilight, with the crescent Moon passing it this week.The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 21–29 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Contact Lost with Sun-watching Stereo B November 21, 2014
- Orion Passes Key NASA Flight Review – “GO” for Maiden Test Flight on Dec. 4 November 22, 2014After a decade of hard work, numerous twists and turns, and ups and downs, NASA’s new Orion deep space crew vehicle is finally, and officially, marching towards its maiden blastoff in less than two week’s time. The Orion spacecraft cleared one of the final hurdles to its first launch when(...)Read the rest of Orion Passes […]Ken Kremer
- NASA’s “Remastered” View of Europa is the Best Yet November 21, 2014Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for extra-terrestrial life. And now, […]Matt Williams
- Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 21, 2014: New Images of Europa November 21, 2014Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / www.astroguyz.com) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 21, 2014: New Images of Europa (219 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: asteroid, dawn, ddwarf […]Fraser Cain
- Communicating Across the Cosmos, Part 2: Petabytes from the Stars? November 21, 2014Since it was founded in 1984, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, has been a principal American venue for scientific efforts to discover evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations. In mid-November, the institute sponsored a conference, “Communicating across the Cosmos”, on the problems of devising and understanding messages from other worlds. The […]Paul Patton
- Wow! Epic 4K Timelapse of Aurora Over Iceland and Greenland November 21, 2014Holy Northern Lights, Batman! This new timelapse is just beautiful! Photographer Joe Capra traveled to Greenland and Iceland to shoot 10 nights of the arctic Aurora. Not only was the aurora absolutely stunning, but the landscape is equally beautiful. Joe said that all the footage was shot in super high resolution 4K Ultra HD, and […]Nancy Atkinson
- Orion Passes Key NASA Flight Review – “GO” for Maiden Test Flight on Dec. 4 November 22, 2014
- How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats November 22, 2014Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds. Now, the most detailed, three-dimensional aerodynamic simulation of hummingbird flight conducted to date has definitively demonstrated that the hummingbird achieves its nimble […]
- Deep-Earth carbon offers clues on origin of life: New organic carbon species linked to formation of diamonds -- and life itself November 20, 2014Scientists reveal details about carbon deep beneath Earth’s surface and suggest ways it might have influenced the history of life on the planet.
- How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet November 20, 2014Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b.
- Geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet November 20, 2014Scientists have discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas. The geologists say that the ancient canyon -- thousands of feet deep in places -- effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of […]
- Why some people may be immune to HIV-1: Clues November 20, 2014Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the cells it infects has uncovered a chink in HIV-1's armor that may, at least in part, explain the puzzling difference -- […]
- How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats November 22, 2014