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My friend Adam Block is an astronomer and astrophotographer at the University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter northeast of Tucson. The skies there are dark, and he commands the Schulman 0.81-meter telescope to probe the skies so he can capture it in monumentally gorgeous images. I'm always happy when I get [...]
Wed, Jun 05, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy
NASA's NICER instrument aboard the International Space Station is giving us a unique view of much of the X-ray sky. The post NICER Maps the X-ray Sky appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Tue, Jun 04, 2019
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Normally, if you had a huge asteroid impact in the middle of a town it would be an unspeakable tragedy. But what if you have a town in the middle of a huge asteroid impact? … and, to be clear, the asteroid impact was 15 million years ago? Why, then you'd have Nördlingen, [...]
Tue, Jun 04, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy
Delays to the James Webb Space Telescope will result in at least a yearlong hiatus in space-based infrared observations -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Jun 04, 2019
Source: Scientific American Space
SpaceX's Starlink satellites have come under heavy criticism for their potential to clutter the sky. Here's what a space debris expert has to say about it. The post Does Starlink Pose a Space Debris Threat? An Expert Answers appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Mon, Jun 03, 2019
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Three companies are receiving millions of dollars apiece to ferry payloads to the moon's surface in 2020 and 2021 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Jun 03, 2019
Source: Scientific American Space
I am a big supporter of amateur astronomy for a lot of reasons. First, it gets people outside and looking up, which is just a good thing to do. It also fosters an appreciation for the sky and the beauty in it. I consider myself an amateur astronomer, too, taking [...]
Mon, Jun 03, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy
Our galaxy is far bigger, brighter and more massive than most others -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, May 31, 2019
Source: Scientific American Space
Mars is considered to be a terrestrial planet, which is to say similar to Earth (as opposed to the giant planets, which are about as different as planets can get from our home). Despite that, Mars is wildly different from Earth as well. It's a little over half the diameter of [...]
Fri, May 31, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy
A new study finds observational evidence that one of the first stars exploded in an asymmetrical blast that spread heavy elements into the cosmos -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, May 31, 2019
Source: Scientific American Space
Serendipity has a role in astronomy. An astronomer, Gordon Garmire, noticed that the face-on spiral galaxy NGC 1232 had never been observed in X-rays before. At a distance of just 60 million light years (I know, "just," but that's not too far away as galaxies go) the Chandra X-ray Observatory should [...]
Wed, May 29, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy
Our brains are kluged. They're a mishmash of evolutionary workarounds, upgrades, patches, and jerry-rigged connections between our senses and the kilogram or so of gray gloppy meat we keep inside our skulls. Because of that they can be easy to fool. Our brains are adapted and trained to work a certain way, [...]
Tue, May 28, 2019
Source: Bad Astronomy

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