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  • Hawaii gives notice to proceed for $1.4B Thirty Meter Telescope

    06/21/2019 7:41:17 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 26 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | June 20, 2019 | Janis L. Magin - Real Estate Editor
    The state of Hawaii on Thursday issued a notice to proceed for construction to start on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope project on the Big Island after four “unauthorized structures” were removed from the areas near the telescope’s site on the summit of Mauna Kea. Construction on the long-delayed project could start as early as next month, which would be exactly 10 years after the telescope's international board selected the Hawaii site. The state’s agencies involved will work with TMT officials to determine the start date. The notice gives gives the contractors and workers involved in the construction authorization...
  • NASA fixes Hubble gyroscope by turning it off and on again

    10/24/2018 10:01:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    engadget ^ | 10/24/18 | Mariella Moon
    NASA Hubble's designers prepared for gyroscope failure by equipping the observatory with a backup. Unfortunately, when one of Hubble's gyroscopes conked out in early October, the backup didn't work as expected -- it was rotating too fast and hence won't be able to hold the telescope in place when it needs to stay still and lock in on a target. NASA has since been able to reduce its rotation rates and fix its issues by implementing an age-old fix for malfunctioning electronics: turning it off and on again. Back to science! @NASAHubble is well on its way to normal...
  • New Mexico observatory closure stemmed from FBI child porn probe -documents

    09/20/2018 9:43:43 AM PDT · by Signalman · 18 replies ^ | 9/19/2018 | Steve Gorman
    The mysterious 11-day closure of a New Mexico solar observatory stemmed from an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using the facility's wireless internet service to send and receive child pornography, federal court documents showed on Wednesday. The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, was evacuated without public explanation on Sept. 6, leading to a swirl of social media speculation and rumors driven by its proximity to two U.S. military installations and the town of Roswell. Approximately two hours away from the observatory by car, Roswell was the site of a famous 1947 sighting of unidentified flying objects...
  • AURA Statement about the Status of the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico

    09/17/2018 6:46:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | September 16, 2018 | Shari Lifson
    Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th On September 6th, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) made the decision to temporarily vacate the Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico as a precautionary measure while addressing a security issue. The facility closed down in an orderly fashion and is now re-opening. The residents that vacated their homes will be returning to the site, and all employees will return to work this week. AURA has been cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal...
  • WEIRD: FBI closes National Solar Observatory over mysterious ‘security issue’

    09/12/2018 9:54:20 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 108 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 12, 2018 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE 9/12/18 4PM PST The issue may be related to Mercury (the metal, not the planet). On a tip from a science journalist friend who covers telescopes and who has been there, I verified the observatory uses a vat of liquid mercury as a float bearing for the giant solar telescope. According to an internal NSO/NMSU document, that bearing is “high-risk” during maintenance. If there was a major mercury spill, it might explain why the Feds are there, with FBI providing security. The amount of Mercury is said to be in the “tens of gallons” range, which is next to...
  • Hurricane Maria Damages Parts of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory

    09/23/2017 12:51:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies ^ | 9/22/17 | Hanneke Weitering
    Puerto Rico's iconic Arecibo Observatory has sustained some significant damage from Hurricane Maria, officials reported today (Sept. 22). The storm hit the island as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday (Sept. 20) and left widespread destruction in its wake. Without power, phones or internet service, the Arecibo Observatory has been offline since the storm hit. The Arecibo Observatory houses the world's second-largest radio telescope. While the overall structure of the telescope is still standing, it sustained some pretty serious damage from Hurricane Maria, according to an update from the Universities Space Research Organization (USRA), which helps to operate the Arecibo Observatory. One telescope operator at Arecibo managed...
  • Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico’s famous telescope, is battered by Hurricane Maria

    09/21/2017 1:41:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/17 | Sarah Kaplan
    The National Science Foundation has not heard from staff at the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria roared over the island. A spokeswoman for NSF, which owns the observatory, said the agency hadn't received any official communications from Arecibo since 8 a.m. Wednesday — before the eye of the storm passed over the telescope. Two of the groups that helps manage the observatory, SRI International and the Universities Space Research Association, also hadn't heard from their staff on site. One observatory staff member who weathered the storm in the town of Arecibo contacted the association via shortwave...
  • Antarctic IceCube observatory to hunt dark matter (NSF study 'In Search of Neutrinos')

    12/23/2010 12:42:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/10 | AFP
    WELLINGTON (AFP) – An extraordinary underground observatory for subatomic particles has been completed in a huge cube of ice one kilometre on each side deep under the South Pole, researchers said. Building the IceCube, the world's largest neutrino observatory, has taken a gruelling decade of work in the Antarctic tundra and will help scientists study space particles in the search for dark matter, invisible material that makes up most of the Universe's mass. The observatory, located 1,400 metres underground near the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, cost more than 270 million dollars, according to the US National Science Foundation (NSF)....
  • New Solar Observatory to Unlock Sun's Mysteries (SDO - Solar Dynamics Observatory)

    02/09/2010 9:23:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 243+ views ^ | 2/9/10 | Jeremy Hsu
    A powerful new solar observatory will spend the next five years recording images of the sun with 10 times better resolution than HD television, peering deep within the sun's layers to reveal just how solar storms erupt. The observations could help scientists build the first effective models for space weather forecasting. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is slated for launch on Feb. 10 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. It carries three instruments that will pierce the mysteries enshrouding the sun's magnetic fields and ultraviolet radiation, which together help shape the Earth's atmosphere every day. "The unique...
  • Vatican Observatory examines theological implications of finding alien life

    11/10/2009 3:15:25 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,096+ views
    cna ^ | November 10, 2009
    Fr. Jose Funes S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory Vatican City, Nov 10, 2009 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The Vatican Observatory and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences have just concluded a week-long gathering of scientists to examine the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. “These questions offer many philosophical and theological implications,” said Fr. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory.After bringing their Nov. 6-10 talks to a close, four of the scientists held a press conference at the Holy See's press office on Tuesday.Participating in the press conference were Fr. Jose Funes S.J., director of...
  • Beauty from the Bottom of the Universe (astrophysicist speaks on faith and science)

    10/08/2009 10:23:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 893+ views
    Headline Bistro ^ | October 8, 2009 | Elizabeth Hansen
    Ancient radiation, the birth of the universe and the future of the galaxies around us: for Marco Bersanelli, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan, such mysteries are all in a day’s work.For the past 17 years Bersanelli has been a member of the science team of Europe’s recently launched Planck observatory, a telescope currently orbiting the sun 1.5 million kilometers from Earth in a mission to map traces of radiation left over from the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. Essentially, Planck is grabbing images of the universe’s earliest light and, hopefully, clues as to how the...
  • Southern California fire threatens historic Mount Wilson Observatory

    09/01/2009 12:54:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 1,919+ views
    The Scientific American ^ | Sept. 1, 2009 | John Matson
    The so-called Station Fire, which now covers more than 120,000 Southern California acres and is burning largely uncontained, continues to threaten the century-old Mount Wilson Observatory, home to astronomer Edwin Hubble at the time he made his landmark observations of the universe's expansion. The observatory is currently unmanned due to the fire threat and the attending smoke, but a webcam atop Mount Wilson's 150-foot solar tower has provided observatory managers and concerned observers with a view from the scene. At 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) the camera showed a great deal of smoke but no flames. ...According to the Los...
  • Station fire likely to hit historic Mt. Wilson observatory, fire officials say

    08/30/2009 10:42:25 PM PDT · by BAW · 104 replies · 3,473+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | Joe Mozingo
    The fire burning in Angeles National Forest is approaching the historic solar observatory and television transmission towers atop Mt. Wilson, according to Los Angeles County fire officials. The communications towers house transmitters for every major television station in Los Angeles. “We expect it to get there in the next two to four hours,” said county fire Capt. Mark Savage. Crews were clearing brush around the structures, but fire officials were not sure if they could leave personnel on the mountain to fight the flames because of the danger and limited escape routes. The fire is less than two miles away.
  • Failure hits Nasa's 'CO2 hunter' (Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) crashes near Antarctica)

    02/24/2009 8:53:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,343+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/24 | BBC
    Nasa's first dedicated mission to measure carbon dioxide from space has failed following a rocket malfunction. Officials said the fairing - the part of the rocket which covers the satellite on top of the launcher - did not separate properly. Data indicates the spacecraft crashed into the ocean near Antarctica. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) was intended to help pinpoint the key locations on our planet's surface where CO2 is being emitted and absorbed. Nasa officials confirmed the loss of the satellite at a press conference held at 1300 GMT. John Brunschwyler, from Orbital Sciences Corporation, the rocket's manufacturer, told...
  • Towers Point To Ancient Sun Cult (Peru)

    03/01/2007 1:16:57 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 724+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-1-2007
    Towers point to ancient Sun cult The Thirteen Towers constitute an ancient solar observatory The oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been found, suggesting the existence of early, sophisticated Sun cults, scientists report. It comprises of a group of 2,300-year-old structures, known as the Thirteen Towers, which are found in the Chankillo archaeological site, Peru. The towers span the annual rising and setting arcs of the Sun, providing a solar calendar to mark special dates. The study is published in the journal Science. Clive Ruggles, professor of archaeoastronomy at Leicester University, UK, said: "These towers have been known to...
  • Vatican Dumps Darwinist-Boosting Astronomer

    08/22/2006 9:00:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies · 1,686+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | August 21, 2006 | Hilary White
    ROME, August 21, 2006 ( – The Jesuit priest-astronomer who vocally opposed the Catholic understanding of God-directed creation, has been removed from his post as head of the Vatican observatory. Fr. George Coyne has been head of the Vatican observatory for 25 years is an expert in astrophysics with an interest in the interstellar medium, stars with extended atmospheres and Seyfert galaxies. He also appointed himself as an expert in evolutionary biology and theology last summer in an article for the UK’s liberal Catholic magazine, The Tablet. Fr. Coyne was writing against Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, a principal author of the...
  • Seeing and believing in the Star of Bethlehem

    12/29/2005 4:21:23 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    Explorer ^ | December 29, 2005 | Renee Schafer Horton
    Dec. 28, 2005 - " ... during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'" - Matthew 2:1-2 They are requisite figures in every nativity scene: Three elegantly dressed exotic men, camels in tow, weighed down with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are always a few steps removed, seeming to defer to the farm animals surrounding the young mother and her newborn. Accuracy is not a hallmark...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • Pope's stargazers teach tomorrow's astronomers (Vatican Observatory)

    06/29/2005 9:28:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 590+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2005 | Phillip Pulella
    Everyone knows the Vatican is interested in Heaven but it may come as a surprise to some that it is also interested in the heavens.In this sleepy lakeside village away from the noise and haste of Rome, the Vatican is helping to train tomorrow's astronomers -- regardless of their religious beliefs.For the past 20 years, the Vatican Observatory, one of the world's oldest astronomical institutes, has selected young, promising scholars for courses at the papal summer palace."The Vatican wants to show its appreciation for science," said Father Chris Corbally, a soft-spoken Jesuit from Britain who is the observatory's vice-director and...
  • Macedonia's Megalithic Kokino Observatory Places 4th On NASA List

    05/12/2005 11:36:20 AM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 447+ views
    Southeast European Times ^ | 5-11-2005 | Marija Lazarova
    Macedonia's Megalithic Kokino Observatory Places 4th on NASA List 11/05/2005 Kokino Observatory in Macedonia, discovered two and a half years ago, has placed fourth on the NASA list rating old observatories. Explorations aimed at learning more about the observatory resume next month. By Marija Lazarova for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 11/05/05 Macedonia's Megalithic Kokino Observatory is more than 3,800 years old. NASA has ranked it the fourth oldest in the world. Macedonia's Megalithic-era Kokino Observatory is located 1,030m above sea level on the Tativec Kamen Summit near Kumanovo. Archaeological and astronomical analyses have shown that the observatory is...