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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Fear and Dread: The Moons of Mars

    10/30/2020 3:59:56 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies ^ | 30 Oct, 2020 | Composite Image Credit & Copyright: Dennis Simmons
    Explanation: On Halloween fear and dread will stalk your night skies, also known as Phobos and Deimos the moons of Mars. The 2020 opposition of Mars was on October 13, so the Red Planet will still rise shortly before sunset. Near Halloween's Full Moon on the sky, its strange yellowish glow will outshine other stars throughout the night. But the two tiny Martian moons are very faint and in close orbits, making them hard to spot, even with a small telescope. You can find them in this carefully annotated composite view though. The overexposed planet's glare is reduced and orbital...
  • Astron0my Picture of the Day - The Ghoul of IC 2118

    10/29/2020 4:19:28 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies ^ | 29 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Casey Good/Steve Timmons
    Explanation: Inspired by the halloween season, this telescopic portrait captures a cosmic cloud with a scary visage. The interstellar scene lies within the dusty expanse of reflection nebula IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Hunter. IC 2118 is about 800 light-years from your neighborhood, close to bright bluish star Rigel at Orion's foot. Often identified as the Witch Head nebula for its appearance in a wider field of view it now rises before the witching hour. With spiky stars for eyes, the ghoulish apparition identified here seems to extend an arm many light-years long toward Orion's hot supergiant star....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - NGC 6357: The Lobster Nebula

    10/28/2020 5:43:04 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies ^ | 28 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Steven Mohr
    Explanation: Why is the Lobster Nebula forming some of the most massive stars known? No one is yet sure. Cataloged as NGC 6357, the Lobster Nebula houses the open star cluster Pismis 24 near its center -- a home to unusually bright and massive stars. The overall blue glow near the inner star forming region results from the emission of ionized hydrogen gas. The surrounding nebula, featured here, holds a complex tapestry of gas, dark dust, stars still forming, and newly born stars. The intricate patterns are caused by complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity....
  • Europe will help build NASA's moon-orbiting Gateway space station

    10/28/2020 4:21:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 10/27/2020 | Mike Wall
    The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (Oct. 27) formalizing its collaboration on Gateway, a planned outpost in lunar orbit that NASA sees as key to its Artemis program of crewed moon exploration. Under this new agreement, ESA will provide Gateway with a habitation module and a refueling module, both of which the European agency will operate once the hardware is up and running. ESA contributions will also include two additional service modules for NASA's Orion capsule, the spacecraft that will launch Artemis astronauts from Earth atop the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rockets....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Venusian Volcano Imagined

    10/27/2020 3:35:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies ^ | 27 Oct, 2020 | Illustration Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Peter Rubin
    Explanation: What would an erupting volcano on Venus look like? Evidence of currently active volcanoes on Venus was announced earlier this year with the unexplained warmth of regions thought to contain only ancient volcanoes. Although large scale images of Venus have been taken with radar, thick sulfuric acid clouds would inhibit the taking of optical light vistas. Nevertheless, an artist's reconstruction of a Venusian volcano erupting is featured. Volcanoes could play an important role in a life cycle on Venus as they could push chemical foods into the cooler upper atmosphere where hungry microbes might float. Pictured, the plume from...
  • NASA wants to hear your conspiracy theories

    10/27/2020 6:48:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The space agency is producing a special Halloween video in which it will debunk user-submitted conspiracies. With so many conspiracy theories floating around these days, it can be difficult to keep up - which is why NASA has decided to dedicate its Halloween video this year to debunking as many common conspiracies as possible, especially those concerning the space agency itself. "Think we didn't land on the Moon? What about the Earth being flat?" NASA wrote. "We're diving into conspiracies and hoaxes for a special #NASAHalloween episode of #AskNASA." "What secret plans do you think we've been cooking up over...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Dat - Reflections of the Ghost Nebula

    10/26/2020 4:05:56 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies ^ | 26 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Bogdan Jarzyna
    Explanation: Do any shapes seem to jump out at you from this interstellar field of stars and dust? The jeweled expanse, filled with faint, starlight-reflecting clouds, drifts through the night in the royal constellation of Cepheus. Far from your own neighborhood on planet Earth, these ghostly apparitions lurk along the plane of the Milky Way at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over two light-years across and brighter than the other spooky chimeras, VdB 141 or Sh2-136 is also known as the Ghost Nebula, seen at toward the bottom of the featured image....
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects significant amount of asteroid

    10/24/2020 2:32:37 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 23 October 2020
    Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements -- acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid's surface material.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Dark Matter in a Simulated Universe

    10/25/2020 2:32:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies ^ | 25 Oct, 2020 | Illustration Credit & Copyright: Tom Abel & Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC, SLAC), AMNH
    Explanation: Is our universe haunted? It might look that way on this dark matter map. The gravity of unseen dark matter is the leading explanation for why galaxies rotate so fast, why galaxies orbit clusters so fast, why gravitational lenses so strongly deflect light, and why visible matter is distributed as it is both in the local universe and on the cosmic microwave background. The featured image from the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium previous Space Show Dark Universe highlights one example of how pervasive dark matter might haunt our universe. In this frame from a detailed computer...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Globular Star Cluster 47 Tucanae

    10/24/2020 3:33:04 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies ^ | 24 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Mtanous
    Explanation: Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with some 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye close on the sky to the Small Magellanic Cloud in the constellation of the Toucan. The dense cluster is made up of hundreds of thousands of stars in a volume only about 120 light-years across. Red giant stars on the outskirts...
  • NASA to Announce New Science Results About Moon

    10/23/2020 9:53:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies ^ | Oct. 21, 2020 | NASA
    NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Supernova in NGC 2525

    10/23/2020 3:49:23 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies ^ | 23 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU) and the SH0ES team Acknowledgment: M. Zamani (ESA/Hubb
    Explanation: Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 2525 lies 70 million light-years from the Milky Way. It shines in Earth's night sky within the boundaries of the southern constellation Puppis. About 60,000 light-years across, its spiral arms lined with dark dust clouds, massive blue stars, and pinkish starforming regions wind through this gorgeous Hubble Space Telescope snapshot. Spotted on the outskirts of NGC 2525 in January 2018, supernova SN 2018gv is the brightest star in the frame at the lower left. In time-lapse, a year long series of Hubble observations followed the stellar explosion, the nuclear detonation of a white...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Tagging Bennu

    10/22/2020 3:54:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies ^ | 22 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit: OSIRIS-REx, University of Arizona, NASA, Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio
    Make sure to go to the link and click on the hotlink highlighted as "Touch-And-Go (TAG) sampling event" for a video of the touchdown. A photo sequence is also shown in the last hotlink in the Explanation or by clicking on the image at the link. Explanation: On October 20, after a careful approach to the boulder-strewn surface, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's arm reached out and touched asteroid Bennu. Dubbed a Touch-And-Go (TAG) sampling event, the 30 centimeter wide sampling head (TAGSAM) appears to crush some of the rocks in this snapshot. The close-up scene was recorded by the spacecraft's SamCam...
  • Here It Is: The Spectacular Footage of NASA Touching Down on an Asteroid

    10/22/2020 8:35:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 22 OCTOBER 2020 | MICHELLE STARR
    Want a little reminder of how amazingly clever we humans can be? Yesterday, from a distance of more than 320 million kilometres (200 million miles) away, NASA scientists piloted a spacecraft to gently touch down on a spinning asteroid, collecting a sample of surface rubble to bring back home to Earth. At 6:08 PM EDT, the signal from spacecraft OSIRIS-REx reached Earth to let us know that it had successfully touched down at the Nightingale collection site on asteroid Bennu, within a metre (three feet) of its target, and safely bounced back up again after just 6 seconds of contact....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - A Night Sky Vista from Sardinia

    10/21/2020 3:43:51 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies ^ | 21 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Tomáš Slovinský
    Explanation: How many famous sky objects can you find in this image? The featured dark sky composite combines over 60 exposures spanning over 220 degrees to create a veritable menagerie of night sky wonders. Visible celestial icons include the Belt of Orion, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the California Nebula, and bright stars Sirius and Betelgeuse. You can verify that you found these, if you did, by checking an annotated version of the image. A bit harder, though, is finding Polaris and the Big Dipper. Also discernible are several meteors from the Quandrantids meteor shower, red and green airglow,...
  • NASA mission successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu

    10/20/2020 5:26:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue October 20, 2020 | Ashley Strickland,
    After orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for nearly two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down and reached out its robotic arm to collect a sample from the asteroid's surface on Tuesday. That sample will be returned to Earth in 2023. To achieve this historic first for NASA, a van-size spacecraft had to briefly touch down its arm in a landing site called Nightingale. The site is the width of a few parking spaces. The arm reached out to collect a sample, which could be between 2 ounces and 2 kilograms. Then, the spacecraft backed away to safety.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Saturn and Jupiter over Italian Peaks

    10/20/2020 4:23:37 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 26 replies ^ | 20 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Giorgia Hofer
    Explanation: Saturn and Jupiter are getting closer. Every night that you go out and check for the next two months, these two bright planets will be even closer together on the sky. Finally, in mid-December, a Great Conjunction will occur -- when the two planets will appear only 0.1 degrees apart -- just one fifth the angular diameter of the full Moon. And this isn't just any Great Conjunction -- Saturn (left) and Jupiter (right) haven't been this close since 1623, and won't be nearly this close again until 2080. This celestial event is quite easy to see -- already...
  • A NASA Spacecraft Is About to Land on an Asteroid And Grab a Sample.

    10/20/2020 10:13:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | 20 OCTOBER 2020 | ELIZABETH CANTWELL, THE CONVERSATION
    Imagine parallel parking a 15-passenger van into just two to three parking spaces surrounded by two-story boulders. On October 20, a University of Arizona-led NASA mission 16 years in the making will attempt the astronomical equivalent more than 200 million miles (320 million kilometres) away. A NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx will soon attempt to touch the surface of an asteroid and collect loose rubble. OSIRIS-REx is the United States' first asteroid sample return mission, aiming to collect and carry a pristine, unaltered sample from an asteroid back to Earth for scientific study. The spacecraft will attempt to touch the surface...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - A Flight over Jupiter Near the Great Red Spot

    10/19/2020 5:35:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies ^ | 19 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS; Video Processing & License: Kevin M. Gill; Music: Vangelis
    Explanation: Are you willing to wait to see the largest and oldest known storm system in the Solar System? In the featured video, Jupiter's Great Red Spot finally makes its appearance 2 minutes and 12 seconds into the 5-minute video. Before it arrives, you may find it pleasing to enjoy the continually changing view of the seemingly serene clouds of Jupiter, possibly with your lights low and sound up. The 41 frames that compose the video were captured in June as the robotic Juno spacecraft was making a close pass over our Solar System's largest planet. The time-lapse sequence actually...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - UGC 1810: Wildly Interacting Galaxy from Hubble

    10/18/2020 2:35:50 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies ^ | 18 Oct, 2020 | Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Processing & Copyright: Domingo Pestana
    Explanation: What's happening to this spiral galaxy? Although details remain uncertain, it surely has to do with an ongoing battle with its smaller galactic neighbor. The featured galaxy is labelled UGC 1810 by itself, but together with its collisional partner is known as Arp 273. The overall shape of UGC 1810 -- in particular its blue outer ring -- is likely a result of wild and violent gravitational interactions. This ring's blue color is caused by massive stars that are blue hot and have formed only in the past few million years. The inner galaxy appears older, redder, and threaded...