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Sunday, 10 August 2014

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This week at the George Observatory: Perseids Punch Through Supermoon on August 12 

BEYONDbones [2014-08-10 17:00:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (157 visits) info

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If you follow astronomy websites, you’ve probably noticed that every month or so there’s an article about a meteor shower happening. There are meteors showers frequently throughout the year. Some showers are more active than others depending on various factors. … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Perseids are back August 12! 

BEYONDbones [2014-08-04 23:00:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
This month, Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Still, Mars rivals the brightest stars we see at night. Saturn is also in the … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Summer Triangle is high in the sky 

BEYONDbones [2014-07-08 03:39:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
This month, Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. Still, Mars rivals the brightest stars we see at night. Saturn is also in the … Continue reading

Titan’s Building Blocks Might Pre-date Saturn 

Geology.com News [2014-06-25 14:04:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info

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Nitrogen in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan originated in conditions similar to the [...] Oort cloud. The finding rules out the possibility that Titan’s building blocks formed within the warm disk of material thought to have surrounded the infant planet Saturn during its

June 18th Flyby of Titan 

Geology.com News [2014-06-18 02:06:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
“As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft zooms past Titan during a June 18 flyby, it will be bouncing radio waves off the moon’s surface and through its atmosphere, toward Earth.” Quoted from the NASA press

A Transit of the Sun as Seen From Mars 

Geology.com News [2014-06-17 13:42:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
“NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. This is the first transit of the sun by a planet observed from any planet other than Earth, and also the first imaging of Mercury from Mars.

Liquid Ocean Under a Moon of Pluto ? 

Geology.com News [2014-06-17 01:21:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info
“If there are cracks on the ice-covered surface of Charon, an upcoming analysis of those fractures could help determine whether or not the interior of Pluto’s moon was warm enough to have been home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water.” Quoted from the RedOrbit

New Suspect in Supernova Explosion 

Geology.com News [2014-06-06 16:42:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
“There were no witnesses to a stellar blast that lit up our skies a millennium ago, but NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finding clues in the charred remains.” Quote from the NASA press

Mystery Planet Discovered 

Geology.com News [2014-06-05 13:44:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
“Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet formation theorists challenged to explain how such a world could have formed.” Quoted from the NASA press

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Break out the sunscreen, ’cause here comes the Summer Solstice 

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This month, Jupiter remains in the evening sky for one more month. Look for it low in the west at dusk, outshining all the stars we ever see at night.  Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. Mars continues to … Continue reading

Understanding Hazy Exoplanets 

Geology.com News [2014-06-01 13:50:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
“Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets by using Saturn’s smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a

A 970 Million KM/H Fastball 

Geology.com News [2014-05-29 13:33:27]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
Here is an interesting TED video that addresses the question…. “What if someone threw a baseball at you at 970 million kilometers per

We’ll weather the weather: George Observatory’s dome gets a makeover 

BEYONDbones [2014-05-28 19:12:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info
Editor’s note: This post is part three of our three-part series on how you helped us save our telescope at the George Observatory. Read part one here, and part two here. In our Save Our ‘Scope (S.O.S.) campaign, much of our focus … Continue reading

Say hello to a brand new meteor shower: the May Camelopardalids 

BEYONDbones [2014-05-19 23:36:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info
Longtime observers of meteors are familiar with the annual Perseids in August and the Geminids in December. These showers reliably produce hundreds of “shooting stars” per hour every year.  Beginning in 2014, however, we might add another annual treat — the … Continue reading

The great balancing act: Stabilizing telescopes at the George Observatory 

BEYONDbones [2014-05-13 23:23:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
Editor’s note: This post is part two of our three-part series on how you helped us Save Our ‘Scope at the George Observatory. Read part one here. Many have asked us how we are still using the large research dome … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Changing stars remind us that summer’s coming 

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Jupiter remains well placed for evening observing all spring. Look for it in the west at dusk, outshining all the stars we ever see at night.  Mercury appears in the evening sky this month. Too close to the Sun to … Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Over Australia 

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On April 29th “skywatchers down under viewed the first solar eclipse of 2014, as the moon covered about two thirds of the sun.” From the Christian Science

Don’t fight the dark: Five simple ways to cut down on light pollution 

BEYONDbones [2014-04-30 23:16:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
When you visit the George Observatory, you’ll notice signs that say, “Please no white lights.” You’ll also see that all our outside lights are red. The reason we do this is to fight light pollution and create a dark-sky-friendly environment … Continue reading

Sutherland Sky: Part V 

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Today I’m continuing with my series of posts about my October 2013 visit to the small town of Sutherland in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Sutherland is home to a South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) research station that contains many telescopes, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). You can read Part I of this series here, Part II of this series here, Part III of this series here, and Part IV of this series here. In my last post,

Sutherland Sky: Part IV 

Georneys [2014-04-22 21:42:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

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Today I’m continuing with my series of posts about my October 2013 visit to the small town of Sutherland in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Sutherland is home to a South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) research station that contains many telescopes, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). You can read Part I of this series here, Part II of this series here, and Part III of this series here. Today I’m sharing some pictures of SALT, the most
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