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October 20, 2010 13:40 by scibuff

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Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet – Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place. The gas-giant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, orbits tightly around its star, with one face perpetually boiling under the star’s heat. It belongs to a class of planets termed hot Jupiters, so called for their scorching temperatures and large, gaseous constitutions. –NASA


The Comet Cometh: Hartley 2 Visible in Night Sky
– Backyard stargazers with a telescope or binoculars and a clear night’s sky can now inspect the comet that in a little over two weeks will become only the fifth in history to be imaged close up. Comet Hartley 2 will come within 17.7 million kilometers (11 million miles) of Earth this Wed., Oct. 20 at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT). NASA’s EPOXI mission will come within 700 kilometers (435 miles) of Hartley 2 on Nov. 4. –NASA / JPL

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast to Continue in 2011 – If you’ve been considering contributing a podcast to the 365 Days of Astronomy but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, there’s good news: the project will be continuing for another year, its third, in 2011 –Nancy Atkinson / Universe Today

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Videos

Animation of comet 103P/Hartley 2 as it passed the Perigee on October 20, 2010. C-14 @ f/5.5, ST-10XME, -10° & binned 3x3. 20-10" exposures through clear filter. FOV ~18' x 26'. 2010 OCT 20 0639-0823 UT. North is up, east to the left. - Credit: Patrick Wiggins - Wiggins Observatory, Tooele (718).

  

Photos

Waxing Gibbous moon tonight

Waxing Gibbous moon tonight

Sunset

Sunset

Expedition 25 Crew

Expedition 25 Crew

Sunrise

Sunrise

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

Comet 103P / Hartley

This image of comet Hartley 2 was captured by amateur astronomer Byron Bergert on Oct. 6 in Gainesville, Florida using a 106 mm Takahashi astrograph. Image credit: Byron Berger

The photo above is “Pick of the Day” from one of the three galleries: Astronomy Gallery, Space Shuttle Gallery and Space Station Gallery.

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