Astronews Daily (2455496)

October 26, 2010 11:08 by scibuff

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NASA’s last flight of Discovery – If you have always wanted to watch a launch of the Shuttle that lofted Hubble into orbit, then you get one final chance: the last scheduled flight of Discovery is now set for November 1. –Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy

Pluto and Charon opposition surges, Nix and Hydra masses, Pluto and Eris compositions – An awful lot of the talks in the Pluto session on Tuesday morning, October 5, at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting spent more time focusing on how bad weather conditions were during the astronomers’ attempts to view Pluto as it occulted background stars than they did on any measurements or science that came out from the data. – Emily Lakdawalla / The Planetary Society

Five Things About NASA’s EPOXI Mission – Here are five quick facts about the EPOXI mission, scheduled to fly by comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010. –NASA/JPL

Another X-ray Nova Detected by ISS, Swift – A new X-ray emitting object in the Milky Way has been recently announced by the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) team and the Swift satellite astronomers. MAXI, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported instrument, monitors the entire sky in the X-ray portion of the spectrum from its perch on the International Space Station module “Kibo”. On October 12th, MAXI noticed nothing out of the ordinary in a portion of the sky in the constellation Centaurus. -Nicholos Wethington / Universe Today

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After a day-long flight readiness review at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, senior NASA and contractor managers voted unanimously to set November 1, 2010 as the official launch date for Space Shuttle Discovery

  

Photos

The Moon a few nights ago

The Moon a few nights ago

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunspot

Sunspot

Richat structure in Mauritania

Richat structure in Mauritania

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

Milky Way all around the horizon line and Gegenschein

Milky Way all around the horizon line and Gegenschein from Atacama desert in Chile - Credit: Stéphane Guisard

The photo above is “Pick of the Day” from one of the three galleries: Astronomy Gallery, Space Shuttle Gallery and Space Station Gallery. More information as well as different views are available at Stéphane’s page.

Astronews Daily (2455482)

October 12, 2010 12:40 by scibuff

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Flying to the Moon – From the Space Station? – Last month the International Space Station partner agencies met to discuss the continuation of space station operations into the next decade and its use as a research laboratory. They also did a little forward thinking, and talked about some unique possibilities for the station’s future, including the potential for using the space station as a launching point to fly a manned mission around the Moon. –Nancy AtkinsonUniverse Today

NASA Administrator Thanks President Obama and Congress for Agency’s New Direction Support – The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in support of President Obama’s signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 … –NASA

Solar storms coming our way this week? – The Sun is getting back into the swing of things: a big active region on its limb erupted yesterday (October 10), sending out a small storm of subatomic particles into space. We weren’t in the line of fire, but over the next few days the rotation of the Sun will bring Active Region 11112 closer to the center of the Sun’s disk, and if that region erupts it may send a storm our way. –Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy

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Animation of 2010 TD54 composed of subframes recorded during the
approach on Oct. 12, 2010 with Paramount ME, Celestron C-14 operating at f/5.5, SBIG ST-10 binned 3x3 with clear filter. Field of view is about 18x26 arc minutes. Mount set to allow the target to pass through the field of view. 16 five second exposures shot between 08:51:51 and 08:54:04 UTC.- Credit: Patrick Wiggins (MPC Code 718)

  

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Active Region 11112

Active Region 11112

Milky Way, Jupiter and Scorpio

Milky Way, Jupiter and Scorpio

Sunrise

Sunrise

Obama Signs NASA Authorization Act

Obama Signs NASA Authorization Act

  

Gallery Pick of the Day

Latest image of aurora borealis above Yellowknife, taken at 03h10 MDT October 10, 2010.

Latest image of aurora borealis above Yellowknife, taken at 03h10 MDT October 10, 2010.

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

Milky Way map from Gamma-ray to Radio

October 12, 2009 16:21 by scibuff

Chromoscope was originally created for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 09 by Stuart Lowe, Rob Simpson, and Chris North. The main aim of Chromoscope is to provide a nice way to display images at different wavelengths by allowing you to fade between them (use the left/right arrows). A secondary aim is for the majority of the functionality to work without the need for an internet connection; the viewer can run on an offline computer. Only the search function requires an internet connection.

The sky with the Milky Way across the middle and the north pole of the Galaxy towards the top in Gamma-ray, X-ray, H-Alpha, Visible, Far-IR, Microwave and Radio