Carnival of Space 210
Once again it’s time for another weekly installment of the “Carnival of Space”, featuring weekly highlights from Space and Astronomy blogs across the Internet. This episode includes some great articles about Mars, SETI, JWST, Backyard Astronomy, and Comet Honda.
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Starting this week’s carnival off is Allen at Urban Astronomer. Allen discusses the recent news announcement by NASA/JPL regarding new evidence of flowing water on Mars. You can read his news brief at: https://sites.google.com/site/urbanastronomer/Urban-Astronomer-Updates/wetmars
SETI has announced that they have successfully raised funding necessary to continue operating the Allen Telescope Array. Alan Boyle discusses at: MSNBC’s CosmicLog
Bob King at Astro Bob Provides a wealth of information on how backyard astronomers can observe Comet Honda this week. You can read his blog post at: http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2011/08/08/speedy-comet-honda-to-pass-near-earth-next-week/
Thilina Heenatigala at Universe Cafe writes about the “Stars of Somalia” fundraiser event, coordinated by Starpeace. Starpeace invites astronomers to hold a public stargazing night/fundraiser on August 13th to help drought victims in Somali. You can read more at: http://thilinaheenatigala.blogspot.com/2011/08/stars-of-somalia-tomorrow-is-late.html
In other news, the James Webb Space Telescope is still in trouble. You can learn more about how you can help show your support for JWST by visiting: http://savethistelescope.blogspot.com/
Jason Rhian at Universe Today writes about Elon Musk’s plans to have SpaceX develop a manned mission to Mars as early as 2018 nearly a decade earlier than NASA’s estimates for a manned mission. You can read Jason’s article at: http://www.universetoday.com/88060/spacex-mars-is-our-future
Brian at Next Big Future Discusses how NASA funded 30 innovative advanced concepts for space propulsion, energy and other game changing capabilities. Each recipient was awarded $100,000. Brian’s post can be read at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/08/nasa-innovative-advanced-concepts-funds.html You can also read more about one of the projects involving fusion energy propulsion by John Slough. Learn more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/08/john-slough-fusion-space-propulsion.html
Deborah Byrd at Earthsky discusses the best way to view the Perseids this weekend, along with helpful tips to reduce interference from the full moon. Look to the North-East after midnight local time near the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. For more info on viewing the Perseids, check out the full article at: http://earthsky.org/tonight/wheres-the-radiant-point-for-the-perseids
Lastly, I covered this “Mars Rap” by a group of students in Chicago earlier this week. Here’s a link to the video for those who may have missed it.
That’s it for this week’s carnival of space! If you want to check out any of the carnival entries from the past, a full listing is available at: http://www.universetoday.com/12019/carnival-of-space/