Carnival of Space #294
Welcome to another installment of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on NASA, SpaceX, Supernovas, updates from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and more!
First off, Universe Today discusses NASA cancelling Education and Public Outreach efforts due to budget sequestration. Read more at: http://www.universetoday.com/100949/sequester-cancels-nasa-outreach/
Next up from Everyday Spacer is information on how girls ages 9-18 can win a trip to space camp! Check it out at: http://spacer.pamhoffman.com/tell-a-girl-about-a-contest-to-space-camp/
Amy Shira Teitel gives us our regular fix of space history with a great write-up on how the U.S government placed a Redstone rocket at New York’s Grand Central Station. Get your space history fix at: http://amyshirateitel.com/2013/03/24/the-redstone-in-grand-central-station/
Next up is a trio of great stories from Next Big Future. First, The Spacex Merlin 1D has been space qualified and it will improve the Spacex Falcon 9 v1.1 to launch 25% more mass. Read up on this at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/03/upgraded-spacex-falcon-911-will-launch.html. Secondly, Next Big Future has an interview from the Fall of 2012 with John Slough on his Direct Fusion Rocket project. Check it out at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/03/fall-2012-interview-with-john-slough-on.html. Lastly, Check out all of the videos from the NASA innovative advanced concepts spring symposium at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/03/nasa-innovative-advanced-concepts.html
Keep reading for more great highlights from the past week in space and astronomy news!
Did you know that along with Venus, Jupiter can be viewed in daylight? Learn more from The Venus Transit at: http://www.thevenustransit.com/2013/03/seeing-jupiter-in-daylight.html
Urban Astronomer gives us a biography of Nikolaus Copernicus, and why we’re remembering him for the wrong reasons at: http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/astronomer-profiles/astronomers-through-history/copernicus
Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society gives us a pair awesome stories from the recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The first, explores whether or not we may have a meteorite from Mecury at: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/03211549-lpsc-hermean-meteorite.html. The second explores Sedimentary stratigraphy with Curiosity and Opportunity. Learn more at: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/03201405-lpsc-curiosity-opportunity.html
Also from The Planetary Society is A Different Angle on Mars: A new slant on Martian landscapes from Mars Global Surveyor from guest blogger Bill Dunford. Check out Bill’s article at: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/bill-dunford/20130325-a-different-angle-on-mars.html
Cheap Astronomy broadcasted live from Mt Stromlo observatory in Canberra, Australia! Listen to the podcast at: http://www.cheapastro.com/podcasts/CA165_LiveAtMtStromlo.mp3My good friends at CosmoQuest presented data on their “Moon Mappers” project at the 2013 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Check it out at: http://cosmoquest.org/blog/2013/03/moon-mappers-presented-data-at-the-2013-lunar-and-planetary-science-conference/.
Learn how you can help CosmoQuest continue doing great work with Citizen Science projects at: http://cosmoquest.org/blog/2013/03/waiting-on-sequestration-news/
CosmoQuest is also offering a new online course! If you ever wanted to learn more about our Sun, along with how stars form and go through their lifecycles. Classes start mid-april, and only eight seats are available. The online lectures are delivered through Google= hangout technology during the four-week, eight session course. Learn how you can sign up at: http://cosmoquest.org/blog/2013/03/the-sun-and-stellar-evolution-new-cosmoacademy-class/
Dr. Andrew Fraknoi describes a binary star system, discovered by the ESA XMM-Newton space telescope, where a star and a black hole whirl around a common center at record-breaking speeds at: http://fraknoi.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-record-smashing-black-hole-merry-go.html
Space.com provides additional LPSC coverage at: http://www.space.com/20266-moon-mars-planetary-discoveries.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=spacenewsdaily
Are you a fan of Haiku? The Smithsonian Magazine Blogs give us a great write up on how Haiku Highlight the Existential Mysteries of Planetary Science. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/03/haiku-highlight-the-existential-mysteries-of-planetary-science/The Chandra blog brings us a pair of great articles. First, we take another look at a historical supernova at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/blog/node/429, and then learn about how supernovas make great cosmic distance markers at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/blog/node/430
Astroblogger also gives us a trio of great space articles with coverage on Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS in the STEREO imager, with added coronal mass ejection and a comparison with C/2006 P1 McNaught at: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/comet-c2011-panstarrs-in-stereo-13-14.html
When the Coronal Mass Ejection from the 15th of March hit, not only were there spectacular displays in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Aurora Australis put on a good show as well. Learn more at: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/images-from-last-nights-aurora.html
Learn how to spot a hoax asteroid impact announcement at: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/yet-another-asteroid-hoax-there-will-be.html
Last, but not least, The Cubesat CXBN-2 will complete and improve upon the original science mission – to measure the diffuse X-ray left from the Big Bang. Learn more from Kentucky Space at: http://www.kentuckyspace.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=545:cosmic-x-ray-nanosatellite-2-selected-for-nasa-launch&catid=45:kentuckyspaceblog&Itemid=194
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Space! Stay tuned for the next weekly showcase of articles written on the topic of space. If you have a science/space blog, joining the carnival is a good way to meet members of the space/science blogging community and help your site reach a wider audience.
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