Welcome to the latest episode of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on citizen science, gravity waves, SpaceX, and more!
Leading off this week’s Carnival of Space are my friends at Cosmoquest with a trio of articles. First up, Crater Counters Rejoice! Big news from the citizen science site CosmoQuest, where amateur crater mappers are shown to do just as well as the experts. Learn more at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/03/crater-counters-rejoice/
Next up from Cosmoquest, Is it Earth or is it Not? CosmoQuest’s educational game exploring planetary surface features makes it to iOS. Check out Cosmoquest’s newest educational app at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/03/earth-or-not-earth-for-ios-is-here/
Learn how a great resource for educational materials from NASA gets some new upgrades at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/educatorszone/2014/03/14/access-nasa-education/Next up, follow Links Through space on their Astronomy trip through Cambodia – A series of 6 posts on Astronomy in Cambodia. Check out part 4 of the virtual journey at: http://linksthroughspace.blogspot.fi/2014/02/cambodia-2014-southern-night-sky-stars.html
The Chandra Blog asks: “What Makes An Astronomical Image Beautiful?” learn more at: http://chandra.si.edu/blog/node/491
Europa or bust: A possible mission to the icy moon of Jupiter in fy 2015 budget proposal. The Meridiani Journal has coverage at: http://themeridianijournal.com/2014/03/europa-bust-possible-mission-icy-moon-fy-2015-budget-proposal/
Astronomers have announced Nobel Prize-worthy evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the big bang.
Universe Today has an in-depth article with all you need to know on this discovery, and the implications for cosmology at: http://www.universetoday.com/110360/landmark-discovery-new-results-provide-direct-evidence-for-cosmic-inflation/
The Venus Transit shares information on Sunspots and how to photograph them. Check it out at: http://www.thevenustransit.com/2014/03/sunspots.html
Welcome to the latest 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 the M82 Supernova, NASA’S LADEE mission, the “mystery” Mars rock, and more!
First off, Next Big Future has a trio of articles covering some awesome new innovations coming out of NASA. First up is a conceptual solution to asteroid impacts by “fragmenting” the asteroid. Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-institute-advanced-concepts-look.html
Next up are more NASA NIAC conference updates, learn more about Spiderfab, and “photonic” thrusters which use no propellant at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-niac-robert-hoyt-spiderfab-and.html
Last up from Nextbigfuture, Skybox was founded out of the CubeSat community and they are ardent believers in the power of commodity, commercial electronics to change the cost of doing business in space. Traditional satellites capable of taking imagery at better than 1 meter resolution weigh thousands of kilograms, which makes it prohibitively expensive to launch enough of them to capture timely imagery. Check out the full article on Skybox at:
Next up is a pair of articles from my good friends at Cosmoquest:
First up, What’s in an Asteroid? Asteroid Itokawa reveals a strange interior in new observations spanning 12 years. Learn more at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/whats-in-an-asteroid/
Next from Cosmoquest, M82 Supernova Update: The VLA doesn’t see the afterglow, but it does create a lovely new map of the central regions of the galaxy.
Full article at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/m82-supernova-update/
Keep reading for more awesome stories from the past week in space news!
Carnival of Space #335 is hosted by Next Big Future!
This edition features great articles about:
- Asteroid 2014 AA
- Gravity (The Movie)
- Plasma Physics
- Comets in the sky, nuclear propulsion, and more!
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