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Follow-Up: Just How Hot Was July 2016?

The other day I posted an article about how ridiculously warm July 2016 was globally. Like every month for 10 months in a row, it was the hottest such month since records have been reliably kept (starting in 1880). This happens so often now that I just repost the same article, with the dates and numbers updated. Show More Summary

Venus and Jupiter Meet in the Twilight (27, 28 August 2016)

Western evening sky on Saturday August 27 looking west at 40 minutes after sunset. Jupiter and Venus are around a lunar diameter apart with Mercury nearby. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time....Show More Summary

Rocky Earth-sized planet found circling nearest star

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky An international team of astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting the nearest star to the Sun. The post Rocky Earth-sized planet found circling nearest star appeared first on Skymania News. [[ This is a content summary only. Show More Summary

Proxima Centauri b: Have we just found Earth’s cousin right on our doorstep?

What began as a tantalizing rumor has just become an astonishing fact. Today a group of thirty-one scientists announced the discovery of a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri. The discovery of this planet, Proxima Centauri b, is a huge breakthrough not just for astronomers but for all of us. Here’s why.

Astronomers Discover a New Planet Orbiting the Closest Star to the Sun!

There’s no other way to phrase it. This is HUGE news: Astronomers have found a planet orbiting the Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun! Holy wow. Seriously. Wow. Before I get into details, let me sum up what we know: The planet,...Show More Summary

Carnival of Space #472 is Here!

Carnival of Space #472 is now up at Everyday Spacer. There is planets around Proxima Centauri, Keeping Mars warm, a rare nova and much, much more. Head on over and have a read.

Astrophiz Podcast 8 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 8 is out now.Dr Cherbakov tells us about the discoveries and passing of Owen Slee, and explains how neutron stars form, and how some become pulsars. I continue ‘the dance of the planets’, and introduce ‘Ian’s Tangent’...Show More Summary

What to Read in May

Columbia's maiden voyage, rocket girls, Buckminster Fuller's vision and more.

How big is that butte?

Whenever I share images from Curiosity, among the most common questions I’m asked is “what is the scale of this image?” With help from imaging enthusiast Seán Doran, I can answer that question for some of the Murray buttes.

Super Slow Motion Beauty of SpaceX Rockets

Every now and again, I think, everyone can use a little eye candy. In this case, though, it’s more than that: It’s also hope for the future. Watch this high-speed footage of SpaceX rocket launches and landings, and see what the future...Show More Summary

Mars, Antares and Saturn from a Straight Line (Wednesday August 24, 2016)

Mars is almost between the red star Antares and Saturn on the evening of 23 August. Canon IXUS, ASA 400, 15 second exposure, 10x images stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. Click to embiggen. Mars forms a triangle with the red star Antares and Saturn on the evening of 8 August. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 25 to Thursday September 1

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday August 25. The New Moon is Thursday September 1. Venus and Jupiter are spectacularly close on the 27th and 28th. Mars and Saturn are visible all evening long. Mars is almost directly between the red star Antares and Saturn on the 25th. Show More Summary

JunoCam "Marble Movie" data available

Since a few days after entering orbit, JunoCam has been taking photos of Jupiter every fifteen minutes, accumulating a trove of data that can be assembled into a movie of the planet.

Venus, Mercury and Jupiter 22 August 2016

From bottom to top, Venus, Jupiter and (dim) Mercury on the evening of 22 August (Canon IXUS ASA 400, 1 second exposure) at 6:33 pm ACST. Click to embigen. From bottom to top, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter on the evening of 17 August (Canon IXUS ASA 400, 1 second exposure) at 6:33 pm ACST. Show More Summary

Global Warming Has Now Made the Northwest Passage a Thing

Over a century ago, explorers dreamed of a Northwest Passage, a route from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic by plying the waterways north of Canada, threading through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, huge icy islands north of Canada. Show More Summary

Space in transition: How Obama's White House charted a new course for NASA

Our Horizon Goal series on NASA's human spaceflight program continues with part 3, in which newly elected President Barack Obama and his transition team search for a NASA administrator, commission a review of the Constellation program and decide whether to extend the life of the ISS.

The Day a Cloud Wore a Cheery Hat

Still, as I mused, the naked room, The alien firelight died away; And from the midst of cheerless gloom, I passed to bright, unclouded day. —Emily Brontë, “A Little While, A Little While” I’ve written many times about summer clouds in Colorado; moisture-laden air blows over the Rockies to the west, flowing to the east. Show More Summary

Super-bright galaxies shed light on early Universe

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky Some newly discovered distant galaxies are helping astronomers shine a light on the time when the early Universe moved out of the cosmic dark ages...Show More Summary

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