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The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2 - Eberswalde

The final site of the four that we discussed yesterday was Eberswalde, which of course is interesting because of the big delta that is preserved in the western part of the crater.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 28-12-14

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy sketched on 28 December using 10 x 50 binoculars on a tripod. The comet is bigger than 47 Tucana but dimmer. Didn't bring my charts so I can't reliably estimate magnitude. Very easy to find in binoculars even with the waxing Moon. No hint of tail with binoculars. With moonlight no hope of seeing it with the unaided eye.

Fake New Year 2015

You may be seeing claims that this image shows Europe at midnight on New Year's Eve. It doesn't. It is a mosaic showing lighting changes from 1993-2003. Not the view at midnight. CREDIT: NASA/NOAA Ways to tell this pictures isn't what...Show More Summary

Get an Up-Close Look at the Lunar Surface with These 3D Apollo Images

3D images generated by the Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera give you an idea of how it would look to crouch on the lunar surface with your spacesuit faceplate to the soil.

A Visit to India: New Space Collaborations and New Friendships with Role Models for Women in STEM

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan discusses her recent trip to India to speak at the India-U.S. Technology Summit in Delhi and Miranda House a the University of Dehli on women in STEM careers.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 20th and 23rd of December

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 23-12-14 with my Canon IXUS point and shoot. 10x 15 second exposures ISO 400 stacked with deep sky stacker. and cropped to the region of interest, showing Phract (alpha Columba) and the comet (Click to...Show More Summary

The Interview Will Finally Hit Theaters on Xmas

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You Can't Kill Stan Lee

Marvel's Energizer Bunny still keeps going Comics Stan Lee Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Howard the Duck Avengers: Age of Ultron

Blackhat Capturing the Terror of Cyberattacks

Michael Mann could be right on time with his latest movie Film blackhat Chris Hemsworth Michael Mann

Mark Wahlberg Talks Six Million Dollar Man Reboot

Steve Austin may return in 2016 Film Mark Wahlberg The Six Million Dollar Man The Six Billion Dollar Man

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 25 to Thursday January 1

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday December 29. Venus is low in the evening sky with Mercury below it. Mars is easily visible in the early evening and is visited by the Moon on the 25th. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Saturn rises in the morning sky. Show More Summary


A few weeks ago, I had a flight out of LaGaurdia Airport in New York City. On the drive there, I caught a distant glimpse of the Manhattan skyline. I was startled to see that it is newly altered. Rising from midtown was a silhouette that seemed both impossibly narrow, and taller than any other […]

How to see Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on Christmas

Horizon chart facing east at 22:00 ACDST showing the location of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen from Southern Hemisphere locations at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen Close up chart...Show More Summary

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 4

Today we visited the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, there is no way to convey what it is like.

Pretty pictures of the Cosmos: Infinity

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares four stunning images capturing the expansiveness of the universe.

Aurora Alert NOW! 23 December

Kp has hit 6 and the IPS has issued an aurora alert. However Bz remains positive but there have been reports of unaided eye aurora from Tasmanian and some NZ observers.Worth having a look.As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, recently beams have been reported too. Show More Summary

Pee Wee Herman to Return in 2015

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Netflix Has Its Luke Cage

Netflix series to debut next year Comics Luke Cage Marvel Netflix The Avengers

Star Trek 3 Officially Has a Director

Fast and Furious almuni ready to board the Enterprise Film Star Trek Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek 3 Justin Lin fast and furious

Evolution of a comets tail: Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from 14-19 November 2014

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 14-12-14 15-12-14 16-12-14 17-12-14 18-12-14 19-12-14 Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is brightening nicely in the sky, and its tail is doing some interesting things. This is a sequence from 14 December to 19 December, all at roughly 3:00am on their respective days (except the 16th, that was closer to 11:30 pm). Show More Summary

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