A Telescope To See Through The Clouds

The GBT is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. It’s located in Green Bank, West Virginia. Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI  How’s the weather by you? We’ve been cloudy for several nights now, and some of us need our dose of starlight again. Then again, if you’re a radio astronomer, it’s been no big deal.…
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Cassie + Ceph Together Forever

Look due north around 10:30 p.m. to find the king and queen, Cepheus and Cassiopeia — created with Stellarium Farmers, sailors and shepards. Those are the people who created mostof the constellations we’re familiar with today. And they did thismore than 4000 years ago. We inherited the Great Bear, Orion, Leo andmany of the rest from…
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Don’t MISS The ISS; Mars Dirt Up Close

Soil captured in the scoop of the Phoenix robotic arm on its first test dig into the surface of Mars. Scientists speculate that the white patches on the right could possiblybe ice or salts in the soil. — NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Max Planck Institute The Phoenix robotic arm has taken its first bite out of Mars…
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Double Treat Last Night

The STS-124 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery participate in an interview with reporters on the ground. — NASA TV The Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) were only about a minute apart last night. When the one rose in the west, the other was nearly overhead in the Big Dipper. Pretty cool! I…
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Journey To An Exoplanet Tonight

The brown dwarf star 2M1207 and its planetary companion discovered in theconstellation Centaurus in 2004. The only exoplanet photographed to date. — VLT/NACO My wife and I planted the vegetable garden yesterday with summer squash, pole beans, radishes, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes. We all know the real reason for a garden is the lust for…
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