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Everything you need to know about checking the four upcoming lunar eclipses here. 

Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

rhamphotheca:

Small World Spotted Far Beyond Pluto

by Ken Crosswell

Astronomers have detected a small world (inset) more than twice as remote as Pluto, lying 12 billion kilometers, or 83 AU, from the sun. (One AU, or astronomical unit, is the mean sun-Earth distance.)

As scientists report online today in Nature, the new object is the first ever found whose orbit (red curve) resembles that of Sedna (orange curve), a far-off body that never gets close to Neptune’s path (outermost magenta circle). Both Sedna and the new world, designated 2012 VP113, therefore differ from Pluto and other members of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt (turquoise dots), which lie just past Neptune’s orbit.

The object journeys 80 to 452 AU from the sun, never approaching Neptune (30 AU) or Pluto (39.5 AU). The new world is roughly 450 kilometers across, just one-fifth Pluto’s diameter

(read more: Science News/AAAS)

images: Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science

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bobbycaputo:

Sidewalk Astronomy

This man is lucky that I didn’t walk by. I wouldn’t have left.

progressivefriends:

bobbycaputo:

Sidewalk Astronomy

This man is lucky that I didn’t walk by. I wouldn’t have left.

mothernaturenetwork:

Ancient Mars lake could have supported life, Curiosity rover findsIf the lake supported life, scientists think that it was likely similar to extremophiles found on Earth that thrive in caves and hydrothermal vents.

mothernaturenetwork:

Ancient Mars lake could have supported life, Curiosity rover finds
If the lake supported life, scientists think that it was likely similar to extremophiles found on Earth that thrive in caves and hydrothermal vents.

sci-universe:

Saturn’s hexagon is a persisting six sided cloud pattern around the north pole of the planet. It is created by a band of upper-atmospheric winds, and the sides of it are about 13,800 km (8,600 mi) long, which is longer than the Earth’s diameter. There’s a hurricane swirling within the hexagon.

(Images by the Cassini spacecraft)

sci-universe:

Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system’s asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus.

Scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano in Hawaii first detected the six-tailed asteroid in August. They dubbed it P/2013 P5 and noted that it looked fuzzier than typical asteroids, which usually appear as tiny points of light. More detailed observations with the powerful Hubble Space Telescope in September revealed a clearer picture of asteroid, showing it had six comet-like tails.

Full article.

nationalpost:

'The ultimate battle of fire and ice': Watch live as the 'comet of the century' hurtles toward the sun 
NASA is calling on the space-obsessed to pull out some popcorn and watch the show on Thursday as the ‘comet of the century’ hurtles toward the sun.
The comet, called ISON, has been on stargazers’ radar since late last year when it was seen hurtling towards the sun and showing every sign of passing very close to the centre of the solar system.
If the stars align, the large comet rocketing towards the sun will be putting on a show to delight more than just the world’s astronomers. (NASA)

nationalpost:

'The ultimate battle of fire and ice': Watch live as the 'comet of the century' hurtles toward the sun 

NASA is calling on the space-obsessed to pull out some popcorn and watch the show on Thursday as the ‘comet of the century’ hurtles toward the sun.

The comet, called ISON, has been on stargazers’ radar since late last year when it was seen hurtling towards the sun and showing every sign of passing very close to the centre of the solar system.

If the stars align, the large comet rocketing towards the sun will be putting on a show to delight more than just the world’s astronomers. (NASA)