Category Archives for "Astronomy"

Oct 11

Asteroid Death Smash

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65 million years ago an asteroid collided with Earth and took out massive swaths of life – obliterating almost all of the dinosaur species in one fell swoop. Let’s take a look at some cool facts from the big wipe out. The survivors. First, the survivors. The asteroid death smash didn’t kill everything. Just a […]

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Aug 15

Adaptive optics at the Paranal Observatory

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Oh my gosh, this reminds me so much of Rosie’s adventure in defeating the Asteroid of Doom in our Optics trilogy!! This spectacular view of a laser firing up into the cosmos comes from the European Southern Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, where scientists have recently activated the new Four Laser Guide Star Facility. The […]

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Nov 24

Surviving the Vacuum of Space: The Water Bear

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Space is a harsh environment. To date, there is only one species on our planet that was found capable of surviving the vacuum of space – the water bear. In fact, in 2008 scientists put water bears in space for ten days with no protection. Once they returned home and given water, the water bears […]

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Nov 10

Mission to Mars: Astronaut Brains

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While the world is preparing for a long term space mission to Mars, one thing has scientists thinking. Astronaut brains. Experiencing micro-gravity changes a lot of things in our bodies. From the shape of our eyes to our ability to do small motor tasks, our Mission to Mars relies on our ability to function at […]

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Nov 02

Saturn’s Moon: Cassini Close Up

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Cassini has flown by Venus, Earth, Jupiter and Saturn and is now taking aim at Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Launched in 1997, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 giving us images of our outer solar system. Saturn’s Moon gets a Glamour Shot Images from Cassini have just been released of the first time Cassini dove […]

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Oct 26

Comet Lovejoy: Sugar and…Alcohol

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Researches¬†have long wondered where organic molecules, the building blocks of life on Earth, have come from. We have known that radiation bombarded star dust creates organic molecules in space, but wht of some oft he more complex organic molecules? A team from Nasa just noticed that Comet Lovejoy was giving away ethanol and basic sugars […]

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Oct 20

Rosie, the Space Station and Micrometeorites

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The ISS is getting bombarded with micrometeorites, and just last night one chipped a window. Rosie needs to form a plan to make sure no meteorites damage the space station. Can she save the astronauts? Let’s help Rosie find out. The Space Station and micrometeorites are hurtling in orbit together around the Earth. Our atmosphere […]

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Aug 10

Perseid meteor shower: Best of the Year

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The Perseid meteor shower comes around once a year, and it is one of the best. This year we will get an extra stellar look with a moonless sky. Starting the night of August 12 watchers can expect to see about 100 shooting stars per hour during this meteor shower! You won’t need any extra […]

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Aug 01

Philae Finds Organic Molecules

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The historic comet landing. After a 10 year voyage Philae landed on Comet 67P – Rosetta’s Stone. Landing on the comet was a feat in and of itself. Armed with harpoons and a broken cold gas thruster it was given the go ahead to land November 12, 2014. The Philae landing didn’t go as planned […]

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Jul 31

Once in a Blue Moon Happens Tonight

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Will the moon really be blue tonight?!? Nope. A blue moon does not actually talk about the color of the moon, as one might suspect. It talks about the rarity of the moon. Full moons aren’t rare, and a blue moon is just a full moon. But it has one special point to it. A […]

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