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Century's longest lunar eclipse July 27 | EarthSky
In Edinburgh moonrise will happen at the same time as the moment of greatest eclipse, 2122 BST. Totality ends at 2213. Best find a high vantage point.
astronomy  spaaace  coolstuff  local  edinburgh 
6 days ago by gominokouhai
Researchers find a galaxy without dark matter | YaleNews
“I spent an hour just staring at the Hubble image,” van Dokkum said. “It’s so rare, particularly these days after so many years of Hubble, that you get an image of something and say, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’” I think I've worked this out. Clearly, NGC 1052-DF2 is the playable galaxy and we're just part of the painted skybox.
spaaace  news  coolstuff  cosmology  science 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
Humanity Star - Orbit | Heavens Above
Heavens-above had this in the database as OBJECT F until this morning. There were three satellites from that launch with similar orbital characteristics and I couldn't be sure which was which. Now nicely updated and even with a link from the front page. No passes visible from the UK in the next good long while.
spaaace  coolstuff  tech  nerd 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
The Humanity Star
So this is what was up with that Electron launch. I'm not convinced this is going to work. Each individual panel is significantly smaller than the reflective pane on an Iridium. Nonetheless I'll be keeping an eye out when the orbit's right.
spaaace  coolstuff  tech 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record | Boingboing
"Welcome to the digital stone age". Recall that V'ger^WVoyager was launched in 1977, and employs technology available at the time. This clearly explains why the aliens are all avoiding us. They think we're all wearing bell bottoms and deely boppers, and encoding image data as analogue audio. Kinda haunting to listen to the raw recording.
science  tech  audio  spaaace  coolstuff  video 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
The Astrobiology of the Subsurface [PDF, powerpoint pres] | NASA
No srsly. They recovered 50kya-old microbes from geological inclusions and now they're growing them inna lab in California [pp40ff in the presentation]. This can't possibly end badly. ME AM PLAY GODS. ME GO TOO FAR.
incrediblyobscurereference  science  scifi  spaaace  geology 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life | BBC News
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
science  coolstuff  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  spaaace 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Cylindrical Mountains on Venus | APOD
"Two feet of shining screw projected when, suddenly, the lid fell off."
spaaace  photography  incrediblyobscurereference  music 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
The Incredible Story of NASA's Forgotten 'Rocket Girls' | ThinkProgress
"They worked alongside famous figures like Carl Sagan, Wernher von Braun, and Richard Feynman, and they were ultimately essential to the discoveries that made those men household names."
computing  feminism  history  spaaace 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera - Charlie's Diary
In which Charlie is being crunchy again. Let's all give him a hand.
sf  writing  books  spaaace 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy - The Atlantic
It's a Dyson swarm. There's no actual evidence yet, but it's definitely a Dyson swarm. I have decided.
coolstuff  science  spaaace 
october 2015 by gominokouhai
Aurorawatch UK | Flickr
Some good ones in here from the last week.
photography  spaaace 
march 2015 by gominokouhai
Solar eclipse 20/03/15 - an album on Flickr
Fiddlin with new variable ND filter. DAYLIGHT ITSELF IS MINE TO COMMAND
photography  spaaace 
march 2015 by gominokouhai
Michael Collins is the only human, living or dead, not contained in the frame of this picture
Which must be some meagre consolation for travelling a quarter of a million miles and not even getting to stretch your legs at the endpoint.
photography  coolstuff  science  spaaace 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
Voyager 1 spots new region at the edge of the Solar System | Ars Technica
Anomalous results from this summer finally explained by positing a new UNCHARTED REGION OF SPACE.
coolstuff  science  news  spaaace 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
An Earth mass planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B
"Here we report the detection of the smallest minimum mass
planet detected so far around a solar-type star. This planet, orbiting our neighbour star Alpha Centauri B, is also the closest one to the solar system found to date. This result represents a major step towards the detection of Earth twins in the immediate vicinity of the Sun."

No reports yet on whether life on such a planet, while "unlikely" to be "water-carbon life as we know it", have Napoleonic costumiers and a penchant for severe back-combing.
coolstuff  science  spaaace 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
More evidence that Voyager has exited the solar system | SciGuy | a Chron.com blog
Contains one of the most convincing graphs I've seen in a long time: either that's what the Heliopause looks like, or the LA1 detector has failed. It's been out there for thirty years now and it is very cold... in spaaace.
news  tech  coolstuff  incrediblyobscurereference  spaaace 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Curiosity rover finds old streambed on Martian surface
Wow. Look for the comparison with an equivalent earthbound streambed.
coolstuff  news  science  spaaace 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
How Buzz Aldrin's communion on the moon was hushed up
Buzz: "Perhaps, if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion. Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind – be they Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, agnostics, or atheists."

Random Grauniad reader complaining about stale news: "This story gets more ink than the average honor killing". Well, yes. Show me a story about an honour killing ON THE MOON and I'll read the /shit/ out of that.
news  religion  spaaace 
september 2012 by gominokouhai
Sounds from Space
Comprehensive archive of recordings from satellites in Earth orbit. I particularly like the 1957 tweed-smoking, pipe-wearing English ham radio enthusiast commenting on Sputnik 1.
february 2012 by gominokouhai

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