Top Astro Stories 2013
My choice for top ten astronomy stories of 2013.
Top Astro Stories 2013
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Fireball over Chelyabinsk 2013-02-15. (Frame grab from a video by Aleksandr Ivanov) ©Mona Evans, "Asteroid Facts for Kids) www.bellaonline.c...
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Frame grab from a video of the Feb. 15, 2013 Russian fireball by Aleksandr Ivanov
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Orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013. Shown here is a close-up of the orbits overlaid on the orbits of Earth and other inner planets. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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NASA Maps Dangerous Asteroids That May Threaten Earth. This NASA graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013. Shown here is a close-up of the orbits overlaid on the orbits of Earth and other inner planets.
▶ Meteor over Chelyabinsk. This video contains highlights from a number of the videos taken on February 15, 2003.
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This video is the Fairy Lullaby from A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2 Scene 2. The fairies sing this lullaby in order to put the Fairy Queen, Titania, to sleep. Reading the lyrics of a song is difficult to imagine unless you've heard the song already. While reading the play, I looked up the song to listen to it. There are many versions of the song, but this one is the one that is sung in the movie made in 1999. The Fairy Queen was played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Source: YouTube -Chelsea McGowan
China's Chang'e-3 Lunar Probe Launch. Chang'e is a Moon goddess from Chinese folklore. The previous two missions were orbiters, but this one is carrying a lunar rover Yutu (jade rabbit).
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An artist's depiction of China's Yutu rover being deployed on the moon by the Chang'e 3 lunar lander is shown in this still image from a state-run CNTV TV broadcast. Chang'e 3 landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.Chang'e 3 delivered the Yutu rover to the moon with its successful landing. (Credit: CNTV)
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Chang'e 3 Photos: China's 1st Moon Lander & Rover Mission | Space.com
Artist's concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). It's shown orbiting near the surface of the moon.
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An artist's concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft seen orbiting near the surface of the moon. Image Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry
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"A Perfect Circle" by Dhruv Arvind Paranjpye. Winner of Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010. It shows an annular solar eclipse. The Moon's disk doesn't quite cover the Sun, leaving a ring of sunlight around it. It is quite startling to see the perfect circle amidst the dark clouds. ©Mona Evans, “Royal Greenwich Observatory Photography 2010” www.bellaonline.c...
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Hybrid solar eclipse 2013-11-03. A montage of images of the total eclipse seen from Gulu, Uganda. (Credit: Balraj Chauhan)
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A partially eclipsed setting Sun as seen from Dallas, Texas on May 20th, 2012. This weekend's eclipse will offer U.S. East Coast residents a similar sunrise view. (Credit: Jason Major/Lights in the Dark).
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A partially eclipsed setting Sun as seen from Dallas 2012
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Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic) - When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.
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Solar eclipses are one of the cosmic wonders of our solar system. They occur when the new moon blocks part or all of the sun as seen from the surface of the Earth. When the moon passes in front of sun, as viewed from Earth, the eclipse that occurs is visible from a narrow path on Earth that corresponds to the location of the moon's shadow. During a total solar eclipse, this path is known as the path of totality
Cycle 2 Wk 8. FREE Infographic from Kids Discover: Solar Eclipse. Would be a nice lesson to extend our study of parts of the sun.
Interactive Map of 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse
NASA - Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site. (Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) A mosaic of images taken on the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013). ©Mona Evans, “Mars Facts for Kids” www.bellaonline.c...
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Latest Photos from NASA's Mars Rover - WSJ.com | NASA's Curiosity rover is in its sixth month on Mars. This self-portrait was made by combining dozens of exposures taken by the rover's cameras.
Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site, Cropped This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013). The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called "John Klein," which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity.
At the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called "John Klein" where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity's 182nd Martian day of operations. Several preparatory activities with the drill preceded this operation, including a test that produced the shallower hole on the right two days earlier, but the deeper hole resulted from the first use of the drill for rock sample collection.
Curiosity's First Sample Drilling. Here is the hole in a rock called "John Klein" where on 2013-02-08 the rover made its first sample drilling. (The smaller hole on the right was just a test.) (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
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Feb. 9, 2013 — NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.
Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Collects Sample - A Space First - NASA's Curiosity rover has drilled into a Martian rock and collected samples, marking the first time any robot has ever performed this complicated maneuver on the surface of another planet. The 1-ton Curiosity rover used its arm-mounted drill to bore a hole 0.63 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) deep in a section of sedimentary bedrock on Friday (Feb. 8).
You can see the difference in the two areas in the composite image below. The photo on the left is "Wopmay" rock in Endurance Crater, taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera in 2004; the image on the right from Curiosity's Mast Camera is of rocks from "Sheepbed" unit in Yellowknife Bay in Gale Crater.
Two Different Aqueous Environments. Rocks seen by Opportunity and Curiosity on two different parts of Mars. On the left (Opportunity) a sandstone that probably partly formed & cemented in the presence of water, but in a highly acidic environment. But on the right, Curiosity found fine-grained sediments from a habitable environment with low salinity and a neutral pH. (Images have been white-balanced to show what they might look like on Earth.) (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/MSSS)
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NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars: Two Different Aqueous Environments
NASA Curiosity Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars. An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
NASA Opportunity Rover finds Two Different Aqueous Environments, 3/2013
Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) is an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. It consists of 66 12-meter and 7-meter diameter radio telescopes observing at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths. ALMA is an international partnership between Europe, the United States, Canada, East Asia and the Republic of Chile. It has been fully operational since 2013-03-13.
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an aerial view of the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes, home of the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), taken in December 2012—four months prior to the ALMA inauguration.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) is an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. The array has been constructed on the Chajnantor plateau at 5000 metres altitude, near Llano de Chajnantor Observatory and Atacama Pathfinder Experiment. Consisting of 66 12-meter and 7-meter diameter radio telescopes observing at 0.3 to 9.6 mm wavelengths. www.almaobservatory.org > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_Large_Millimeter_Array
Chajnantor Plateau stands at an altitude of 16,000 feet (5000 meters) in the Chilean Andes, home of the array of ALMA telescope antennas. The large antennas span a diameter of 40 feet (12 meters), while 12 smaller antennas with a diameter of 23 feet (7 meters) make up the ALMA Compact Array (ACA). On the horizon, stand the peaks of (right to left) Cerro Chajnantor, Cerro Toco and Juriques. This photo was taken in December 2012, four months prior to the ALMA inauguration on March 13, 2013.
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Infographic: How the huge ALMA radio telescope works. (Credit: Karl Tate)
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How the Huge ALMA Radio Telescope Works (Infographic) [Space Future: http://futuristicnews.com/category/future-space/]
Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two companion galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy, can be seen as bright smudges in the night sky, in the centre of the photograph. (Credit: ESO/C. Malin) Mona Evans, "Hidden Universe 3D - film" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183545.asp
Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two companion galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy, can be seen as bright smudges in the night sky, in the centre of the photograph. (Credit: ESO/C. Malin)
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Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two companion galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy, can be seen as bright smudges in the night sky, in the centre of the photograph.
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Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array - ALMA Observatory
The Atacama Large Millimeter Submillimeter Array ~via NASA | credit: ESO/C. Malin
2013-10-23. More than 1,000 exoplanets have been confirmed and cataloged. (PHL @ UPR Arecibo) Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets" www.bellaonline.c...
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More than 1,000 exoplanets have now been confirmed and cataloged (PHL @ UPR Arecibo) It was just last week that we reported on the oh-so-close approach to 1,000 confirmed exoplanets discovered thus far, and now it’s official: the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia now includes more than 1,000! (1,010, to be exact.)
In the first three years of Kepler data, more than 3,500 exoplanet candidates have been named. Since the January 2013 update the number of candidates increased by 29 percent. The largest increase of 78 percent was for the Earth-size category. (Credit: NASA) Mona Evans, "Hunting for Extrasolar planets" www.bellaonline.c...
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Kepler Data Reveal the Discovery of 833 New Candidate Planets - The latest analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data has revealed the discovery of 833 new candidate planets; ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit their sun's habitable zone - Article date : November 5, 2013
Oct 39, 2013 : Todays announcement is for the first earth-sized plant discovery. It might be 2014 beore they announce "Borucki" - which by definition will be the first earth-sized rocky planet around a sun-like star - in the habitable zone. Todays announcement Kepler-78b is too close to its sun for life.
Kepler-78b compared to Earth. It's 1.2 times the size of Earth and 1.7 times more massive, giving it the same density. It's probably also mostly rock and iron, but it orbits its star every 8.5 hours. Its star is slightly smaller and less massive than the sun and is located about 400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. Mona Evans, "Hunting for Extrasolar planets" www.bellaonline.c...
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Scientists have found the most similar planet to Earth ever discovered – except it is 2,000C degrees hotter. The small hot planet orbiting a star 700 light years away has the same size and rocky composition as the Earth. Kepler 78b is the smallest exoplanet whose mass and size are known. It is just 1.2 […]
From the Kepler data we're finding new planets all the time. Many are more earthlike in size and some are in the habitable zones of their stars. This doesn't mean there is any kind of life on them. There are many other factors that could make them uninhabitable. Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets", www.bellaonline.c...
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JPL Waves at Saturn. On July 19, 2013 the Cassini spacecraft turned its imaging cameras towards Earth. People around the world waved at Saturn, including scientists, engineers and visitors at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Mona Evans, "Cassini MIssion and Website" www.bellaonline.c...
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Humans wave as NASA probe takes Earth's photo from Saturn | MNN - Mother Nature Network
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft turned its imaging cameras to Earth, scientists, engineers and visitors at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., gathered to wave at our robotic photographer in the Saturn system on July 19, 2013.
Two Views of Home, July 19, 2013. On the left is the Earth and Moon taken by Cassini on the far side of Saturn. The one on the left was taken on the same day by the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute and NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington) Mona Evans, "Cassini MIssion and Website" www.bellaonline.c...
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These images show views of Earth and the moon from NASA's Cassini (left) and MESSENGER spacecraft (right) from July 19, 2013. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute and NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Earth Waves at Cassini on July 19, 2013 -From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission on July 19, 2013. The Cassini team created this image collage as a tribute to the people of Earth Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/People of Earth See link below to the absolutely gigantic full resolution version
Earth Waves at Cassini on July 19, 2013. From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission. The Cassini team created this image collage as a tribute to the people of Earth. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/People of Earth)
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From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission. That event on July 19, 2013, marked the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture as part of a larger mosaic of the Saturn system. Image released Aug. 21, 2013.[Read the Full Story]
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Earth Waves at Cassini: people around the world, from more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASAs Cassini mission.
Saturn has rings. And how! in my absolute favorite Cassini probe picture. We are looking inwards towards an eclipsed Sun from the night side of Saturn. Yet light reflected from the ring system is lighting up the dark side of the planet. Click the image to enlarge & look beyond the bright central rings, just inside the next ring out on the left hand side, and find the small dot. That's Earth. ©Mona Evans, "10 Amazing Facts about the Solar System" www.bellaonline.c...