Category Archives: Astronomy

Best view of Earth ever

Via Phil Plait, here is an amazing timelapse series taken from the International Space Station and assembled by James Drake as it flies over the Americas from north to south during the night: The timelapse starts over the clouded North Pacific … Continue reading

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An Earthly haze

Wired Science has a short piece on the Solar Dynamics Observatory‘s eclipse season and features an image of a partially occluded sun, much like the one below. As the article describes, the shadow of the Earth does not form a … Continue reading

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Mercury Rising

Yesterday, the MESSENGER spacecraft released the above image as the first of the main stage of its mission, orbiting around the innermost planet and surveying the surface.  When that’s complete, we will have the first complete detailed map of the … Continue reading

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Two spacecraft milestones

Today, two different spacecraft at different ends of the solar system are closing in on major milestones.  The first is the New Horizons spacecraft, destined for a flyby of Pluto in 2015.  Tomorrow, it will pass the orbit of Uranus, … Continue reading

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

I just finished reading the book by Mike Brown that shares its name with this blog post, so I thought I’d post a short review here. The book is essentially an account of the set of discoveries that Mike Brown … Continue reading

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Some criticism of the Mono Lake results

Here’s a post from DNA researcher Rosie Redfield critically analyzing the paper that was released in Science and announced by NASA on Thursday regarding aresenic-tolerant bacteria in Mono Lake.  I haven’t read the paper myself (I don’t have a Science … Continue reading

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My thoughts on the bacteria of Mono Lake

On Thursday, NASA held a press conference announcing some surprising news with implications for astrobiology.  A team of scientists led by Felisa Wolfe-Simon found a form of bacteria living in Mono Lake in California, near the border with Nevada, which … Continue reading

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