CosmoBC.com AstroBlog http://astroblog.cosmobc.com The Astronomy & Space Exploration Blog Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 The ESA’s New Satellite Is Nearly Ready for Launch http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/27/esas-satellite-ready-launch/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/27/esas-satellite-ready-launch/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:45:06 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7734 Earth Space ViewAfter years of development and testing, the Aeolus satellite is almost ready for deployment. The spacecraft is being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is expected to launch in January 2018, less than two months from now. One … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/27/esas-satellite-ready-launch/feed/ 0 How to Mine a £60 Trillion Asteroid http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/11/60-trillion-asteroid/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/11/60-trillion-asteroid/#respond Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:14:37 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7730 How To Mine A 60 Trillion AsteroidMining of Gold, Coal, metals is alright but mining an asteroid? Sounds unfathomable, right. Forget about doing it, not many people would have heard of it. But you may be amazed to discover that scientists are endeavoring to achieve this … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/11/11/60-trillion-asteroid/feed/ 0 Intermediate Black Hole Could Explain Black Hole Evolution http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/06/intermediate-black-hole-explain-black-hole-evolution/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/06/intermediate-black-hole-explain-black-hole-evolution/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:59:41 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7718 Black Hole. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.Black holes are one of the most terrifying things in the universe. It shows the real power of gravity, which is usually a relatively weak force when it grows large enough. Eventually, it becomes sufficient to control entire galaxies. But … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/06/intermediate-black-hole-explain-black-hole-evolution/feed/ 0 To The Stars And Beyond http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/02/stars/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/02/stars/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:16:21 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7714 AstronautI remember looking at the stars every night as a child with my father who was fascinated by Astronomy. His love of the stars rolled off into a passion of mine and as an adult there will always be moments … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/10/02/stars/feed/ 0 Delayed Launch: Heinrich Hertz Satellite to Launch in 2021 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/08/05/delayed-launch-heinrich-hertz-satellite-launch-2021/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/08/05/delayed-launch-heinrich-hertz-satellite-launch-2021/#respond Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:52:45 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7698 Satellite SpaceThe German Aerospace Center (DLR) officially signed a contract with OHB Systems to develop and launch the Heinrich Hertz Satellite on June 28. It’s currently expected to be completed and ready for takeoff in 2021, after costing Germans approximately €310.5 … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/08/05/delayed-launch-heinrich-hertz-satellite-launch-2021/feed/ 0 Why Your Kids Will Live on Mars http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/07/03/kids-live-mars/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/07/03/kids-live-mars/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:59:29 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7689 Terraforming Mars Image By Daein Ballard. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.Mars has a daytime temperature of 73 ºF, but a nighttime temperature of -100 ºF. Nearly 95% of the martian atmosphere is carbon dioxide, and the planet is constantly exposed to intense radiation. So why are humans so eager to … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/07/03/kids-live-mars/feed/ 0 Stargazers App Is About to Revolutionize the Universe of Astronomy http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/06/16/stargazers-app-revolutionize-universe-astronomy/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/06/16/stargazers-app-revolutionize-universe-astronomy/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:03:22 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7684 Stargazers AppStargazers app is the first mobile app which allows everyone to control Stargazers.Space telescopes from its own tablet, then take and share live pictures of space in just a few touches on a screen. “Imagine being able to contemplate the … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/06/16/stargazers-app-revolutionize-universe-astronomy/feed/ 0 Light Pollution Solutions http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/30/light-pollution-solutions/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/30/light-pollution-solutions/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 21:56:53 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7679 Shooting Star During Nighttime With Purple SkyWhen Apollo 17 launched in 1972, one of the commentators memorably announced: “it’s lighting up the sky!” A beautiful turn of phrase, but also something that many astronomers might have heard and muttered in response: “well… what isn’t?” Light pollution … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/30/light-pollution-solutions/feed/ 0 Solar Eclipse 2017 – Important Facts That Everyone Should Know http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/26/solar-eclipse-2017-important-facts/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/26/solar-eclipse-2017-important-facts/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 19:37:44 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7674 Solar EclipseThe twenty-first of August is fast approaching and the excitement around the total solar eclipse is building rapidly both in scientific communities and the lay public. Touted as perhaps the biggest scientific event of the decade; millions of people in … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/26/solar-eclipse-2017-important-facts/feed/ 0 How Will the Internet of Things Change Space Exploration? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/17/internet-change-space-exploration/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/17/internet-change-space-exploration/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 20:04:17 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7668 Satellite Space EarthThe Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change our world immensely. It will present new opportunities, as well as new challenges. IoT refers to the idea of connecting virtually any electronic device to the Internet and connecting them … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/05/17/internet-change-space-exploration/feed/ 0 NASA Will Soon Decide If Changing Juno’s Course Is Best http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/02/04/nasa-decide-changing-junos/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/02/04/nasa-decide-changing-junos/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:35:16 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7416 Jupiter JunoJupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods, and with its massive size, it definitely holds the title of king of the Solar System. NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around the gas giant in July of 2016. Due … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/02/04/nasa-decide-changing-junos/feed/ 0 Space Technology Will Protect the Vatican’s Treasures http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/12/10/space-technology-protect-vaticans-treasures/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/12/10/space-technology-protect-vaticans-treasures/#respond Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:06:07 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7407 VaticanNew space technology isn’t just for traveling into the cosmos — these innovations have applications on earth, as well. Here’s a sampling: Space shuttle astronauts use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to grow plants. A medical device that relieves muscle and joint … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/12/10/space-technology-protect-vaticans-treasures/feed/ 0 How Beginners Can Safely Observe Solar Prominences, Filaments & Flares http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/20/beginners-safely-observe-solar-prominences-filaments-flares/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/20/beginners-safely-observe-solar-prominences-filaments-flares/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:19:07 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7377 Sun With Solar FlaresTwo things set the Sun apart from all other stars in the Universe: it does not belong to any constellation, and it is close enough to Earth to be observed and studied in exquisite detail with nothing more than modest … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/20/beginners-safely-observe-solar-prominences-filaments-flares/feed/ 0 Inside the Monster Rocket to Mars: How Did NASA Build and Fund the SLS? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/11/monster-rocket-mars-nasa-build-fund-sls/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/11/monster-rocket-mars-nasa-build-fund-sls/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:59:35 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7369 Mars Planet AtmosphereWant to go to Mars? You’ll have to fly there on a monster. Fortunately, this monster is being designed to carry and care for humans, not eat them! A Space Launch System, or SLS, is actually not a new idea, … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/10/11/monster-rocket-mars-nasa-build-fund-sls/feed/ 338 Top Mistakes Beginning Astronomers Make http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/09/22/top-mistakes-beginning-astronomers/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/09/22/top-mistakes-beginning-astronomers/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:56:56 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7355 Star Party. Photo by the U.S. National Park Service.Amateur astronomy is not for everybody, just like golf or football is not for everybody, but if you are sure that you want to take up the hobby of gazing at the Universe (or at least some of it) in … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/09/22/top-mistakes-beginning-astronomers/feed/ 8 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for June 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2016/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:22:48 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7333 Saturn By Cassini During Equinox 2008On June 3 Saturn will be at opposition, which means it will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons because it will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2016/feed/ 42 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2016/#comments Sun, 01 May 2016 20:06:40 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7088 Eta Aquarids meteor showerEarly this month on the night of May 5 and 6 the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak. It is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, however most of the activity will be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach only about 30 meteors per hour. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2016/feed/ 27 NASA Called College Students to Develop an Inflatable Heat Shield http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/16/nasa-called-college-students-develop-inflatable-heat-shield/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/16/nasa-called-college-students-develop-inflatable-heat-shield/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:28:26 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7062 NASA Heat Shield Technology. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. License: CC BY 2.0.Who is NASA going to hire to create a vital component for an upcoming Mars mission? None other than the bright minds of our future – college and university students. That’s right! NASA’s Game Changing Development Program gave college students … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/16/nasa-called-college-students-develop-inflatable-heat-shield/feed/ 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for April 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-april-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-april-2016/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:20:55 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7067 Lyrids Meteor Shower Radiant Point. Image by Deborah Byrd from EarthSky.org.On the night of April 22 and 23 the Lyrids meteor shower will peak. It is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak, although some meteors may be seen any time from April 16 to 25. It originates from dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/04/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-april-2016/feed/ 29 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for March 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/03/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-march-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/03/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-march-2016/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:07:22 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7052 Jupiter Voyager 1. Courtesy of NASA.This month will have a lot of astronomical events starting on March 8, when Jupiter will be at opposition. The gas giant will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This means that it will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/03/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-march-2016/feed/ 5 Preparing For Launch: An Update on JWST http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/25/preparing-launch-update-jwst/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/25/preparing-launch-update-jwst/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:22:32 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7045 James Webb Space TelescopeMove over, Hubble! NASA's currently in the middle of building Hubble's successor as we speak. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWTS) will help astronomers understand the history of the universe using infrared technology and a mirror coated in 24-karat gold! To discover how these function, read on, and prepare to launch! Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/25/preparing-launch-update-jwst/feed/ 5 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for February 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-february-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-february-2016/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:14:05 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7040 Moon Phases Calendar February 2016On February 7 Mercury will be at greatest western elongation of 25.6 degrees from the Sun. This makes it the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/02/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-february-2016/feed/ 18 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for January 2016 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/01/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2016/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/01/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2016/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 19:24:42 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7027 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radiant Point. Image by EarthSky.org. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.On the night of January 3 and 4 the Quadrantids meteor shower will peak. It is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at peak, although some meteors can be visible between January 1 and 5. The meteors originate from dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2016/01/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2016/feed/ 16 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for December 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/12/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/12/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2015/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:30:59 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7000 Geminids Meteor Shower 2013 photo by Asim Patel. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.On the night of December 13 and 14 the Geminids meteor shower will peak. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. This is why it is known as the king of meteor showers. Some meteors can also be seen anytime from December 7 to 17. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/12/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2015/feed/ 39 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for November 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/11/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/11/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2015/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 04:06:02 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=6987 Taurus Constellation MapOn the night of November 5 and 6 we will witness the peak of the Taurids meteor shower. It is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour at peak, while some meteors can also be seen from September 7 to December 10. However it is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/11/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2015/feed/ 29 Light Pollution – What Is It and Why It’s Bad http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/24/light-pollution-bad/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/24/light-pollution-bad/#comments Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:11:57 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5448 Dark Sky Magnitude Scale by International Dark Sky AssociationWe often hear about air, water and land pollution, but we rarely hear about light pollution. So, what’s light pollution? All the artificial light that humanity creates comes under light pollution. The artificial might be of any source like burning fuels … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/24/light-pollution-bad/feed/ 29 Origin of Our Universe – Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Inflation http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/23/origin-universe-gravitational-waves-cosmic-inflation/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/23/origin-universe-gravitational-waves-cosmic-inflation/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:50:30 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5451 Background Cosmic Radiation image courtesy of NASA.Cosmology is confusing, yet extremely interesting! Before we get deeper, we actually got the picture of our universe 380,000 years after the Big Bang. Wondering where did we get this baby picture of our universe? Let’s talk from the start. … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/23/origin-universe-gravitational-waves-cosmic-inflation/feed/ 5 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for October 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2015/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:29:25 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5439 Draco constellation map. Image credit: IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine.On October 8 we will witness the Draconids meteor shower. It is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour originating from dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/10/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2015/feed/ 17 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for September 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/09/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/09/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2015/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:47:26 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5423 Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014. Photo by Tom Ruen. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.On September 13 there will be a partial solar eclipse. This type of eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. For safety reasons, an eclipse should only be observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun's reflection. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/09/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2015/feed/ 32 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/08/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/08/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2015/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:55:23 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5414 Perseids 2014 meteor photo by Jacek Halicki. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.This month on the night of August 12 and 13 we will witness the Perseids meteor shower, which is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Some meteors can also be seen from July 17 to August 24. It originates from debris produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/08/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2015/feed/ 19 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for July 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/07/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/07/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2015/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:03:18 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5408 Pluto New Horizons 13 July 2015On July 14 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Pluto after a nine and a half year journey. It was launched on January 19, 2006 and will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. New Horizons will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/07/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2015/feed/ 15 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for June 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2015/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:04:11 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5398 Moon Phases Calendar June 2015On June 6 the planet Venus will be at greatest eastern elongation. Venus will reach greatest eastern elongation of 45.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus because it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/06/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2015/feed/ 6 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2015 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2015/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2015/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 01:49:00 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5389 Aquarius constellation mapEarly this month, on the night of May 5th and 6th we will witness the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. It is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. However most of the meteors can be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. For the rest of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/05/01/monthly-stargazing-calendar-2015/feed/ 3 Go Away, Gravity! – The Ventures of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/03/25/away-gravity-ventures-elon-musks-spacex-richard-bransons-virgin-galactic/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/03/25/away-gravity-ventures-elon-musks-spacex-richard-bransons-virgin-galactic/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:06:55 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5377 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch photo by U.S. Air Force.Elon Musk has a net worth of $11.9 billion while Richard Branson has a net worth of $4.8 billion. If they stacked their respective fortunes in $1 bills atop each other, the tower would reach six million miles, almost 25 times the distance between the earth and the moon. And that is, in a metaphorical way, exactly what the two plan to do. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2015/03/25/away-gravity-ventures-elon-musks-spacex-richard-bransons-virgin-galactic/feed/ 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for October 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/10/06/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/10/06/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2014/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:34:23 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5333 Lunar eclipse April 15 2014On October 8 we will witness a total lunar eclipse. Such an eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/10/06/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2014/feed/ 2 Space Internet [Infographic] http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/12/space-internet-infographic/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/12/space-internet-infographic/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:03:47 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5322 Space InternetThe idea of global internet via satellite is nothing new. Pioneers that failed to capture the global frontier: In the late 90’s several companies began projects to provide worldwide voice and data communications from mobile devices. Iridium: Service launched: November … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/12/space-internet-infographic/feed/ 4 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for September 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2014/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:58:58 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5318 Moon Phases Calendar September 2014This month will be rather uneventful when it comes to astronomical events except for the September equinox on the 23rd at 02:29 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/09/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-september-2014/feed/ 2 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/08/12/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/08/12/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:14:18 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5311 The 2010 Perseids Over The VLTTonight on August 12 and on the morning of August 13 the Perseids meteor shower will peak. It is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Some meteors can also be seen from from July 17 to August 24. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/08/12/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2014/feed/ 2 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for July 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/07/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/07/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2014/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:34:46 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5301 Moon Phases Calendar July 2014This month will be a rather quiet one, when it comes to astronomical events. However by the end of the month, on the night of July 28 and 29, the Delta Aquarids meteor shower will peak. It is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/07/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2014/feed/ 2 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for June 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/06/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/06/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2014/#respond Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:07:50 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=5283 Moon Phases Calendar June 2014After a few months break, we are back with our monthly stargazing calendar series. On June 7 there will be a conjunction of the Moon and Mars. The two celestial bodies will get as close as two degrees of each other in the evening sky. The gibbous moon will be at magnitude -12.2 while Mars will be at magnitude -0.8. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/06/05/monthly-stargazing-calendar-june-2014/feed/ 0 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for January 2014 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/01/10/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2014/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/01/10/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2014/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:22:51 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3433 Bootes Constellation MapOn January 5 the planet Jupiter was at Opposition. This means that the giant planet was at its closest approach to Earth and its face was fully illuminated by the Sun. The weeks preceding and following this event are the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2014/01/10/monthly-stargazing-calendar-january-2014/feed/ 0 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for December 2013 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/12/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2013/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/12/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2013/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:23:47 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3425 Comet ISONLast month on Thanksgiving day comet ISON made a close approach to the Sun and unfortunately disintegrated in the process. It is possible that small pieces of the comet survived this encounter and if so, they will pass near the Earth by the end of this month. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/12/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-december-2013/feed/ 1 Telescopes for Children http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/25/telescopes-children/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/25/telescopes-children/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:31:47 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3416 Celestron FirstScopeAll parents around the world are often struggling with choosing the best present for their children, one that will be in some way useful in their development, but one that children will still enjoy. We all know that children’s interests … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/25/telescopes-children/feed/ 0 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for November 2013 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2013/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2013/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:11:05 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3405 Leo Constellation MapEarlier this month there were two major astronomical events: a hybrid solar eclipse on November 3rd and the Taurids meteor shower peak on the night of November 4 and 5. If you missed those two events, don't worry, there are two more coming up this month! Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/11/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-november-2013/feed/ 1 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for October 2013 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/10/07/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2013/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/10/07/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2013/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:15:53 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3397 Draco constellation map. Image credit: IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine.Tonight (October 7 - 8) is the peak of the Draconids meteor shower. It is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour during the peak, but some meteors can be seen one day before and after the peak. It originates from dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/10/07/monthly-stargazing-calendar-october-2013/feed/ 1 NASA Refocused – Mission Earth? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/09/18/nasa-refocused-mission-earth/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/09/18/nasa-refocused-mission-earth/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:00:40 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3391 Refocusing NASA ObjectivesA few of us were around to remember the mass hysteria caused when the very first human begins managed set foot on our lunar neighbour. Video was streamed, headlines were were written, madness ensued and, most importantly, minds were set … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/09/18/nasa-refocused-mission-earth/feed/ 11 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2013 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2013/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2013/#respond Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:30:35 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3383 The 2010 Perseids Over The VLTTonight (August 11 - 12) is the peak of one of the largest and perhaps one of the most famous meteor showers of the year, the Perseids meteor shower. It can produce as many as 90 meteors per hour at its peak but some meteors can be seen from July 17 to August 24. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/11/monthly-stargazing-calendar-august-2013/feed/ 0 Blue Gas Giant Discovered in Distant Solar System http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/10/blue-gas-giant-discovered-distant-solar-system/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/10/blue-gas-giant-discovered-distant-solar-system/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:33:39 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3377 HD 189733 bAn artist’s conception of HD 189733 b following the 2013 confirmation of the planet’s blue color by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image by NASA, ESA, M. Kornmesser. Scientists have determined the color of an alien planet for the first time. Even though … Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/08/10/blue-gas-giant-discovered-distant-solar-system/feed/ 3 Monthly Stargazing Calendar for July 2013 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/07/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2013/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/07/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2013/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:39:31 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3371 Moon Phases Calendar July 2013This month there will be only one major astronomical event. On July 27, 28 we will witness the Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower. It is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak on the night of July 27 and morning of July 28, but some meteors can be visible from July 12 to August 23. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/07/02/monthly-stargazing-calendar-july-2013/feed/ 1 Evolution of the Space Suit [Infographic] http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/06/30/evolution-space-suit-infographic/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/06/30/evolution-space-suit-infographic/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:39:26 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=3365 Evolution of the spacesuit infographicTwo types of pressurized suits are in use today: "escape suits" worn inside the craft during launch and landing, and full "EVA" suits worn for working in the vacuum of space. NASA escape suits are colored International Orange for easy spotting by rescuers in the event of an emergency landing. Continue reading ]]> http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2013/06/30/evolution-space-suit-infographic/feed/ 0