CosmoBC.com AstroBlog http://astroblog.cosmobc.com The Astronomy & Space Exploration Blog Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:25:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 What is Celestial Navigation? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/06/29/celestial-navigation/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/06/29/celestial-navigation/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:24:27 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7995 Celestial Navigation Stars Ship GpsWe’ve been dreaming of the stars for longer than we can remember, staring up at the twinkling lights that fill the night sky and wondering what they are. We’ve even written songs about them. Centuries ago, before the advent of … Continue reading

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How Solar Energy Keeps the International Space Station Going http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/04/30/solar-energy-international-space-station/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/04/30/solar-energy-international-space-station/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2020 22:41:27 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7989 Iss EarthSolar energy is a big deal on planet Earth right now. People around the world have discovered its benefits. Its clean, renewable, and affordable. Once you have an array in place, you can power your home or business for decades. … Continue reading

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Common Tools Used to Gather Data in Space http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/04/24/common-tools-gather-data-space/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/04/24/common-tools-gather-data-space/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:26:36 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7982 Hubble TelescopeAs a species, we’re working on expanding our horizons — literally — by making our first forays into outer space. In the next decade, we’re hoping to have people living permanently on the Moon and may even be making the … Continue reading

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Did You Know Polyurethane Foam Made the Space Shuttle Possible? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/03/06/polyurethane-foam-space-shuttle-possible/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/03/06/polyurethane-foam-space-shuttle-possible/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:05:41 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7971 Iss Space StationSometimes it’s all in the details. Something as simple as polyurethane (PU) foam made the modern space shuttle a possibility. This crucial material opened up a range of new options for spacecraft, as well as everyday objects. Polyurethane is a … Continue reading

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NASA Commissions a New Module for the Space Station http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/02/24/nasa-commissions-module-space-station/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2020/02/24/nasa-commissions-module-space-station/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:31:26 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7960 Northern Lights Iss SatelliteThe International Space Station has been in orbit since the first component was launched in 1998, with the first crew arriving in 2000. It’s been in orbit for nearly 22 years and until recently, it seemed like the funding that … Continue reading

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What Is LightSail and How Does It Work? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/12/23/lightsail-work/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/12/23/lightsail-work/#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 17:13:45 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7949 Sunjammer Solar Sail PrototypeScience fiction has provided us with a lot of ideas for technology that have slowly become reality. Just look at the smartphone in your pocket. More than half a century ago, Star Trek gave us the idea of portable communicators … Continue reading

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The Resurgence of Astrology http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/11/23/resurgence-astrology/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/11/23/resurgence-astrology/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 01:40:32 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7930 Globe Zodiac ConstellationsAstrology: Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio… daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes. You know the thing. It’s easy to confuse with astronomy which is more telescopes and rocket launches. While an astrologist might argue they are the same thing, an astronomer will vehemently … Continue reading

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Why Do Scientists Want to Make a 3D Map of the World? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/11/07/scientists-3d-map-world/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/11/07/scientists-3d-map-world/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:27:33 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7908 Earth Globe 3DHumans have been creating maps since we started exploring the world, giving us the tools to find our way home and explore the unknown. We’ve come a long way since explorers marked unknown areas with “Here there be dragons” — … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Photographs of Celestial Objects http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/07/29/top-10-photographs-celestial-objects/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/07/29/top-10-photographs-celestial-objects/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:12:30 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7895 Phobos Viking 1NASA has provided us with stunning photos over the years, featuring everything from stars and planets to nebulae and even distant galaxies, using telescopes here at home as well as probes orbiting our planet and exploring distant corners of the … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between LEO, MEO and GEO Satellites? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/06/01/difference-leo-meo-geo-satellites/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/06/01/difference-leo-meo-geo-satellites/#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:36:13 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7886 Earth SatellitesAs of the beginning of 2019, nearly 5,000 satellites are orbiting our planet — more, since SpaceX just launched 60 Starlink communications satellites in one monumental event. With so many orbiting bodies circling the Earth, it’s a miracle they don’t … Continue reading

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83 Black Holes Found at the Edge of the Universe http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/04/11/83-black-holes-edge-universe/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/04/11/83-black-holes-edge-universe/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 21:46:53 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7875 Black HoleInternational astronomers have made an incredible discovery recently that many may not see the significance of right away. Astronomers discovered 83 supermassive black holes on the edge of the universe. There’s a lot to unpack from that simple statement, but … Continue reading

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Why Did Lunar Outpost Design Small Rovers for the Moon? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/01/30/lunar-outpost-design-small-rovers-moon/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2019/01/30/lunar-outpost-design-small-rovers-moon/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:43:26 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7867 Change 4 Chinese Moon RoverIt’s been a long time since we’ve sent people to the moon. The last human being set foot on our satellite in 1972 and though China has sent probes to the dark side of the Moon, no humans have visited … Continue reading

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Exciting Future Uses of Textiles in Space http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/11/28/exciting-future-textiles-space/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/11/28/exciting-future-textiles-space/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 19:22:36 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7859 Fabric TextileWhen we think about space-age technology and exploring the Cosmos, we usually think of metals, foils and ceramics. But what about textiles? As many NASA engineers can tell you, textiles have always been an unsung hero in the world of … Continue reading

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TESS Space Telescope Discovers First Exoplanet http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/10/17/tess-space-telescope-discovers-exoplanet/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/10/17/tess-space-telescope-discovers-exoplanet/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:06:53 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7844 TESS Space TelescopeThe TESS space telescope was launched on April 18, 2018, sitting atop a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. This telescope, which is short for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is designed to scan the night sky in search of one … Continue reading

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What’s on the Menu for Astronauts? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/07/19/menu-astronauts/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/07/19/menu-astronauts/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:18:05 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7832 Skylab Astronauts FoodWhen you think of eating food in space, what foods come to mind? Chances are, it’s that freeze-dried ice cream that you tried once as a kid during a science field trip, right? During the early part of the space … Continue reading

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Why Does the Advisory Committee Want a Smaller ISS Crew? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/06/10/advisory-committee-smaller-iss-crew/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/06/10/advisory-committee-smaller-iss-crew/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:39:15 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7820 International Space StationThere are currently six astronauts on the International Space Station right now — three from the United States, two from Russia and one from Japan. You can use this website to see who they are and how many days they’ve … Continue reading

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The ESA Just Released the Most Comprehensive Image of the Milky Way http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/04/28/esa-released-comprehensive-image-milky/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/04/28/esa-released-comprehensive-image-milky/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 20:44:50 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7810 Milky Way Night SkyOn a clear night, we can look up at the night sky and see our galaxy – The Milky Way – spinning away in the blackness. Even with the naked eye, it’s a magnificent sight to behold, but we can’t … Continue reading

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How Do Spacecraft Withstand Re-Entry into Earth’s Atmosphere? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/03/27/spacecraft-withstand-re-entry-earths-atmosphere/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/03/27/spacecraft-withstand-re-entry-earths-atmosphere/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:48:17 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7785 Rocket LaunchIf you’re lucky when you look up in the sky at night, you might see a shooting star. As you’re making your wish, what you’re actually seeing is a small piece of rock or space junk burning up in the … Continue reading

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Cosmology – Never Ending Journey http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/03/22/cosmology-journey/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/03/22/cosmology-journey/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:33:30 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7790 CosmologyCosmology is the study of the universe, or cosmos, regarded as a whole. Attempting to cover the study of the entire universe in a single volume may seem like a megalomaniac’s dream. The universe, after all, it is combination with … Continue reading

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How Does Space Fever Affect an Astronaut’s Health? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/02/17/space-fever-affect-astronauts-health/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2018/02/17/space-fever-affect-astronauts-health/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:43:13 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7768 Astronaut ISSWe’ve been sending men and women into space since the late 1960s, and we’ve spent the better part of the last 60 years studying the effect that space travel has on the human body. Recently, we’ve discovered a new and … Continue reading

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Does Space Tourism Have Health Risks? http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/12/23/space-tourism-health-risks/ http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/12/23/space-tourism-health-risks/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:53:04 +0000 http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/?p=7756 International Space Station CupolaUntil recently, the idea of traveling to space was restricted to highly trained, healthy and strong individuals called astronauts. If you had any health problems, even something simple like flat feet or glasses could keep you out of the space … Continue reading

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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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

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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/#respond 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

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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/#respond 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

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