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What Your Breakfast has in Common with Ceres

On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will ease into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. This is the visit to a dwarf planet (New Horizons will flyby Pluto later this year) and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail.

Bright Spots on Ceres Likely Ice, Not Cryovolcanoes


Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA’s Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet.

Book Review: Emigrating Beyond Earth


Do you believe that humans are the ultimate species and that we have a destiny to rule? Perhaps you’re being optimistic according to Cameron Smith and Evan Davies.

The Mini-Moon Cometh: Catch the Smallest Full Moon of 2015 This Thursday


The first known reference of a Mini-Moon? A perigee versus apogee Full Moon from 2011. Credit and copyright: Ken Lord.

Carnival of Space #395


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog.

Kamikaze Comet Loses its Head


Headless comet D1 SOHO photographed in evening twilight on Feb. 28. The comet survived its Feb. 19 perihelion passage but soon after crumbled apart to form a cloud of glowing dust.

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Spacecraft Set for March Blastoff to study Earth’s Magnetic Reconnection Events


Technicians work on NASA’s 20-foot-tall Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mated quartet of stacked observatories in the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on May 12, 2014.

Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Leaves a Lasting Legacy


Leonard Nimoy with SETI astronomer Frank Drake on September 8, 1994. Seth Shostak, also from SETI, was the photographer.

Weekly Space Hangout – February 27, 2015

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @MorganRehnberg ) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – February 27, 2015 (339 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015.

No, a Dinosaur Skull Hasn’t Been Found on Mars: Why We See Familiar Looking Objects on the Red Planet


The dinosaur on Mars, the Face in Cydonia, the rat, the human skull, the Smiley face, the prehistoric vertebrae and the conglomerate rock.

Orbital ATK Aims for March 2016 Antares Rocket Launch Restart with New Engines


Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft blasts off on July 13 2014 from Launch Pad 0A at NASA Wallops Flight Facility , VA, on the Orb-2 mission and loaded with over 3000 pounds of science experiments and supplies for the crew aboard the International Space Station.

Dark Energy Camera Takes Accidental Gigantic, Magnificent Picture of Comet Lovejoy


Comet 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on December 27, 2014, as seen by the Dark Energy Survey. Credit: Fermilab’s Marty Murphy, Nikolay Kuropatkin, Huan Lin and Brian Yanny.

Ceres Bizarre Bright Spot Now Has a Companion


This image was taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 km).

Carnival of Space #394


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog.

Peer Into the Distant Universe: How to See Quasars With Backyard Telescopes


Seen at the James and Barbara Moore Observatory in Punta Gorda, Florida: a scope worthy of a quasar hunt.

A New Sungrazing Comet May Brighten in the Evening Sky, Here’s How to See It


Photo taken at 20:00 UT (2 pm. CST) Feb. 19 with the SOHO C2 coronagraph, a device that blocks the Sun, allowing a view of the area close by.

Incredible “Birdman”-like Tracking-Shot Timelapse of Earth from Space

The Academy Award winning film “Birdman” used what’s called tracking shot to create the sense of a seamless one-shot film.

Winds of Supermassive Black Holes Can Shape Galaxy-Wide Star Formation


An illustration that shows the powerful winds driven by a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy.

Carnival of Space #393


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. Welcome, come in to the 393rd Carnival of Space!  The carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit.

Weekly Space Hangout – February 20, 2015 – Charles Black from SEN

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / www.astroguyz.com) Special Guest: Charles Black (@charlesblack / sen.com/charles-black) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – February 20, 2015 – Charles Black from SEN (283 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015.


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