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Be alert for parachuting elephants!

Something weird is going on out there. Phil Plait says, “Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring. I mean, seriously: what the hell happened here?” … Continue reading

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Galileo’s Eyes

Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei started an astronomical revolution by using a telescope to (among other things) discover four moons of Jupiter and thus reinforce the heliocentric view of the solar system, removing Earth from the center of the … Continue reading

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IYA2009 – International Year of Astronomy

“The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage … Continue reading

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Target Earth

“Unfortunately, for SV11 the alarm is not over, the date of possible impact has shifted to April 1, 2009, but it is NOT an April’s fool.” — minor planets mailing list, hat tip to Technocrat. Look on the bright side … Continue reading

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Missing Link in Space

Researchers have discovered an unusual object, named ‘2008 KV42’, that orbits the Sun backwards at a 104 degree tilt. Study of this strange configuration may lead to understanding the origins of some comets. For example, it’s unclear how objects transition … Continue reading

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Alien Overlords

It’s time to reassemble the interocitor and send “I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords“, if I can just find the schematics. Oh, wait…. It’s too late, baby, according to Dr. Alexander L. Zaitsev’s Detection Probability of Terrestrial Radio … Continue reading

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The Star II

This is a followup to my previous post The Star. The most powerful explosion ever observed may have been even more powerful than first thought. Nearly three weeks after the bright ‘gamma-ray burst’ occurred, it is still outshining its host … Continue reading

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The Star

“Yesterday [March 19], the gamma ray burst GRB 080319B was observed. What is so special about this one is that it has been determined to have happened at a distance of 7.5 billion light years, and yet its optical afterglow … Continue reading

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