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Human vs. Machine

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 11:30:26 +0000

I will bet the result doesn’t stand for long. The pre-loaded map won’t be necessary for too long either. Let’s hope JPL repeats this in a years time. You may have also noticed “I” was not the one flying the drone either. Perhaps JPL and Google have heard about my expertise in this area. I […]

Comet 45P Is Kind of Odd

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:28:18 +0000

This great image shows Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková as seen from Africa. The image was captured by Gerald Rhemann using a telescope on December 22 from Farm Tivoli in Namibia, Africa. Very nice and very nice dark skies!  Click the image for a larger version. Astronomers in Hawaii used the iSHELL high-resolution spectrograph to see what they […]

Happy Anniversary Meteosat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:11:16 +0000

Meteosat was the first Earth observation satellite launched by ESA and that launch was 40 years ago today. On 23 November 1977 at 13:35 GMT the Meteosat took-off from Cape Canaveral Florida and by 07 December the spacecraft had reached its destination in geostationary orbit. Two days later on 09 December, Meteosat took its first […]

A Farewell Mosaic to Saturn

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:25:43 +0000

Yes there really are six moons visible in this image — click the image to help spot them. If you still can’t spot them all (and I could not at first) you will find a link to an annotated version below NASA’s caption: NASA — After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its […]


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:31:13 +0000

Very cool. An interstellar asteroid called Oumuamua. We are getting some great information starting with two videos about Oumuamua. The first is from ESO: And the second from NASA: Finally a press release from NASA: Now, new data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, […]

Lop-sided Galaxy NGC 4625

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:41:52 +0000

This galaxy is called NGC 4625 and it is a dwarf galaxy located 30-million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is indeed quite lop-sided. I would imagine the rotation of the galaxy would reflect the absence of mass by the center of gravity being just a little off and producing a distinct wobble. […]

A Bird’s Eye View of the ESO

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:30:24 +0000

Magnificent! SpaceX and Zuma update: there is still no published time or date for the launch. Given the nature of the mission we might not have much notice either. Video

Launch of the JPSS-1 Satellite — REPLAY

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:20:57 +0000

Here is a replay and be sure to watch after the three-minute point for some spectacular video! All is going as planned so far. Launch time: 04:47 ET / 09:47 UT Rocket: United Launch Alliance Delta II Location: Vandenberg AFB, California. Payload: US NOAA Weather satellite JPSS-1 AND four CubeSats. Replays later of course.

Fabulous Friday

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:26:45 +0000

Oh my, just look at this picture, it is beautiful. Thanks to Ollie Taylor for taking it and ESA for sharing it out. ESA has a nice press release and include other footage of this event which was widely seen across Europe. ESA —  On 14 November 2017 at about 16:45 GMT a football-sized meteoroid […]

Zuma Launch — Postponed

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:59:30 +0000

The Zuma mission did not launch as you may know. SpaceX is “take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing /for another customer.” Launch range has been preserved for 17/18 November but not date is solid as yet. Will SpaceX put the “zoom” in Zuma? The launch window opens shortly at 01:00 UT […]