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Thursday December 4th 2014

‘Information’ Archives

Kepler won’t be finding earth sized exoplanets for a while yet

Kepler has some calibration requirements before it is ready to find Earth sized planets. It may be a year or more before the issue is resolved. However this does not mean it won't be functioning or finding planets. Just not an earth twin...yet. William Borucki, Kepler principal investigator, reported the following on Ian O’Neill’s SpaceDisco [...]

When Galaxies Collide – Fun Video

Amusing video by Felica Day who hits lots of the stereo typical beliefs of cosmology while getting some good science in at the same time. For example, when Andromeda and the Milky Way collide, will there be a big explosion? Watch and find out!

Chasing Comets

Nasa are not the only space agency doing cool stuff. The European Space Agency's (ESA) are planning to land on a comet in 2014. The Rosetta comet chaser will swing by Earth November 13 to pick up orbital energy and begin the final leg of its 10-year journey to the outer solar system. Several observations of the Earth-Moon system are planned [...]

Kids Space/Art Event – Dublin (Draiocht) Nov 14

For those of you with Children over 5.... Family day: Rockets, Stars & Planets Draíocht Celebrating 2009 as the International year of Astronomy, come and explore space with us through art - why not create a night sky of your own! Age 5 - 10 years, all children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking necessary, please wear old [...]

Watch LCROSS hit the moon live on NASA TV

If you are in Ireland (or Europe) you won't be able to pull out a telescope and see the lunar impact live. The event starts about 12:15 lunchtime GMT. BUT you can see it live on NASA TV. So dont miss it ! Oh and make a copy in case they lose this footage too... For details on when its going to happen you can check out the Countdown

Using Satellites to check the cloud cover

So how do you check for cloud cover using an IR Satellite image?  Turns out there are many satellites beaming information back to earth which is accessible via the internet. A great use for these images is to check the viewing conditions for viewing the stars.  I've done a few searches and came up a website which stays reasonably up to [...]

Sputnik launched on this day, Oct 1957

Sputnik launched on October 4th 1957. The space race began ...

Quote of the day…

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." - Carl Sagan

Test 1

iPhone word press post to test rss retweet

Testing RSS – Again….

testing astoblogger redired to twitter via hootsuite

Testing rss feed

nothing to say now - testing twitter feed when posting a blog. entry


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