Expect to see a super-sized Moon this week. From NASA’s webpage on the subject: Step outside any evening at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth’s moon, round and cratered; the Man in the Moon is in his usual place. But something’s wrong. This fullContinue reading “On the Summer Moon”
No real text to share, just a nice collection of images of Hoag’s Object, a ring-galaxy some six hundred million light-years distant. Amazing stuff.
Two noteworthy events around the Solar System these past few days. First, Voyager 1 has passed into interstellar space. I remember as a child watching television and seeing the Voyager photos of Jupiter and Saturn. News bulletins interrupting afternoon programming. That was a great time to be alive, to be young, to have dreams. AndContinue reading “On the Solar System”
First, scientists find the Mars Polar Lander. Now, astronomers on the Cassini project have found a moon tucked inside Saturn rings. The unnamed moon showed up in pictures taken by Cassini last week. The moon appears in the images as a tiny ball in a 155-mile wide black space in the ring known as theContinue reading “On Saturn's newly-discovered moon”
In 1999 NASA’s Mars Polar Lander crashed onto the surface of Mars. Now, a researcher at Malin Space Science Systems believes that the crashed Mars lander can be seen in photos of the Martian polar region taken by the Mars Global Surveyor. Interesting!