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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Astronomy Magazine

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Waxing gibbous
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July 31: Venus is 6° south of Jupiter
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Pluto's alien atmosphere

New Horizons looked back at Pluto and caught a ring of atmospheric haze as the backlit world was silhouetted by the Sun. 

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Heart of the matter

Pluto’s icy plains, pits, and mountains take shape
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Hubble at 25

How the space telescope changed the cosmos

Ancient mega-Earth

Kepler finds a super-Earth around an aging Sun-like star
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Even more mountains

Pluto's heart is home to a second range of ice mountains

Uwingu Mars

Name a crater ... make an impact!
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Indonesian Islands Eclipse

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Take the Universe With You!

E.T. investment

Billionaire gives $100 million for new SETI search
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Editor David J. Eicher conducts extensive interviews with the world's top astrophysicists, planetary scientists, and cosmologists

Year of Pluto

Revelations of a distant world

Starry similarities

Brown dwarfs form in a process similar to stars

Astronomy magazine at EAA Airventure Oshkosh

On Friday, July 24, 2015, Senior Editor Michael Bakich and I traveled to the world’s greatest airshow, EAA Airventure Oshkosh, to scope out the events being held by NASA and other cool things. Each year, more than 10,000 pilots flock to Oshkosh...
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New Horizons team finds haze, flowing ice on Pluto

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders. “We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now &...
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Mike Reynolds reports from ALCon 2015

The Astronomical League (AL) and Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) held their annual meeting (the Astronomical League Convention, or ALCon) jointly July 6-11 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The hosts were members of the Astronomical Soci...

Change Your View: Fly in July

Show us just how FLY you can be this July! Whether flying out of town for vacation, or making the work day fly by in the office, Celestron wants you to capture the moment and Change Your View on Summer Vacation. Catch all the details and see who's en...

Making sense of Pluto

A week later, the incredible historic moment has passed. The flyby occurred. We have seen some spectacular images of Pluto and Charon. Let's take a breath to make sense of the Pluto we now know.First, congratulations to Alan Stern and the entire New ...
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Check out Rhodri Evans' "The Cosmic Microwave Background"

It’s relatively rare that an astronomy book rolls along that I think astronomy enthusiasts MUST have. Such is the case, however, with The Cosmic Microwave Background, new from Springer. Welsh research fellow astronomer Rhodri Evans of Cardiff U...
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Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, others announce unprecedented new SETI survey

A momentous event in searching for life in the universe occurred today during a press conference held in London. Breakthrough Prize chairman Yuri Milner, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and a host of other scientists announced a $100 million e...
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Asteroid Day blog post from Debbie Lewis

Please read this new Asteroid Day blog post from Debbie Lewis, a risk crisis and disaster management specialist who is an Asteroid Day science advisor. I think you will find it thought provoking . . . Follow David J. Eicher on Twitter: www.twitter.co...

Science rocks Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is now over. This major pop-culture event ran from July 9 through the 12th, not counting the preview night July 8. Quick summary: It rocked! NASA held two major events, panels concerned with education abounded, and it seemed ...

New Horizons makes history at Pluto

Congratulations to Alan Stern and the entire New Horizons team for today’s historic flyby success at Pluto!The color image released this morning is magnificent and will be in a sense the opening salvo of 16 months of data scientists receive and...
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Article on Garik Israelian published in "The Financial Times"

Check out this great story about my friend Garik Israelian, astrophysicist at the Institute for Astrophysics in Tenerife, and founder and director of the Starmus Festival.What a nice piece!(Note: The Financial Times has a pay wall. You must pay a sub...
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Dave Eicher astrophysics book to be published in November 

The product of my last few months’ writing, The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy’s Big Questions, will be published this November by Cambridge University Press. It’ll consist of about 100,000 words and 100 color photos on hot develop...
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Dave Eicher to speak at American Museum of Natural History; participate in 20th anniversary StarFest

I want to thank my good friends in the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (AAA) — Marcelo Cabrera, Susan Andreoli, and David Kraft — for inviting me to speak this fall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. On Fri...
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I'm off to see the wizards

Yep, wizards — plural. And dragons. And time lords. And Jedi. And every other kind of creature ever imagined in an environment I can describe only as the world’s greatest pop-culture convention. The 46th incarnation of San Diego Comic-Co...
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New video: "The Wait: New Horizons at Pluto"

As we wait for the close approach of New Horizons to Pluto a week from now, I think you’ll want to see this video(Please visit the site to view this video)Thanks to Alan Stern!Follow David J. Eicher on Twitter www.twitter.com/deicherstar
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On Asteroid Day, the realities of asteroid impact dangers

Over the past weeks, as Asteroid Day has approached, I’ve seen lots of talk one way or the other about the realities of danger from near-Earth asteroids.The real reality? On any given day, the danger is extremely low. Eventually, however, small...

Join us for today's Asteroid Day activities

The day is finally here! Today, on the 107th anniversary of the Tunguska event, an explosion caused by an incoming asteroid or comet that flattened more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest in central Siberia, people around the world are participat...
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PICTURE OF THE DAYsee all »

The photographer reports the following: On the evening of June 19, I was able to find clearing skies after driving to Gölyazi village and Lake Uluabat, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the west of Bursa, Turkey. The rains earlier in the day cleared the sky just in time and enough for faint stars and especially the Beehive Cluster (M44) to show up near the horizon. Due east, the sky back toward the city still looked gloomy, but no worries for me. The Moon hangs low to the right of center. Above it, brilliant Venus shines, with Jupiter to its upper left and Regulus (Alpha Leonis) to the upper left of Jupiter. (Canon 6D, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 lens set at f/3.2, ISO 400, 5-second exposure, taken June 19, 2015, about an hour after sunset)

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