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Asteroid approach!

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Beware!  Run and hide!   Or perhaps not,  since NASA considers 1.1 million miles from earth to be a  “very close  approach.”   Maybe it ill comfort you to know that the agency thinks there is no chance that asteroid 2014 JO25 will actually collide with our blue ball.

If you know someone with a decent amateur telescope,  ask to watch the asteroid tonight.

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April 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

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Eugene Cernan, R.I.P.

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Eugene Cernan,  the last astronaut to walk on the moon,  has died.   That leaves only six more living who have strolled on the moon.

 

 

 

 

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February 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm

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Smiley sun…

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NASA has released a photo of the sun with active spots and plasma which look  like a smile.   There’s a scientific explanation for all the features,  but a smile will suffice for me.

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December 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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NASA capture…

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Double eclipses are rare,  and one of NASA’s satellites has captured one on camera  for your viewing astonishment.   The event occurs when both the earth and the moon cross into the path of the sun.

 

 

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September 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Kepler spacecraft emergency…

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This is not the first crisis the Kepler spacecraft has suffered since its launch in 2009,  but because it is now 75 million miles from Earth,  this may be  its worst.   Distance matters when you’re trying to identify the problem which caused this planet hunter to go into emergency mode,  not to mention the eighteen minutes it will take for any commands to reach the plucky pioneer.

One hopes NASA engineers can pull another rabbit out of the hat so Kepler can continue on and perhaps find another 5,000 planets.

 

 

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April 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm

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Snowball upgrade…

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You need not be a former NASA engineer  to turn  a leaf blower into a snowball gun,  but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

 

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February 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

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Space flowers…

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Well,  it’s just one,  but  this is  the first flower to bloom in space.

 

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January 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

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