Thursday, January 11, 2018

Carnival of Space #543

Welcome all to Carnival Of Space, weekly digest of astronomy articles from all around the globe. This is a conjunction week starting with Mars and Jupiter and Ending (Saturday 13-Jan-2018) With Saturn and Mercury. See all four of them early before sunrise.
Carnival of Space
Carnival of Space
OK! Fasten your seat belt and liftoff!


From UniverseToday:

From BlastingNews:

From BrownSpaceman:

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Supermoon ,moonrise. sunset and moon halo- 2017-Dec-3 and 4

Although  I don't care too much about supermoons, I always like to see the full moon rising and this evening just 17 minutes after sunset I had a chance to see and take some photos.

The next photos clearly show why I can't see the exact moon rise. There ar mountains to the east which blocks the horizon. It requires about 60 minutes driving to pass them (not including evening traffic jams!)
moon rise
moon rise

moon rise
moon rise

A nice surprise was an airplane which was considering enough to cross the moon.
moon rise and an airplane
moon rise and an airplane

And in the video notice how the hot gases from the engines twist the photo

Here is the full movie of the moonrise at 4x speed

High clouds continued the following evening so I took some other fine photos:

Sunset 4-Dec-2017
Sunset 4-Dec-2017

And the following photo reminded me the famous scene from "Apocalypse now".
A helicopter in sunset
A helicopter in sunset

One hour after sunset the moon rose
moonrise 4-Dec-2017
moonrise 4-Dec-2017

moonrise 4-Dec-2017
moonrise 4 Dec-2017
And later that night a compelte 22deg moon halo, The entire winter-hexagon is visible including the Orion group.

moon halo 4/12/2017
moon halo 4/12/2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Carnival of Space #535

Hi all and welcome to another issue of Carnival of Space. Before going into the articles here are two nice picture I took in the last weeks. You might need to enlarge them to see properly:
The moon and Aldebaran
The moon and Aldebaran

Venus and Jupiter
Venus and Jupiter

And to this week articles:

  • Xcor was making a suborbital reusable launch vehicle (a suborbital spaceplane). XCOR filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday in the Eastern District of California.
  • NASA is providing an update on the first integrated launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft after completing a comprehensive review of the launch schedule. The new launch date for an unmanned first flight of the Space Launch System is Dec, 2019. This is NASA’s stretch goal target rather than June 2020 which is what the review expects will happen
  • An explosion occurred on Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 during a test of a “Block 5” Merlin engine, which will be used in a future generation of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets.
    It was a engine qualification test and no one was injured.
    The block 5 Falcon 9 will have higher thrust on all of the engines and improvements on landing legs compared to the block 4 Falcon 9 Full Thrust. There are also a number of small changes to streamline recovery and re-usability of first-stage boosters. Alterations to the launch vehicle are primarily focused on increasing the speed of production and efficiency of re-usability. SpaceX aims to fly each Block 5 first stage ten times with only inspections in between, and up to 100 times with refurbishment.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Carnival of space #512

Hi all and welcome to CoS #512 with many great articles from the astronomy fandom!
And in this issue, we will go from the first black holes to new features on the moon. From Triton to Jupiter, to new rockets technique and to some space history and talks about the future. Spare yourself a hour and enjoy!
Carnival of Space #512
Carnival of Space #512

With no further delays, let us start.

From "The evolving planet"
From "Universe Today"

From "Chandra"
From "Blasting News"
From "Business Insider"
From "Thought co"
From "Planetaria"
  • A stormy, turbulent world: New science results from Juno reveal ‘whole new Jupiter
From "Next Big Future"
  • "Rocket Lab" broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST. "Rocket Lab" has said they will charge $5 million for each rocket. The SpaceX Falcon 9 has a launch cost of $57 million. "Rocket Lab" will launch up to 225 kilograms. The Falcon 9 can launch 22800 kilograms to low Earth orbit. "Rocket Lab" 3D prints almost all of parts. They use carbon composite materials for many parts which are lighter. "Rocket Lab" uses advanced batteries to enable electric turbopumps.