Monday, 19 June 2017

Out There: Is Earth All by Its Lonesome? Kepler Finds 4,034 Possible Companions

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Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.
via New York Times

Eclipse Across America: Path Prediction Video

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Where will you be during the Eclipse across America? On August 21, the shadow of the Moon will cross the continental USA for the first time since 1979. The predicted path -- a certainty given modern astronomical knowledge -- is shown in the featured NASA video. Most people in the USA will be within a day's drive to the path of the total solar eclipse, while the rest of North America will see a partial solar eclipse. In the path of totality, given clear-enough skies, the Moon will block out the Sun making it eerily dark for as long as 2 minutes and 40 seconds. If interested in attending an eclipse party, please contact your local amateur astronomical society, science center, park, or university to see if one is already being planning. Some eclipse chasers have traveled to the end of the world to see a total eclipse of the Sun, and along the way have recorded many entertaining adventure stories.

Zazzle Space Gifts for young and old

Into the storm

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Space Science Image of the Week: A maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust in one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies
via ESA Space Science