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2012-03-17 23:01:23

AstroPodcast - a new astronomy podcast launches with a world famous guest as the first interviewee. Coonabarabran, Australia (PRWEB) March 17, 2012 Today saw the official launch of the newest astronomy podcast - AstroPodcast. Local resident of Coonabarabran and keen amateur astronomer Allison Reynolds started the podcast to highlight the human side of astronomy. "I am a big believer that getting to know that scientists are just people like anyone else will encourage more people into...

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2010-11-03 06:20:00

Over the last 40 years, Malcolm Hartley has done just about every possible job for Siding Spring Observatory's UK Schmidt telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The British-born, Scottish-educated Hartley has logged time as the 1.2 meter (3.9 foot) telescope's observer, processor, copier, hypersensitization expert, and quality controller. On the afternoon of March 16, 1986, Hartley's job was that last one -- quality control. In that role, he was the first to view each 36-by-36 centimeter...

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2010-06-09 12:45:47

Comet McNaught C/2009 R1 will become brighter than first thought and will be visible to the naked eye over the next few weeks. Australian astronomer Robert McNaught discovered the comet last September using the 0.5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera.  Enough observations were made of the comet to allow Brian Marsden of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to calculate its orbit. Comet McNaught is expected to pass closest to the sun at 37 million...

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2010-04-13 07:25:00

British scientists have identified a new candidate for the biggest comet measured to date. Dr Geraint Jones of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory will be presenting the results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday April 13th. Instead of using the length of the tail to measure the scale of the comet, the group has used data from the ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft to gauge the size of the region of space disturbed by the comet's presence. Analysis of magnetometer data...

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2007-01-19 16:00:00

Comet C/2006 P1 was discovered in August 2006 by Robert McNaught on images taken by D. M. Burton with the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt telescope in the course of the Siding Spring Survey (Australia). It is one of 29 comets discovered by this telescope since early 2004 in a project to systematically search the southern skies for asteroids, or comets, that can pass close to the Earth. At that time, the comet was only a very faint, barely diffuse object, about 50 000 times fainter than what the unaided...

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2007-01-10 15:15:00

If you watch the morning or evening sky these days and have a clear view of the horizon, you will be able to spot a bright object with a prominent tail. Instructions for viewing the comet in the morning from Spaceweather.com: At dawn, go outside and face east Using binoculars, scan the horizon The comet is located just south of due east Instructions for viewing the comet in the evening from Spaceweather.com: At sunset, go outside and face west Using binoculars, scan the horizon The comet is...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.