Carnival of Space #241

Wel­come back to episode #241 of the Car­ni­val of Space; the source for the lat­est space news from var­i­ous blogs from the past week. Step right up for the lat­est ride around the carnival.

Aster­oids: they’re big, scary and can kill mil­lions. Nuclear weapons: they’re big, scary and can kill mil­lions. Ian O’Neill of Dis­cov­ery News asks wouldn’t it make sense to unite the two?

Chan­dra Blog’s guest blog­ger Uroš Kostić explores the­o­ret­i­cal work on the destruc­tion of aster­oids by super­mas­sive black holes.

Blog­ger Ray Sanders has a “Guest Post” at the Plan­e­tary Soci­ety Blog. The guest posts pro­vides infor­ma­tion on how space enthu­si­asts can “Make an Impact” with Yuri’s Night 2012.

Paul Gilster takes a look at the lat­est Kepler results in light of what may be a dis­cour­ag­ing trend for those hop­ing for abun­dant ter­res­trial planets.

AstroWow asks how rain­bows reveal the chem­i­cal makeup of the Uni­verse?  The Astron­omy Word of the Week is “Fraun­hofer”!

Sarah Scoles at Smaller Ques­tions asks: “Where do the Mar­tians get their water?

At Astroblog­ger, the top­ics of the week are earth­quakes, astro­nom­i­cal align­ments and 2012 DR30 (align­ments still don’t cause earth­quakes) and the death dive of the first Kreutz comet found by the SWAN instru­ment.

The spring equinox is this week, how­ever the lengths of the day and night are not equal on the equinox. Find out why in the Venus

If string the­ory is true and uni­ver­sal infla­tion is true then tra­vers­a­ble worm­holes are pos­si­ble with­out exotic mat­ter or neg­a­tive energy. Nextbig­fu­ture takes a look at this sub­ject as well as a plan DARPA is devel­op­ing for on-demand satel­lite imag­ing for sol­diers and a sum­mary of older NASA papers on using nuclear fusion for inter­stel­lar travel.

Is Kepler get­ting close to find­ing another Earth? The Merid­ian Jour­nal probes the possibilities.

At Links Through Space fol­low there Astron­omy Club as they travel through Spain. As we travel the south of Spain we visit beau­ti­ful sites and astro­nom­i­cal land­marks to bring you very cool astropho­tos and sto­ries about the his­tory of Span­ish Astronomy.

Vin­tage Space takes a look at the ani­mals that the US shot into space before the era of Ham and Enos.

And lastly, here at Star­ryCrit­ters, explore the entire infrared mosaic in this whole sky view from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Sur­vey Explorer, WISE. Be daz­zled zoom­ing into the intense swarm of stars of Messier 9 in this image from NASA’s Hub­ble Space Telescope.

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