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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