Category: Carnival of Space

Carnival of Space #201

Wel­come to the 201st gath­er­ing of best space news on the web; some­thing we call the Car­ni­val of Space. If you’re new, please take a look at past Car­ni­vals. If you like what you see and want to par­tic­i­pate by con­tribut­ing or host­ing, let us know.

Par­tial Lunar eclipse as seen from Ade­laide at 21:30 pm, 26 June 2010. 4″ New­ton­ian Reflec­tor, 20 mm Plossl eye­piece and Canon IXUS 100 IS (400 ASA, 1/15 exposure)

June has been a spec­tac­u­lar month for astron­omy and space. Most of the world, except for North Amer­ica, will wit­ness the best total lunar eclipse since 2007. Vega 0.0 guides begin­ners (in Span­ish) in view­ing this astro­nom­i­cal event on the 15th. Unless you’re in Aus­tralia, in which case the eclipse occurs on the 16th. Astroblog­ger Ian Mus­grave also gives tim­ings and observ­ing tips. While Urban Astronomer is gaz­ing at the Moon this month, he may be using lunar occul­ta­tion to turn the Moon into a tele­scope. You can too. Astroswanny live blogs a tran­sit on KOI 256b. Did you know there were as many as 8 of the Kepler objects of inter­est tran­sit­ing every hour!!!

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Carnival of Space #180

Wel­come, wel­come to the Web’s 180th spec­tac­u­lar Car­ni­val of Space. You say you don’t know what this car­ni­val is all about? Hosted by our illus­tri­ous ring-leader, Fraser Cain, you can head over to the Car­ni­val home­page for the full details and archive.

Artist's impression of the red dwarf star CHRX 73 A and its companion object CHRX 73 B. The companion object is around 12 Jupiter masses, and may either be a planet or a brown dwarf. (Image credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI))

Artist’s impres­sion of the red dwarf star CHRX 73 A and its com­pan­ion object CHRX 73 B. (Image credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI))

My God it’s full of stars! Three times more stars by astronomers’ count accord­ing to Brian Wang at Next Big Future. A bet­ter count of red dwarf stars finds 20 times more in ellip­ti­cal galax­ies. That boosts the esti­mates for the num­ber of stars in the uni­verse to 300 sex­til­lion. Astronotes calls red dwarfs the most impor­tant stars in the universe.

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Carnival of Space #171

Wel­come to the 171st install­ment of spacey enjoy­ment; some­thing we like to call the Car­ni­val of Space. Pull back the tent flap and come on in. Theres more good­ness on the inside.

Oileán Ruaidh – most beautiful Barsoomian meteorite yet

Oileán Ruaidh

You know its always hard to know where to start when there is so much inter­est­ing news. Theres been a lot of talk about mete­orites on Earth and near-Earth objects this week. But you may not have heard of Oileán Ruaidh. The Road to Endeav­our calls it the most beau­ti­ful Bar­soo­mian mete­orite ever.

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Carnival of Space #149

Step right up; no need to crowd. Be one of the first to revel in all the strange and won­drous sights the uni­verse has to offer. For you, my friends, are about to expe­ri­ence the best astro news gath­ered from Earth’s inter­net, with a com­plete archive here.

If this is your first time at Star­ryCrit­ters, wel­come! Stick around for awhile and explore the uni­verse. Share with us what you see in the night sky. If you host a sci­ence or astronomy-related blog, you can take the big hat by host­ing the Car­ni­val of Space. Just write to our gra­cious host Fraser Cain of Uni­ver­se­To­day at info [at] uni­ver­se­to­day [dot] com. It’s a great way to par­tic­i­pate in a grow­ing com­mu­nity, and reach a wider audi­ence with your writing.

Now, right this way into the Car­ni­val of Space #149.

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Carnival of Space #142

Every­one should wan­der over to the Car­ni­val of Space #142 this week. Starry Crit­ters dives into the new Hub­ble, Spitzer, and GALEX image of inter­act­ing galax­ies that make up Hick­son Com­pact Group 31.


The ancient peo­ples saw pic­tures in the sky. From those pat­terns in the heav­ens, ancient sto­ry­tellers cre­ated leg­ends about heroes, maid­ens, drag­ons, bears, cen­taurs, dogs and myth­i­cal crea­tures…
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