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Breaking News: Astronomically Speaking

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Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:45 am Unread post
FC, HE, Shi, BB30 ... glad you appreciated an unusual alignment! The night skies often have spectacular sightings, so I'll keep everyone informed on a regular basis as they happen.

Just go to my Beginner's Stargazing Quiz, where I'll dish out regular updates! Some of you might even be able to attempt a few questions too? :dance: :dance:
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Re: Breaking News: PLANETARY ALIGNMENT

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Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:47 am Unread post
Fatcat, please note that the Mars 27th August 2010 "phenomenon" is unfortunately a hoax!

Here is more info on this false phenomenon ...
HOAX AS TO SIZE OF MARS ON AUGUST 27th


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Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:21 pm Unread post
Awww no... :( , but thanks for letting me know OWN :thumbs_up:


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Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:30 pm Unread post
:thumbs_up: No probs, Fatcat. But, I'll keep you all informed on my Beginner's Stargazing Quiz on a regular basis as to what is happening with main astronomical events over the course of the year.


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Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:32 pm Unread post
BTW, everybody, the planetary alignment as per yesterday is still in evidence. Only, the moon has moved higher and away from Venus and Mars (which are very close together now).
A good time to view the planets is just before it gets dark - the sky still a little light - as the planets tend to come out before any major stars in the area!

Happy viewing ... :dance: :dance:


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Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:00 pm Unread post
Thanks OWN, have just been out again to have a look, amazing how the positioning has changed since last night.

Also just saw a shooting star go past the heart of Scorpius! :dance: :cam:


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Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:17 pm Unread post
Here in Knysna it is wonderful - The moon and Venus look gorgeous :thumbs_up:

There seemed to a be a very high tide last night? Or maybe I was imagining it?

JJ


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Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:42 am Unread post
Siobain, must be a sign that shooting star through the heart. :wink: Excellent that you took the time to seek the arrangement of planets. So easy now to find these four planets, in contrast to Mercury and Saturn sometimes being a bit more difficult to locate. :dance: :dance:

JJ, did the water come into your bedroom? :twisted: But, glad you're having such a clear time of it there in Knysna. :thumbs_up:


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Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:11 pm Unread post
Siobain wrote
Also just saw a shooting star go past the heart of Scorpius!
, I was about to make a usuall quip and realised,
not the right time and place for that., yes Siobain the evening sky is
alive with wonders., though it seems Scorpius was a character of,..
well controversy??!


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Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:32 am Unread post
HE, I am dealing with Scorpius at the moment on my Beginner's Stargazing Quiz. Please do tell a little more on the controversy on that thread! :pray: :pray:


NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:28 am Unread post
Some here is sure to find this interesting! I'd like to see the content of that press release...

NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2

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WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at http://www.nasa.gov.

Participants are:
- Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
- Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
- James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe

Media representatives may attend the conference or ask questions by phone or from participating NASA locations. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov or call 202-358-0918 by noon Dec. 2.

For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information, visit:


http://www.nasa.gov/ntv



For more information about NASA astrobiology activities, visit:


http://astrobiology.nasa.gov


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Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:53 am Unread post
I think its going to be something worth listening too! :hmz: wonder what its about :hmz: :thumbs_up:


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Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:53 am Unread post
It proved to be a false alarm. NASA did not discover life in outer space, but has discovered a micro-organism in a lake in California, which lives on arsenic. These findings are proof that living organisms can survive on poisonous chemicals, and the possibility is there, that such organisms may exist in outer space.


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Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:57 am Unread post
Very exciting stuff :dance: :dance: I posted a article on it from Scientific America in the Great Quiz Chat HERE


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Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:58 pm Unread post
Oh no, as Rooies said...a false alarm!! :( :(

I thought they had taken photos of little green men at least! :whistle: :hmz:
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