Carnival of Space #420

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an impressionistics rendition of helimagnetism, which can arise if a material's crystal structure forces the spins of itinerant electrons to precess collectively.Hello fellow Carnival goers! Welcome back to for the Carnival of Space #420! Got a blog that should be part of the Carnival? It’s easy to join, start by clicking here.

Send Yourself to Mars! Well, Send Your Name Anyway…
Pam Hoffman | Everyday Spacer

NASA is offering a series of ‘boarding passes’ and ‘frequent flier miles’ for riding along with them, virtually, on the several flights including the upcoming launch of…

The Hunt for the Smallest Supermassive Black Holes
Vivienne Baldassare | Chandra X-Ray Observatory Blog

Little is known…about the population of black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies. I study the centers of small galaxies to see how many host supermassive black holes and if those black holes interact with…

Oxymoronic Black Hole Provides Clues to Growth
Megan Watzke | Chandra X-Ray Observatory Blog

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in the center of a galaxy, as described in our latest press release. This oxymoronic object could provide clues to…

LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter
Lunar and Planetary Institute

The LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is a monthly newsletter for both formal and informal educators covering resources in…

Potential Landing Sites for Mars 2020 Rover Narrowed Down to Eight Locations
Paul Scott Anderson | Planetaria: Exploring Alien Worlds

NASA’s next Mars rover is due to launch in July or August 2020, and the number of potential landing sites has now been narrowed down by scientists to eight locations. Out of an initial list of 21 targets, eight sites have been chosen as candidate landing sites for the Mars 2020 Rover. Due to land on Mars in February 2021, the rover will search for…

Gemini Planet Imager Finds its First Exoplanet, a Methane-Rich ‘Young Jupiter’
Paul Scott Anderson | Planetaria: Exploring Alien Worlds

The Gemini Planet Imager, a new telescopic instrument designed to find, image, and study faint, young planets orbiting bright stars, has discovered its first exoplanet: a young Jupiter-like planet called 51 Eridani b which orbits the star 51 Eridani, about 100 light-years away. Thought to be similar to a younger version of Jupiter, it should help astronomers…

Cassini’s Farewell Look at Dione
David Dickinson | Universe Today

Cassini passed just 474 kilometers (295 miles) above the surface of the icy moon on Monday, August 17th at 2:33 PM EDT/18:33 UT. The flyby is the fifth and final pass of Cassini near Dione (pronounced dahy-OH-nee). The closest passage was 100 kilometers (60 miles) in December 2011. This final flyby of Dione will give researchers a chance to probe the tiny world’s internal structure, as Cassini flies through the gravitational influence of the moon. Cassini has only gathered gravity science data on…

More Evidence That Comets May Have Brought Life to Earth
Nancy Atkinson | Universe Today

The idea of panspermia — that life on Earth originated from comets or asteroids bombarding our planet — is not new. But new research may have given the theory a boost. Scientists from Japan say their experiments show that early comet impacts could have caused amino acids to change into peptides, becoming the first building blocks of life. Not only would this help explain the…

Late Summer Tales of Tanabata
David Dickinson | Universe Today

One of the surest signs that late summer is here in the northern hemisphere is the arrival of the Milky Way in the early evening sky. As darkness falls ever earlier each night, the star-dappled plane of our home galaxy sits almost due south and stretches far to the north. This is also why we refer to the triangular shaped asterism formed by the bright stars of Altair, Deneb and Vega as the Summer Triangle. Two of these stars are the focus of a fascinating mythos from the Far East, and a poetic celestial configuration that…

Spectacular Celestial Fireworks Commemorate Perihelion Passage of Rosetta’s Comet
Ken Kremer | Universe Today

A spectacular display of celestial fireworks like none ever witnessed before, burst forth from Rosetta’s comet right on time – commemorating the Europeans spacecraft’s history making perihelion passage after a year long wait of mounting excitement and breathtaking science.

As the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta marked its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) at exactly 02:03 GMT on Thursday, August 13, 2015, while orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, its suite of 11 state-of-the-art science instruments, cameras and spectrometers were trained on…

The Most Surprising Facts About the Perseid Meteor Shower
Zain Husain | Brown Space Man

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest spectacles of the year and even if you’re not into astronomy you have probably heard something about it. However, once I started digging in a little further the story got a little more interesting…

Quick facts about the Perseids Meteor Shower:

The Ultimate Fate of the Universe
Zain Husain | Brown Space Man

One question that humankind has pondered is what is the ultimate fate of the universe? It’s a question that is difficult to fathom. Imagining no more life, stars, planets, black holes or galaxies. Everything would be gone.

Well there are a few theories on how the universe will end. However, there are scientific theories that actually rival each other because it depends on whether the universe expands infinitely or not. Once the Big Bang theory came into play the question of the ultimate fate of the universe became a valid cosmological question. This all depends on…

Beautiful as always Zain!

Star Trek Renegades Episode Available and Other Star Trek TV and Online Possibilities
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

Star Trek renegades will be a continuing fan backed series and there are other Star Trek TV show possibilities

Superconducting Magnetic Space Radiation Shielding
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

Superconducting magnetic radiation shielding overview and update on work at NASA and European Union. Lighter and stronger radiation shielding will enable safe long duration missions to Mars and elsewhere

Raytheon 3D Prints 80 Percent of Guided Missile Parts and Progress on Printing Titanium Satellite and Rocket Parts
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

Missile and satellites parts can mostly be 3D printed. Titanium printed parts can be stronger than titanium produced by casting and other methods. These advances will make for cheaper and lighter systems

And so, we let you go, although, there may be last minute additions. Try back at least once before CoS #421 when Chandra X-Ray blog hosts the Carnival!

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