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Ancient Greeks, Aboriginal Australians and astronomy - Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations? Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations of stars have helped us shape our own ongoing narratives and cultures - creating meaning in the sky above that guides us in our life on the ground below.

Videos: "Space to Ground" ISS report - Aug.24.2019 Here is the latest Space to Ground report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:. ** Animation of the EVA this week on which Expedition 60 Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan of NASA installed the second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles:.

The Galaxy Report - "Most Dangerous Idea in Physics to Extraterrestrial Force Fields" Insights from The Galaxy by the world's leading scientists on physics, evolution, climate change, technology and extraterrestrial life. Incredibly Weird Dark Energy. "Dark energy is incredibly strange, but actually it makes sense to me that it went unnoticed," said Noble Prize winning physicist Adam Riess.

"Jupiter's 350-Year Mystery" - Will the James Webb Space Telescope Solve It? Following its launch on March 30, 2021, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study the enigmatic storm and build on data returned from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

DESI Naked! This weekend finds me at Bubonicon 51 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm moderating panels about space cowboys and large scale scientific surveys. If you're in town, click the link to get the details and drop by. I'd love to see you there.

Quasars, Blazars, and Active Galaxies I've not been too well, and haven't had a good chance to sit at the computer and write. So today I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things and tackle some high-energy monstrosities from outer space! To first understand what we'll be talking about, let's go over the basic parts of a galaxy:.

MU alumnus donates $1.28 million for physics and astronomy students Rangel Boain Endowment Fund will help MU students in physics and astronomy with funding professional development opportunities.

Life on alien worlds could be more diverse than on Earth Earth is the only place in the universe where we know life exists. But with billions of other star systems out there, it might not be the best place for life. In a new study, astronomers modeled the potential for life on other watery planets and found some conditions that can create oceans maximized for habitability.

Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park This year's speakers are supernova researcher William Wren, special assistant to the superintendent of the McDonald Observatory; Matthew Craig, professor of physics and astronomy at Minnesota State University, Moorhead; and Brad Nasset from the Minnesota Astronomical Society.

The Sky This Week from August 23 to September 1 Watching a waning crescent Moon perched just east of the spectacular Hyades star cluster in Taurus is just one of the treats in store for you this week. The Sun sets behind the 32-meter radio dish at the Medicina Radio Observatory in Italy.

AASWomen Newsletter for August 23, 2019 Eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Maria Patterson, JoEllen McBride, and Alessandra Aloisi 4. Girls Who Code CEO: Men Need to Be Brave in the Service of Women 5. Women in STEM college programs under attack for male discrimination 6. Berkeley FEMALE profs wear BEARDS to protest alleged gender bias 7.

A Berkeley High grad, now a professor of astronomy, discovers a new planet So we were really excited when we confirmed this discovery because the planet orbits such a bright, well-known young star." The discovery of the exo-planet prompted excitement, including this tweet from Jeff Sharlet, an associate professor of English at Dartmouth.

Mysterious black disc discovered around a black hole The Scientific Inquirer needs your support. Help us pay our contributors for their hard work. Visit our Patreon page and discover ways that you can make a difference.

LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing This has raised LightSail 2's apogee, or orbital high point around the Earth, by 7.2 kilometers-all without a drop of conventional fuel. The below chart tracks LightSail 2's apogee and perigee since 12 July 2019, and highlights the increase in apogee that began shortly after sail deployment on 23 July.

"Voyage Into the Unknown" - Quantum Time Can Co-Exist in Future and Past The work, reported in the August 22 issue of Nature Communications, is among the first to reveal the quantum properties of time, whereby the flow of time doesn't observe a straight arrow forward, but one where cause and effect can co-exist both in the forward and backward direction.

The Moon Earth's natural satellite, the Moon, is thought to have formed about 4,5 billion years ago as a result of a collision between the young Earth and an object about the size of Mars. The impact spewed out a huge amount of rocky debris, which eventually coalesced to form the Moon.

Global Exoplanet Oceans - "May Support More Active, Abundant Life than Earth" A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has.

"Overlooked" - New Theory on Rise of Oxygen That Fueled Evolution of Life "Our theory is the only one that accounts for the global impact on the production of oxygen over such a sustained period of time and explains why it was able to rise to the levels we see today, fueling the evolution of life on Earth," says William Martin at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.

A little gorgeousness for you, c/o the spiral galaxy M61 A spectacular image of M61 combines images from Hubble, VLT, and amateur observations.

Dinosaur National Monument to host astronomy festival DINOSAUR - Dinosaur National Monument will present the Dark Skies Over Dinosaur astronomy festival from Wednesday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Sept. Events include daytime and nighttime programs in both Utah and Colorado, according to a news release from the monument.

Is a $2 Billion Prize for Landing on the Moon a Good Idea? Though prize incentives can be useful for certain problems, huge cash payouts for human spaceflight are not good policy.

This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 23 - 31 - Last-quarter Moon; exactly so at 10:56 a.m. on this date. The Moon rises tonight around midnight, below the Pleiades. Accompanying the Moon will be orange Aldebaran. By the beginning of dawn on Saturday morning the 24th they stand high in the southeast, as shown here.

BioRock Luca at work aboard the International Space Station in this ESA image. ESA: Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it is off to work the microbes go. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano slides the smallest miners in the universe into the Kubik experiment container on the International Space Station.

NGC 1499: The California Nebula Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the…

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