Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 The Carnival of Space #135

Happy New Year to all! Have you broken your New Years resolution yet? My resolution for 2010 is to keep breathing and I just couldn't live with my self if I broke it... It is my honor to host the very first Carnival of Space for 2010. If the blogs sent in are any indication of what is to come this year, we are in store for a great time. A carnival is a collection of blogs from all over the internet that you can find in just one site. We have a lot of entries for the carnival and every one of them has something good to offer. Let the carnival begin!

Once in a Blue Moon we get to see a lunar eclipse. Now that statement is true on so many levels and if you take a stroll over to Cumbrian sky you can see why. Stuart Atkinson wants to share a partial lunar eclipse with us on the eve of a New Year from his perch in the United Kingdom. For those of us that are clueless as to what a Blue Moon is exactly, It is the second full moon within a month. December had a full Moon on the 2nd and again on the 31st.

Stuart was not the only one taking a peek at that lunar eclipse. On the other side of the world in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Teoh Hui Chieh was also taking some snapshots of this wonderful event. Wander over to My Dark sky for a look at some great pictures. Please make sure you click the moon for a nice composite shot.

Speaking of moons, we have a fascinating look at the chemical composition of Io. If you are a geologist or just like volcanoes in general there is probably no better place to be than Io. Io is Jupiter's little hot head moon and volcanoes abound there. With the help of the Galileo spacecraft some sense is being made of the data and we now are closer to knowing what it is that Io is made of. Head on over and see Jason Perry at the Gish Bar Times for the details.

So far the moons seem to out number us here at the Carnival this week and t
o prove it we have Paul Scott Anderson giving us a tease about the Titan Mare Explorer. Wow! Life on Titan. That will be something if we find that. Right this way to Planetaria

I think we need to get away from the moon thing and there is no one better qualified
than the always entertaining Phil Plait. His Bad Astronomy blog contemplates the timeless question, which is warmer the Sun or a human. Now I know this seems like an easy question to answer. but there is a truth about scientists and accountants you need to remember and that is If you give a set of numbers to any one of the two they can pretty much make it add up to what ever they want. As Paris Hilton would say: Some people are hotter than others. That's right I somehow got Paris in a science blog. Who would have bet that would happen? Get right over to Bad Astronomy and find out the Real answer.

21st Century Waves waxes about lessons learned from the Panama canal and how they relate to human space trav
el. Dr. Bruce Cordell has 10 lessons from which to learn from. There are some fine parallels to be gleaned.

Senior Editor Nancy Atkinson of Universe Today has a resolution for 2010; That is to find the wreck of the Mars Polar Lander. If you have conquered Where's Waldo and you think Eye spy is a piece of cake then you might want to take this task on. There are high resolution images for you to scour as well as instructions as to how and what to look for. Lost for 10 years is long enough. Wander on over to Universe Today and get your search on. As for me? I can't even find my car keys when I need them.

I always thought I was into the whole Sunspot thing until I read about the Spacewriter's Dad Now that guy is into the whole solar thing from plotting minimums to maximums and drawing all not some of the sun spots for 11 years straight. I am officially unworthy to carry that man's solar scope. You need to read this story about a remarkable man and his passion for the Sun. This way if you please to the Spacewriter


Time draws near for the end of the shuttle missions with just 5 left and all to be flown this year. What better way to celebrate a successful program of 134 missions than with a patch created by one of NASA's own. From the Desk of Collect Space we can see the 85 entries for this last mission patch. The entries vary from High Tech productions to Crayon and everything in between. Picking the 15 finalists will be a daunting task. Walk on over to Collect Space and take it all in. This is a great piece about a great group of folks.

Over at MSNBC Science editor Alan Boyle has a real basket of goodies for you to peruse. They range from the ballet of Saturn's moons which is mesmerizing to say the least to views of Enceladus and its water
ice geysers spewing into space. I have to say the picture of the flying yam Prometheus looks good enough to eat. Swing on over to the MSNBC Cosmic Log and get treated to some great stuff. Are you just on pins and needles waiting to learn Na'vi? Alan has some great advice on how to go about it. Get the full scoop Here

WETA / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. In the film "Avatar," Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) teaches the Na'vi language to Jake
(Sam Worthington), a "dreamwalker" who is mind-linked to a human controller
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Have we found Dark matter? well something is going on in the disused iron mine in Minnesota Brian Wang takes a look at the possible detection of Dark matter and if this is the real deal we have just taken a huge step forward. Go on over to Next Big Future and see what is cooking and if you like that blog piece then take a peak at this one. This is about a thruster that just might be the ticket for trips to Mars. Run over here and check out Next big Future


Last year was a great year for the world of astronomy. The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) was in full swing from day one of 2009. I started my blog in 2009 thanks to IYA and the many good people here in Cincinnati that nudged me in that direction. Well Way Down under Steve Nerlich of the ever popular Cheap Astronomy was starting the podcast game. He is a hoot to listen to. This week's offering is dedicated to his efforts in 2009, IYA and his name dropping abilities! You go Steve! By all means make your way to Cheap Astronomy and listen in!

Las
t but not least, Steve's Astro-corner serves up the International Year of Astronomy in review. I could not possibly mention every event that went on. That would be a novel sized post. I did try to hit some high points. I hope you got a chance to take a look up in the heavens this past year. I am ready for 2010 to begin and carry the momentum of IYA forward and into the future. Thanks for stopping by. Until next week... Oh by the way thanks Galileo you got us really rolling 400 years ago!

Clear skies and great seeing too!


SteveT

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