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Sneaky aliens bombarding Bosnian man’s house with meteorites

Since November 2007, six meteorites have hit Radivoje Lajic’s home in Gornji Lajici, Bosnia. The meteorites always careen into his home whenever it is raining. Lajici’s explanation? Angry aliens are bombarding him for some unknown slight.

via homeowner blames vengeful aliens

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Astronomy, Strange | | Comments Off on Sneaky aliens bombarding Bosnian man’s house with meteorites

Littele green men? UFO’s? Nope. Sorry. Just NASA.

A series of spooky lights above parts of the northeastern United States Saturday sparked a flurry of phone calls to authorities and television news stations.

NASA said strange lights seen in the Northeast on Saturday were caused by an experimental rocket.

CNN affiliate stations from New Jersey to Massachusetts heard from dozens of callers who reported that the lights appeared as a cone shape shining down from the sky. However, the lights were the result of an experimental rocket launch by NASA from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a spokesman told CNN.

Keith Koehler said the Black Brant XII Suborbital Sounding Rocket was launched to study the Earth’s highest clouds. The light came from an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage about 173 miles high.

via  CNN.com.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, UFO | , , | 1 Comment

God is blowing bubbles

Called the Bubble Nebula, this eerie, translucent sphere is created by fierce winds from a superhot star 40 times the size of our sun. Moving at nearly 4.5 million miles per hour, stellar winds whip the cloud of gas around the star into a near-perfect bubble, which stands out from the rest of the more stationary gas in this emission nebula.

More via  Wired Science | Wired.com.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, cool stuff, Great Pictures | Comments Off on God is blowing bubbles

Crescent Earth from the moon, 1967 NASA photo

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July 15, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, cool stuff | , | Comments Off on Crescent Earth from the moon, 1967 NASA photo

Did you miss it?

Get ready. Tomorrow, July 9 in the wee hours of the morning, and if you look at your clock at the right time,  it will be 04:05:06 on 07/08/09. Don’t be too sad if you miss it though. In September you’ll have another chance at 09:09:09 on 09/09/09.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, cool stuff, Fun stuff | Comments Off on Did you miss it?

Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

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Spirit remains stationary on the west side of Home Plate in the location called “Troy”. The rover continues to be busy with an ambitious observation campaign employing both remote sensing and in-situ (contact) science with the robotic arm (instrument deployment device, IDD).

The soil disturbed by the rover’s embedding has been the subject of extensive science investigation. Five out of the past seven sols have involved using the instruments on the end of the robotic arm to collect images and composition spectra of five distinct targets.

More via Spirit Undertaking More Soil Investigation.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, NASA, Robots, space | , | Comments Off on Not bad for a machine with a 90 day warranty

Warp 5, Mr. Sulu. Spock Wants to go home.

The fictional home planet of Star Trek’s Mr Spock may really exist.

A powerful telescope found rocky worlds around the star, Epsilon Eridani, which Spock’s planet Vulcan orbits in the TV show.

via Ananova – Spock’s planet may exist

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, cool stuff, space | Comments Off on Warp 5, Mr. Sulu. Spock Wants to go home.

Psst! That bright object in the sky? It’s the moon…

The tanscript of the call is at Metro.co.uk

Clever police have solved a man’s bright object in the sky mystery. They discovered it was the moon.

South Wales Police were dispatched to a 999 emergency reporting a “bright stationary object” above a caller’s house.

[The] Officer today released the recording of the astonishing emergency call. But…have not revealed the identity of the dim-witted caller except to say he was from the South Wales Valleys.

July 6, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off on Psst! That bright object in the sky? It’s the moon…

Dung beats out meteorite at auction

dung sells – Yahoo! News

(The image is of the meteor,  not the dung.)


Some dinosaur dung was snapped up at auction in New York even as a 4.5 billion year old meteorite which was supposed to top the sale went unsold. The two chunks of 130-million-year-old coprolite, otherwise known as fossilized dinosaur dung, fetched $960 (482 pounds) at Bonhams in New York on Wednesday, the auction house said.

The Jurassic-era rocks were sold for more than double their maximum estimate, said spokeswoman Staci Smith.

A 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, on which a Chinese desert hiker habitually ate lunch before he discovered it was valuable, failed to meet the minimum reserve however. Bonhams had expected the space rock to sell for $2.25 million to $2.75 million.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, People | , , , | Comments Off on Dung beats out meteorite at auction

What’s unusual about this picture?


The picture is Jupiter, of course, but the unusual thing about it is that it was taken from Mars by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


February 16, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy | Comments Off on What’s unusual about this picture?

This solar eclipse is for the birds…Penguins, that is


On Feb. 7 the sun will undergo an eclipse that few will see. It will be an annular eclipse, a “penny on nickel” effect in which the moon will be too small to completely cover the disk of the sun.

The result will be the sun mimicking a blazing ring of fire — hence the term “annular,” derived from the Latin anularis which means “ring.” It will certainly be an unusual and spectacular sight, but only a very few people (and perhaps some penguins) will see it.

The region of visibility, if you haven’t already guessed, is Antarctica, the only continent in the world with no permanent or indigenous human inhabitants.

February 7, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy | Comments Off on This solar eclipse is for the birds…Penguins, that is

Flash: Moon made of beans, not green cheese

Changes in the brightness and color over small areas of the moon’s surface, known as Transient Lunar Phenomena, or TLP, have been observed telescopically for hundreds of years. The optical flashes have been seen by skywatchers but rarely photographed.

“People over the years have attributed TLPs to all sorts of effects: turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere, visual physiological effects, atmospheric smearing of light like a prism, and even psychological effects like hysteria or planted suggestion,” said Columbia University researcher Arlin Crotts.

Using data from decades-old observations, Crotts and colleagues have now found a strong correlation between TLP sightings and regions where lunar orbiting spacecraft have detected gas leaking out from beneath the lunar surface.


Could this gas be used as a fuel surce for a lunar colony? Small problem: we need oxygen to burn the gas.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | Astronomy | Comments Off on Flash: Moon made of beans, not green cheese

Keep your head down on July 3

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon’s average distance from Earth.

Astronomers will attempt to get a more accurate assessment of the asteroid’s size by “pinging” it with radar.

And skywatchers with good telescopes and some experience just might be able to get a glimpse of this cosmic rock as it streaks rapidly past our planet in the wee hours Monday. The closest approach occurs late Sunday for U.S. West Coast skywatchers.


June 26, 2006 Posted by | Astronomy, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep your head down on July 3

New White Dwarf


white dwarf

Like a butterfly, a white dwarf star begins its life by casting off the cocoon that enclosed it.In the cocoon-like structure above, the planetary nebula designated NGC 2440, contains one of the hottest white dwarfs known to scientists. The white dwarf can be seen as the bright dot near the photo's center. Our sun eventually will become a "white dwarf butterfly," but not for another 5 billion years.



June 7, 2006 Posted by | Astronomy, Great Pictures | Comments Off on New White Dwarf