Category Archive: News

Feb 14

Stardust and Comet Tempel

A bonus round is something one usually associates with the likes of a TV game show, not a pioneering deep space mission. “We are definitely in the bonus round,” said Stardust-NExT Project Manager Tim Larson of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “This spacecraft has already flown by an asteroid and a comet, returned …

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Jan 17

ASTEROID FLYBY

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 AN52 is flying past Earth today just inside the orbit of the Moon (0.8 LD). The space rock is only 8 meters wide, about the size of a small room, so even experienced amateur astronomers will have trouble photographing it as it zips through the northern constellations Draco and Cygnus glowing like …

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Jan 12

NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid

How cool is this? This 36-frame video, from NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar, depicts the rotation of asteroid JL33 – an irregular, elongated object roughly 1.8 kilometers (1.1) miles wide.

Jan 04

John Dobson Interview

Here is an interview with John Dobson popularize of the widely-used Dobsonian telescope design that now bears his name. Our club has an heritage with John and the Vivekananda Monastery.

Dec 17

Arthur C Clarke predicting the future in 1964

Arthur C Clarke What an amazing outlook on the future! did you KNOW: Clarke’s most important scientific contribution may be his idea that geostationary satellites would be ideal telecommunications relays. He described this concept in a paper titled Extra-Terrestrial Relays — Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?, published in Wireless World in October 1945. …

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