Category Archives: Astrolinks

Astrolinks for January 24th, 2014


Your daily dose of astronomy-related links and news from around the web:

  • The first results from studies of the data and “cracking” photos sent back from the Rosetta mission are coming in.
  • Astronomers at the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics have discovered a quasar with a “dimmer switch.”
  • The build up to NASA’s New Horizon’s long anticipated rendezvous with Pluto begins this weekend when the spacecraft takes its first photographs of the dwarf planet.
  • 2004 BL8, a 550m-wide asteroid will flyby Earth (at a very safe distance) on Monday. The next visit from an asteroid this large won’t happen until 2027.
  • Interesting article on how we came to recognize the Sun as the center of our Solar System.

Astrolinks for January 21st, 2014


Your daily dose of astronomy-related links and news from around the web:

  • NASA releases the largest photo ever of the Andromeda Galaxy, weighing in at over 1.5 billion pixels.
  • A rare and valuable 250-year-old ‘atlas of the stars’ by celebrated British astronomer John Bevis has been found in a dusty store cupboard at Manchester University.
  • If you still believe Pluto should be considered a planet, the New York Times is asking for suggestions for a new mnemonic that includes all of the major and minor planets so far discovered.
  • NASA has just released its 2015 edition of Spinoff Magazine documenting examples of spinoffs from the space program that are benefiting people here on Earth.
  • The ESA has just released a new video stressing the importance of going back to the Moon and establishing a permanent presence there.

Astrolinks for January 20th, 2014

Your daily dose of astronomy-related links and news from around the web:

  • As NASA spacecraft Dawn closes in on Ceres, it begins sending back new images of the dwarf planet.
  • Sky and Telescope maps out the future of the hunt for exoplanets in the afterglow of the Kepler Mission’s success.
  • Corporate giants Google and Fidelity Investments give Elon Musk’s SpaceX company a huge vote of confidence by investing a cool $1 billion in the venture.
  • Looking to spend a little more time in bed while getting paid handsomely for doing so? Look no further than NASA’s 70-day study to test the effectiveness of exercise on loss of muscle, bone and cardiovascular function.
  • The European Space Agency will be hosting a workshop to explore innovative solutions for clearing up the ever-increasing space junk and debris in low Earth orbit.

Astrolinks for January 19th, 2014

Your daily dose of astronomy-related links and news from around the web:

  • Two planets larger than Earth could be lurking in the outer region of the Solar System according to two new studies published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Is crowdfunding a viable option for paying for astronomical research?
  • The British long-thought-lost Beagle 2 lander has been found intact on the surface of Mars.
  • Kepler discovers an Earth-sized planet that could be just the right temperature for liquid water to exist on its surface.
  • Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, has launched a new educational video series called Crash Course Astronomy.