Night Sky Calendar - Northern Hemisphere
November 2009
Celestial Object

02 - Full Moon at 19:14 UT
05 - Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. Active between 25 Sept and 25 Nov.
000 Associated with Comet 2P/Encke.
09 - Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.3.
12 - Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
17 - Leonid meteor shower peaks at 9h UT. Arises from debris ejected by
000 Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Expect about 25 to 30 meteors per hour under
000 dark skies. Predictions of enhanced activity between 21-22h UT on 17 Nov
000 (favours sky watchers in Asia).
21 - Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower peaks at 15:25 UT. A usually minor
000 shower active 15-25 Nov. Radiant is near Procyon. Predictions of enhanced
000 activity this year. Timing favours Far East Asia, Australia and across the
000 Pacific to Alaska.
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The photo was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and shows a detail of the nebula. This close-up shows a dense cloud of dust and gas, a stellar nursery full of embryonic stars. This cloud is about 8 light-years away from the nebula's central star, not shown in this picture. Located in Sagitarius, the nebula's name means "divided into three lobes".


Thursday, April 06, 2006

 Planets Forming Region Around A Dead Star Found by Spitzer 

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that planets might rise up out of a dead star's ashes. The infrared telescope surveyed the scene around a pulsar, the remnant of an exploded star, and found a surrounding disk made up of debris shot out during the star's death throes. The dusty rubble in this disk might ultimately stick together to form planets. This is the first time scientists have detected planet-building materials around a star that died in a fiery blast.

The pulsar observed by Spitzer, named 4U 0142+61, is 13,000 light-years
away in the Cassiopeia constellation. It was once a large, bright star
with a mass between 10 and 20 times that of our sun. The star probably
survived for about 10 million years, until it collapsed under its own
weight about 100,000 years ago and blasted apart in a supernova explosion.

Source: Spitzer News Release

Posted @ 12:17 PM by kinzi


Sunday, April 02, 2006

 NASA Releases New Maps of Jupiter 

The US space agency (Nasa) has released the most detailed colour maps of the planet Jupiter ever produced. The stunning maps were pieced together by researchers from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it approached Jupiter on 11 and 12 December 2000.

Raw images exist in only two colours so the maps were coloured to show how Jupiter would appear to the naked eye.They consist of one cylindrical map of the planet along with north and south polar maps of Jupiter.

The maps were created from 36 frames captured by Cassini as it passed the giant planet on a gravity assist manoeuvre to get it to Saturn. Cassini arrived in Saturn orbit on 1 July 2004.

News Source: BBC

Posted @ 5:21 PM by kinzi



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