The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
Blog 53: Diamond brooches
Joe Bauman
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June
2018

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  1. Blog 56: Serenity and chaos
    17 Jul, 2018
    Blog 56: Serenity and chaos
    Sunday night presented one of those astronomical alignments that can soothe the mind: Venus and the Moon were nearly cuddling, about one degree apart. [Telephoto view of Venus and the Moon by Richard Garrard of the Utah Astronomy Club, about 9:30 p.m., June 15, 2018. This exposure was made to show the part of the moon illuminated by Earthshine.] Cory and I were out to shop and walk in the park. We first noticed the lovely conjunction as we prepared to enter a supermarket at bright twilight,
  2. Blog 55: Visiting the Eagle Nebula with friends
    07 Jul, 2018
    Blog 55: Visiting the Eagle Nebula with friends
    We had just called on a globular star cluster and Paul Ricketts wondered where our next adventure should take place. Knowing he likes nebulas, I suggested that we try to photograph one. He chose a complex, sprawling, breathtaking example in the summer sky, the Eagle Nebula. Ricketts ordered the University of Utah’s great 32-inch-diameter telescope to slew toward the nebula, technically named Messier 16 (M16), and the instrument began to shift position. This was Saturday night, June 30. A few
  3. Blog 54: TESS is flying!
    27 Jun, 2018
    Blog 54: TESS is flying!
    NASA’s new planet hunting satellite, TESS, has entered its planned orbit, says a Utah native who is a member of the science team analyzing data to discover planets beyond the solar system -- and the last he checked it was "operating properly.” The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, FL, on April 18. It looped through a unique program of complex orbits, taking it around the Earth three times and past Moon before settling into a stable orbit that
  4. Blog 52: Life on Mars?
    07 Jun, 2018
    Blog 52: Life on Mars?
    Who hasn't read books or seen movies in which Martian organisms play a critical role? We could enumerate dozens of space operas, pulp fiction books and sci-fi films. From the clothing-challenged but beautiful Deja Thoris in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 novel A Princess of Mars to the movies Mars Attacks! and Total Recall, a favorite locale for fictional alien life is the fourth planet. The narratives get pretty ridiculous. But today, Martian aliens may be verging on reality, if only life in