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February 25, 2012

Carnival of Space 238

1. Cosmic Log at MSNBC - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory gets a great look at a partial solar eclipse from outer space, which serves as a preview for the sights we'll see on Earth later this year.






2. Cosmic Log at MSNBC - Geologists see signs that seismic shocks as powerful as magnitude-7 quakes on Earth have rumbled on the Red Planet recently, and such "marsquakes" could be a good thing for the search for life on Mars.

3. Cosmic Log at MSNBC - A rocket experiment samples the stuff of the northern lights, adding some scientific substance to the great auroral views we've been getting from Earth and space.

4. The Merdiani Journal - 35 years later, the ‘Wow!’ signal still tantalizes (blog summary linking to my Universe Today article)

5. TheSpacewriter looks at Supernova 1987a on the 25th anniversary of the event.

6. The Astronomy Word of the Week is Constellation!

7. Vintage Space -John Glenn is certainly a hero, but as far as nabbing the first orbital flight, he was in the right place at the right time. A look at Glenn before he flew in space, and how he ended up with the prized mission.

8. Vintage Space - Three days after John Glenn's orbital flight, he ate some month-old cake in the shape of his Friendship 7 capsule. This is its story, in brief.

9. Star Critters - Space looks like a dark, empty place. But the farther we peer deep into the far-flung cosmos we see all sorts of galaxies as in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.



10. Armagh Planet - Sir Frederick William Herschel is one of the most well-known and highly regarded historical astronomers but many may not know or realise there was more to his genius than his passion for astronomy. So it seems a closer look is required to try and map out the life of such a notable historical figure.

11. Nextbigfuture - US Air Force Energy Horizons report also looks at nuclear and solar power advances for space systems

12. Nextbigfuture - Stanford looks at the 100,000 nomad planets per star

13. The Venus Transit - Observing sunspots at different hours of the day will show us that the Earth rotate around its axis

14. Astroblogger - A Neptune sized world with an atompshere that's 50% steam, yet another weird world to add to the others. There's a Celestia file as well

15. CheapAstro has a podcast about what the Large Hadron Collider might add to our understanding of the first three minutes after the Big Bang.

16. Linksthroughspace - Venus2012. It's phases, June 5-6 transit and whereabouts. Follow us as we explore Venus our sister planet. Here we have Part 2 of Venus2012: It's phases, transit, whereabouts.

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