Carnival of Space 125

October 18, 2009 — Leave a comment

I am pleased to be hosting this week’s quasquicentennial Carnival of Space –  a collection of the best space-related blog posts from the past week.

Next Big Future is thinking about better superconducting magnets that are making tests of gravitational field propulsion possible. If that theory is correct, it would enable advanced hyperdrive propulsion to be realized with large powerful superconducting magnets.

Cosmic Ray is talking about the ‘unprovoked attack on the moon’ by NASA’s LCROSS mission. There are many people out there who misunderstood LCROSS.

Centauri Dreams describes the surprising early results from the IBEX mission, which is mapping the area where the heliosphere meets the nearby interstellar medium.

Cheap Astronomy presents a podcast on its experiences with one of the world’s great cheap telescopes: the Galileoscope.

The Chandra Blog is meeting an astronomer. Carles Badens is doing some really interesting work on supernovas and their remnants.

Weirdwarp reports on Kepler, discovering exoplanets and how you can adopt a star and see your name on Google Sky.

AARTScope Blog writes about variable stars and how they are discovered, both historically and personally.

Crowlspace relays some cool papers on starships and then speculates about photons bashing into mirrors.

At Universe Today, a post that has a fun way to celebrate the IYA:  Jane Houston Jones works at JPL, but she’s also an amateur astronomer.  For IYA, she is attempting to recreate all of Galileo’s astronomical drawings by sketching her observations through a telescope similar in size to Galileo’s.

Over on Bad Astronomy, Phil has some imagery from Mars that you need to embiggen fully to enjoy. Martian landscape artwork for all to enjoy.

Artsnova has a post that is close to m heart: social networking and robotic space exploration. Lots of linkage a some wallpaper goodies too.

Commercial Space is talking about the conference season and specifically the Canadian Science Policy Conference and Space Summit.

Telescoper, Peter Coles, has a wonderful 17th Century poem about the achievements of humanity, Greatness in Little by Richard Leigh.

Simostronomy has more variable star news in an update on R Coronae Borealis – or R Cor Bor.

The Great KSSSM has a report on how amateur astronomers from all over Cumbria created a scale model of the solar system at a historic, ancient castle in Kendal, the birthplace of the astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington.

A Babe in the Universe tells all about a rocket so big you could project movies on the third stage! A showing of movie APOLLO 13 at Johnson Space Center gives us pause to remember the biggest rocket of all.

Kentucky Space has a video about how they and Nanoracks are working to make affordable and repeatable microgravity research on the International Space Station available to many more organizations.

Finally, from this very site, a picture that paints a billion words:  trying to grasp to meaning of one billion thanks to Information is Beautiful.

[Check out the full index of the Carnival of Space at Universe Today. The image in the header of this post comes from the 2009 Wellcome Image Awards for excellence in scientific imagery and art, that were announced this week.]

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