Carnival of Space No. 60

By Michael on June 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm | In Blog Posts, Contributors | 6 Comments

Hear ye, hear ye! Assembled here is the official Carnival of Space No. 60 wherein the written assemblage of the musings of many eminent natural philosophers are here provided for your amusement and betterment.

In order of receipt by yours truly and in the own very words of the author, notwithstanding some minor editorial discretion, here, then, are the proceedings:

From Slacker Astronomy:

Hi Michael,

Here you go – hot off the keyboard! :)

Regulus – Just when you think you know a star


From astroENGINE:

Hi Fraser,

My entry:
Title: “No Doomsday in 2012: The Reason Why Science Will Not Win

Just a brief discussion about the recent 2012 articles and why science is fighting a loosing battle against the scaremongers :-)

Cheers, Ian

From 21st Century Waves:

Hi Fraser,
Here’s a post: State of the Wave, Friday 6/20/08

I hereby officially volunteer to host the Carnival.

Best regards…
Bruce Cordell

From Centauri Dreams:

Hi Fraser,

I’ll send “Alpha Centauri and the Long Haul“:

This one is a look at projects in human history that have involved lengthy time spans, with relation to interstellar concepts like the Ultimate Project, a multi-generational starship that might take 10,000 years to reach its destination. The idea of long-term thinking in a short-term culture is explored.

All best,


From Music of the Spheres:

GeoEye-1 and TMA Notes

Music of the Spheres looks at the soon-to-launch commercial Earth-imaging satellite GeoEye-1 and at some details of its high-resolution optics.

From Free Space:

humm …

how ’bout this for this week: Metaphysically Speaking

Congress may force NASA to fly a canceled dark matter experiment, but it’ll have to be without a rescue shuttle available.



From Start With A Bang!:

The Moon looks huge!!
Because who doesn’t love the moon, really?

From Space Feeds:

This week’s space video of the week is the 1997 sci-fi/fantasy film The Fifth Element.

Space Video of the Day – 080623


From Nextbigfuture:

Article Title: The Space elevator games and the lunar lander contest preview for 2008

Summary: The Space elevator power beaming (climber) competition is on Sept 27, 2008 and the lunar lander contest is Oct 24, 25 2008. The main focus is on the space elevator climber teams and the progress towards a tether.

Brian Wang

From Orbiting Frog:


Crikey, the sixtieth must be coming up!

My entry this week would have to be the ‘Font Sizes of the Planets


From Cumbrian Sky:


I’d like to submit this Blog post for your consideration for this week’s Carnival, please.

Title of Post: “The future’s not orange, it’s ICY…

Summary: As exciting and important as it was, contrary to what many media reports have claimed, Phoenix’s spotting of ice on Mars wasn’t actually a “discovery” – ice had been seen on Mars by other probes over the years. But while the celebrations got into full swing in Arizona, NASA quietly released another “icy image” that received almost no attention at all, yet illustrated something possibly even more profound, giving us a tantalising glimpse into the future of space exploration and Mankind…

Stuart Atkinson

From Dynamics of Cats:

Holy Vanishing Crumbs, Phoenix!
yet another entry on Phoenix lander stuff

From A Babe in the Universe:

Aloha Carnival!
Endeavour returned to Earth June 14 with some spectacular photos from the Space Station.
Photos From STS-124

Mission STS-124 successfully installed the Japanese Kibo module. Human figures work on the Station in the ultimate high-rise project. We see the Shuttle docked at the Station, and a view of a place an earlier Endeavour once charted.

Thank you for hosting this week’s Carnival.

From: Tyler at The Planetary Society:

Hi there,
Here’s my latest astronomy blog posting for the Carnival of Space.

Stop 14: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

This one talks about light pollution and astronomy outreach within the national parks.


From the weblog of Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center:

Would you like to swing ’round a star?

– Rosa Williams

From Jeff Gortatowsky:

Star Party season…Or also know as fire season here in California. However being optimistic, it is star party season in the northern hemisphere. Coming up next week are two big star parties in northern California. The Golden State Star Party (GSSP) and the Shingletown Star Party (SSP). Both are held in an area that is one of of the darkest yet still accessible areas of the state. GSSP is currently booked up. SSP however still has room and day/night passes are available at the gate.

(Editor’s Note: It appears that SSP is “postponed until at least the end of August 2008″, according to their web site.)

From Astroblog:


Title of Post: The Odyssey and the Celestial Clock

Brief summary: Has the date of homers Odyssey been found using the patterns of planets in the sky?

Cheers! Ian

From Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society Weblog:

Hi there,

This week I’ll change things up and suggest you link to my weekly “What’s up” post, highlighting the current activities of all 20 of the active planetary space probes in and beyond the solar system. For the curious, that list includes: MESSENGER, Venus Express, Chang’e 1, Kaguya, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix, 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Rosetta, Stardust, Dawn, Deep Impact, Hayabusa, Genesis, Cassini, New Horizons, and Voyager 1 and 2.

Happy Mars solstice! (And Earth, too.)

What’s up in the solar system for the week of June 23


From Catholic Sensibility:

Hi Fraser,

If it’s not too late, here’s my entry for the carnival:

Satellite Imagination 1.6: Meet The Louisians

Cheers to all at UT


From goodSchist:

Hopefully this isn’t too late:

The importance of being Ivuna


From Twisted Physics

This is a neat one with great discussion – Sean Caroll over at Cosmic Variance vetted the scientific points Jennifer discusses:

Devourer of Worlds


From Beth Katz:

Hanny’s Voorwerp is an intriguing green blob that looks very much like “The Incredible Hulk”. You, too, can explore the Galaxy Zoo.

A little closer to home, aurora watchers have been forlornly hoping that the sun will get past its solar minimum and get some sunspots. In January 2008, NASA reported that Solar Cycle 24 had started. It seems that there has been little activity since then unless you count Tiny Tims. But the STEREO spacecraft caught stereo images of twisting solar jets. Those spacecraft have some amazing images. Maybe by the time the Solar Cycle 24 Conference rolls around in December we’ll see a few more spots.

Too many clouds? Test your knowledge of lunar phases with the lunar cycle matching phase game or these lunar phase activities.

UPDATE Oh noes! I forgot one!

Did I break some rule or offend the Gods?

I sent a blog to Fraser and one to you. You said you’d pick.
Did they both suck or what?

Mike Simonsen
Development Director
American Association of Variable Star Observers


From Simostronomy:

Hey Michael,

You may have received an entry for me for the carnival, but you might consider this one in its place.

What Are Variable Stars?

Mike Simonsen
Development Director
American Association of Variable Star Observers

Many thanks to the hard work and good thinking of our submitters. It’s a lot of great reading for us to digest. I’ve never hosted a carnival before so I probably did it wrong. Please be kind to my mistakes. Authors, let me know if I made any errors or omissions with your submission and I will promptly correct.

Wanna join the Carnival of Space? Just send the URL of your entry via electronic Internet email message to

Cheers, beers and clear skies,


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