If there’s one man who’s become the name and face of manned space exploration, it’s Neil Armstrong … Famously, he was heard across the world, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The man whose footsteps brought our species on the moon has passed away today.
The Mars Science Laboratory – Curiosity – is set to land at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). Thats, um, today. This may be the most terrifying landing ever attempted on another planet, and we’re going to be bringing you all the details here on CosmoQuest. Starting at at 8pm Pacific (11pm Eastern, all times here) will be doing a live Google Hangout on Air hosted by Fraser Cain of Universe Today. Check it all out (and RSVP) [...]
This week’s Weekly Science Hour features a discussion with Space Historian Andrew Chaikin. During this one hour live event, host Pamela L. Gay will talk to Andrew about how people have dreamed about future space exploration and how these dreams are changing. Tune in at Wednesday June 13 at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern on the CosmoQuest Hangout Page. Chaikin was himself inspired in by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury as a high school student, and later had the privilege of working [...]
Astronomers are a determined bunch—especially the amateurs. In pursuit of dark, starry skies–and possibly the best view ever of the Whirlpool Galaxy–they drive for miles to escape city lights. They endure cold, hunger, and the occasional wild animal as they try to bag another deep sky object. Fervently hoping and praying that the clouds or dew will hold off for just one more hour, they scan the night sky with telescope, binoculars, and cameras. Fortunately, the scene wasn’t quite so [...]
Each week we bring you moments in history, upcoming events, and different way you can engage in doing astronomy. This week things have been somewhat quiet as we work hard to launch new projects. We appreciate your patience as we work to get a bunch of awesome things ready to go out the door. History Highlights | Events | Looking Ahead Events for March 3 – March 9, 2012 Whence Supernovae by Rob Knop Time: Saturday 10am LA / 1pm NEW YORK / 6pm LONDON [...]
Measuring the size of the Solar System is remarkably hard. We can’t just roll out a tape measure and check our numbers twice. We can’t even just use the surveyor’s parallax method on any old day of the week. Until the advent of the laser and radar, the only way we could measure distances was to wait for specific alignments to occur, specifically, we had to wait for 1761 and 1769 Venus to Transits in front of the Sun. This year, [...]