Edmund Scientifics' Official Blog Mark your calendar for April 15th and set your alarm clock to get you up just before 2:00 a.m. that morning. A spectacular lunar eclipse will occur beginning then and be widely visible from all of North America. (It’s actually the first of two such events this year, the second one happening in October, so you’ll have another chance to experience an eclipse should this one happen to be clouded out!) Continue reading
Dissemination Recent presentations and publications associated with COBWEB can be viewed here. The most recent mentions of the COBWEB project from events, press, blogs and Twitter can be browsed on Storify. You can also find out about upcoming events, recent presentations, and similar project activity by signing up for our COBWEB Project newsletter, latest news items or contact email list here. Promotional Materials Posters, leaflets, and additional promotional materials are available for download here. Please note that these files are updated from time to time so please come back to check you have the latest copy. Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way A huge team of volunteers from the general public has poured over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and discovered more than 5,000 "bubbles" in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy. Young, hot stars blow these shells out into surrounding gas and dust, highlighting areas of brand new star formation. Upwards of 35,000 "citizen scientists" sifted through the Spitzer infrared data as part of the online Milky Way Project to find these telltale bubbles. The users have turned up 10 times as many bubbles as previous surveys so far. Volunteers for the project are shown a small section of Spitzers huge infrared Milky Way image (left) that they then scan for cosmic bubbles.
Earth's City Lights This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface. The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. (Compare western Europe with China and India.) Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. Even without the underlying map, the outlines of many continents would still be visible.
Gravitational Lens Data Base Click on image for more information about it. Click here for a version of this page without images. Welcome to the web site for the CfA-Arizona Space Telescope LEns Survey of gravitational lenses. We will provide information and data on gravitational lens systems, including HST and radio images that can be downloaded from our ftp site. VOICES FOR INNOVATION Focus Groups The VOICES focus group approach In the VOICES project, a total of 100 focus groups were held, each of them with approximately 10 citizens. In most EU member states, three focus groups were conducted, all in one location, in most cases one science center belonging to the ECSITE network. All member states with a population of above 25 million habitants had two sets of three focus groups each in two different locations.
Map and measure a million Moon craters! I give talks about asteroid impacts quite often, and sometimes people ask me why we should worry about them. I reply, "Go outside and look at the Moon. Then tell me we don’t need to worry about asteroid impacts!" The Moon is covered in craters, and it really brings home — literally — the fact that we need to understand impacts better. I’m not being facetious, either. Looking at the Moon is a great way to learn about craters.
Massive Storm Pulls Water And Ammonia Ices from Saturn's Depths MADISON, WI — Once every 30 years or so, or roughly one Saturnian year, a monster storm rips across the northern hemisphere of the ringed planet. In 2010, the most recent and only the sixth giant storm on Saturn observed by humans began stirring. It quickly grew to superstorm proportions, reaching 15,000 kilometers (more than 9,300 miles) in width and visible to amateur astronomers on Earth as a great white spot dancing across the surface of the planet.
R&Dialogue Energy production based on coal, oil and gas has a profound impact on the world’s climate. We need to create a more sustainable future by reducing our energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewable energies and by capturing and storing CO2. Awareness of the importance of reducing CO2 emissions is rising but the transition towards a low carbon society is slow and complex. The much needed fundamental change requires extensive research and involves many civil society stakeholders, each with vested interests that are often not aligned. A dialogue between research and civil society, including industry, NGOs and public authorities, is essential to move towards sustainable low-carbon energy production.