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... and to all a dark night!

12/24/2004 12:00AM

... and to all a dark night!

... from all of us here on the AstroMart staff...

Pontentially Hazardous Asteroid for Christmas

12/22/2004 04:09PM

Pontentially Hazardous Asteroid for Christmas

This Near Earth Asteroid is currently swinging past us and will be at its closest on Christmas eve at only 5 Lunar distances.

Boeing Delta IV Heavy Achieves Major Test Objectives in First Flight

12/22/2004 12:00AM

Boeing Delta IV Heavy Achieves Major Test Objectives in First Flight

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 22, 2004 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta IV Heavy made its first flight today achieving the major test objectives despite placing its demonstration satellite in a lower than expected orbit.

The Latest Asteroid Near Miss...

12/22/2004 12:00AM

The Latest Asteroid Near Miss...

Asteroid 2004 YD5 was discovered December 21, and when back-plotted it was found to have whizzed by Earth (over Antarctica) at a distance less than 22,000 miles

Cassini Mission Status Report

12/20/2004 12:00AM

Cassini Mission Status Report

The Cassini spacecraft completed a successful rendezvous with Saturn's moon Titan today. This was the last pass before the European Space Agency's Huygens probe is sprung loose from Cassini on Christmas Eve. Information gathered during this flyby will provide an opportunity to compare images from Cassini's first close Titan encounter on Oct. 26.

NASA Set to Launch First Comet Impact Probe

12/19/2004 12:00AM

NASA Set to Launch First Comet Impact Probe

Launch and flight teams are in final preparations for the planned Jan. 12, 2005, liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. The mission is designed for a six-month, one-way, 431 million kilometer (268 million mile) voyage. Deep Impact will deploy a probe that essentially will be "run over" by the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at approximately 37,000 kilometers per hour (23,000 miles per hour).

Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2)

12/17/2004 12:00AM

Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2)

Discovered just this past summer, Comet Machholz continues to brighten toward being visible with the unaided eye in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This image was taken at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center Observatory on December 11, 2004.

A New Twist on an Old Nebula

12/16/2004 12:00AM

A New Twist on an Old Nebula

Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to celestial objects like galaxies and nebulas. These objects are so far away that astronomers cannot see their three-dimensional structure. The Helix Nebula, for example, resembles a doughnut in colorful images. Earlier images of this complex object — the gaseous envelope ejected by a dying, sun-like star — did not allow astronomers to precisely interpret its structure. One possible interpretation was that the Helix's form resembled a snake-like coil...

Our first official threepeat winner..

12/14/2004 12:00AM

Our first official threepeat winner..

Larry Carlino's great style earns him yet another shopping credit to Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird for his review of the Celestron 102mm Wide Field Scope.

Bosons Crystallize in 2-D Traps

12/13/2004 12:00AM

Bosons Crystallize in 2-D Traps

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have unveiled a fundamental change in the properties of matter. The theoretical finding, that bosons placed in two-dimensional harmonic traps will crystallize when the strength of their repulsive interactions is increased, appears in the December 3 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters (volume 93, article 230405, 2004)...

Spitzer and Hubble Capture Evolving Planetary Systems

12/10/2004 12:00AM

Spitzer and Hubble Capture Evolving Planetary Systems

Two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, have provided astronomers an unprecedented look at dusty planetary debris around stars the size of our sun...

A second space Christmas for ESA: Huygens to begin its final journey to Titan

12/07/2004 12:00AM

A second space Christmas for ESA: Huygens to begin its final journey to Titan

One year after Mars Express’ arrival at Mars, the mighty rules of celestial mechanics have again set Christmas as the date for a major ESA event in deep space.

Cassini Captures Saturn Moon Red-Handed

12/06/2004 12:00AM

Cassini Captures Saturn Moon Red-Handed

Stealing is a crime on Earth, but at Saturn, apparently it is routine. The Cassini spacecraft has witnessed Saturn's moon Prometheus snatching particles from one of Saturn's rings.

Hubble Uncovers a Baby Galaxy in a Grown-Up Universe

12/03/2004 12:00AM

Hubble Uncovers a Baby Galaxy in a Grown-Up Universe

Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have measured the age of what may be the youngest galaxy ever seen in the universe.

This winning review takes us to Maui and beyond...

12/01/2004 12:00AM

This winning review takes us to Maui and beyond...

Our intrepid author packs a TeleVue 85 for a journey to the amazing skies of Maui and Hilo and finds he made a good choice in traveling companions.