As Far As The Eye Can See, and Farther Than The Mind Can Dream

As Far As The Eye Can See, and Farther Than The Mind Can Dream

Posted by Maggie on October 17, 2020 in From the Editors

NASA: Hubble Snaps a Special Stellar Nursery

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, depicts a special class of star-forming nursery known as Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules, or frEGGs for short. This object is formally known as J025157.5+600606.

When a massive new star starts to shine while still within the cool molecular cloud from which it formed, its energetic radiation can ionise the cloud’s hydrogen and create a large, hot bubble of ionised gas. Amazingly, located within this bubble of hot gas around a nearby massive star are the frEGGs: dark compact globules of dust and gas, some of which are giving birth to low-mass stars. The boundary between the cool, dusty frEGG and the hot gas bubble is seen as the glowing purple/blue edges in this fascinating image. …

Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Sahai

Robert Zimmerman: Russia oxygen regeneration system on ISS fails

AFP: Oxygen Supply Just Failed in Part of The ISS, But Everyone Is Safe So Far … The ISS was meant for a fifteen-year run. It has since gone over 20 years. She either needs a major revamping, or replaced. But then, that adds this hulking extraterrestrial mass to the existing space junk surrounding Earth.

Paul Brinkmann: Orion spacecraft ready to return humans to deep space, officials say

Mike Wall: Phew! 2 big hunks of space junk zoom safely past each other in near-miss: The chance of a collision was higher than 10%, according to LeoLabs. … If you saw the movie “Gravity” you see the possibility of a terrifying chain reaction domino-effect scenario of space junk collisions.

Chelsea Gohd: FAA cuts the red tape for commercial rocket launches (and landings, too): “We’re cutting the red tape that has held this industry to the launch pad for far too long,” Brianna Manzelli said….

PR Newswire: NASA Announces Partners to Advance ‘Tipping Point’ Technologies for the Moon, Mars … We cannot do this next phase of manned space travel and lunar and Mars colonization without the capitalist private sector. And contracts should never go to ‘lowest bidders.’

UPI: Eight nations, including U.S., sign accords for moon missions … Best we get these formalities out of the way sooner, rather than later.

By signing the agreement, the eight nations commit to peaceful activities on the moon and in travel to the moon.

Provisions in the Artemis Accords stipulate that nations, and private companies in those nations, will openly disclose plans for lunar missions, and mine resources on the moon in accordance with the international Outer Space Treaty that dates to 1967.

The accords also commit signing nations to render aid to other nations on the moon if necessary, to minimize space debris and to register all objects taken to the lunar surface.

In addition to the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and Britain signed the Artemis Accords.

‘We are one human race and we are in this together. The Accords help us to work together to benefit all,’ Sarah Al Amiri, chair of the United Arab Emirates Council of Scientists, said in a live broadcast Tuesday…

‘We wanted to begin with a group substantive and large enough to make an impact,’ Gold said. ‘It’s very challenging to do that with too large a group. Now that the text of the accords have been finalized we can broaden the coalition.’….

Robert Zimmerman: Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 awake for 23rd lunar day on far side of the Moon

Paul Brinkmann: Blue Origin launches, lands NASA moon landing sensor experiment

MIT TR: This spacecraft is being readied for a one-way mission to deflect an asteroid

Ned Potter: The Long Arm of NASA: The OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Gets Ready To Grab An Asteroid Sample: Careful maneuvering will be required to recover material from the dawn of the solar system

Jon Brodkin: Remote tribe says SpaceX Starlink “catapulted” them into 21st century: Starlink’s limited beta hooked up a reservation in rural Washington state.


These two photographs I took with my iPhone-11 on our trip a month ago to Hocking Hills outside of Columbus, Ohio. It is a grand hiking venue, with woods and water falls and caves. The night sky is awesome. We had a limited patch, as our cabin property was encircled by very tall and thick trees. While out very late to stargaze we could hear the deep snapping of brush as forest creatures were human-gazing us. Not to worry, the property inside the circumference of the woods had fencing. You can see the pink hues of the Milky Way Galaxy above our cabin and between the trees. The two brightest bodies are Saturn and Jupiter. I wish I had a better worthy camera. My iPhone camera doesn’t do the night sky justice and was not capturing the breath-taking multitude of stars above my head in these photos that I was seeing with my naked-eye.

About 20 minutes down the road in Logan, Ohio, is the John Glenn Astronomy Park. It’s actually in the ‘back-forty’, so to speak, behind a farm home and up against the forest. I would have loved to have gone one night while we were there, but with the COVID situation the park was restricting attendance to only 10 cars and being the busy weekend reservations were booked.

It has a grand patio for viewing. And stargazers can bring blankets, chairs, and their own telescopes and set up out on the rolling field away from the museum and its exterior illumination …

Andrew Downey @ Youtube:

This is a short timelapse video from Wednesday night, August 19th, looking toward the southern sky at the John Glenn Astronomy Park. It’s made from 150 15-second exposures taken at 15 second intervals from about 10:30 to 11:45 PM. We started to worry a little when those clouds appeared out over the tree line, but fortunately they never approached. The green flashes are from visitors out in the field at JGAP sharing their Astronomy knowledge with others and pointing out objects of interest with a green laser…

**SIGH** Maybe next year?

Apparently one of the best venues for seeing a vast view of the Milky Way is in Hawaii on Mauna Kea Observatories …

~~Many thanks to Maggie and The Universal Spectator for reprint permission.

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