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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Camelopardalids and ISS

    05/25/2014 1:29:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | May 25, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a camp on the northern shores of the Great Lake Erie, three short bright meteor streaks were captured in this composited night skyscape. Recorded over the early morning hours of May 24, the meteors are elusive Camelopardalids. Their trails point back to the meteor shower's radiant near Polaris, in the large but faint constellation Camelopardalis the camel leopard, or in modern terms the Giraffe. While a few meteors did appear, the shower was not an active one as the Earth crossed through the predicted debris trail of periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. Of course, the long bright streak in the...
  • The Mystery of the North Star: Astronomers baffled to find Polaris is getting BRIGHTER

    02/06/2014 12:11:57 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:18 EST, 5 February 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    Team found that Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than in 137CE Experts say find is 'entirely unexpected' Astronomers have discovered that Polaris, the north star, is getting brighter. They say the star has suddenly reversed two decades of dimming. It is expanding at more than 100 times the rate they expected - and nobody is sure why. A team led by Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania recalibrated historic measurements of Polaris by Ptolemy in 137 C.E., the Persian astronomer Al-Sufi in 964 C.E., and others. They investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Perseids over Meteora

    08/10/2013 2:36:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | August 10, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The two bright meteors flashing through this night skyscape from August 7 are part of the ongoing Perseid meteor shower. In the direction indicated by both colorful streaks, the shower's radiant in the eponymous constellation Perseus is at the upper right. North star Polaris, near the center of all the short, arcing star trails is at the upper left. But also named for its pose against the sky, the monastery built on the daunting sandstone cliffs in the foreground is part of Meteora. A World Heritage site, Meteora is a historic complex of lofty monasteries located near Kalabaka in...
  • 2014 Indian Motorcycles Revealed in Sturgis

    08/04/2013 2:03:08 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 87 replies
    Motorcycle.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Jon Langston
    The legend has returned – and its splash is sure to reverberate from Main Street all the way to Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee. The new generation of American V-Twin cruisers made its grand debut in front of a crowd of thousands of enthusiasts and dignitaries at the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Saturday night....... For those who worried Polaris would severely alter the legend, fear not: the new 2014 Indians harken back to a bygone era of motorcycling.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Nauset Light Star Trails

    10/10/2012 6:01:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | October 10, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In myth, Atlas holds up the heavens, but in this scene they seem to pivot around a lighthouse beacon. Photographed with a camera fixed to a tripod, the well-planned 30 minute exposure records star trails in the northern sky, reflecting the daily rotation of planet Earth. Hidden behind the top of the prominent Nauset Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, the North Celestial Pole is at the center of all the star trail arcs. Making a complete circle, 360 degrees, in 24 hours, the star trail arcs cover 15 degrees each hour or 7.5 degrees in thirty minutes. Foreground...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- September's Aurora

    09/21/2012 3:29:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | September 21, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: September's equinox arrives tomorrow as the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading south. The event marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere and autumn in the north. And though the connection is still puzzling, the equinox seasons bring an increase in geomagnetic storms. So as northern nights grow longer, the equinox also heralds the arrival of a good season for aurora hunters. Recorded on September 20, these colorful northern lights were captured with camera and wide-angle lens near the Norwegian Sea coast outside Tromsø in Northern Norway. Shining at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Teimareh Petroglyphs and Star Trails

    07/12/2012 3:09:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | July 12, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Engraved in rock, these ancient petroglyphs are abundant in the Teimareh valley, located in the Zagros Mountains of central Iran. They likely tell a tale of hunters and animals found in the middle eastern valley 6,000 years ago or more, etched by artists in a prehistoric age. In the night sky above are star trails etched by the rotation of planet Earth during the long composite exposure made with a modern digital camera. On the left, the center of the star trail arcs is the North Celestial Pole (NCP), the extension of Earth's axis into space, with Polaris, the...
  • U.S. Navy Marks 50th Anniversary of First Submerged Launch of Fleet Ballistic Missile Built

    07/20/2010 9:39:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Defense Porfessionals ^ | 7/20/2010 | Defense Porfessionals
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs' first underwater launch of a Fleet Ballistic Missile, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin The Polaris A1 missile successfully launched from the submerged USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the first ballistic missile submarine, July 20, 1960, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. This successful Navy test proved the capability of launching missiles from the natural protection of the deep sea, securing a strategic advantage to the nation. In 1956, as part of a Navy-industry research and development effort, the first Fleet Ballistic Missile, Polaris A1, became...
  • MOTORCYCLE DESIGN TROPHY 2005 (a little retroactive, I guess)

    02/10/2006 1:07:50 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 51 replies · 14,546+ views
    insidebikes.com ^ | 10 February 2006
    MOTORCYCLE DESIGN TROPHY 2005 10 February 2006 The overall winner of the 2005 Motorcycle Design of the Year has been announced; The winner was the Ducati Hypermotard concept bike, with the runner-up bike being the Yamaha MT-OS. Other bikes which were highly rated by a panel of motorcycle designers included the Yamaha R6, MotoCzysz C1, Aprilia RS125 and the Victory Vision. Presentation of the awards will take place later in the year - full details will be announced on the MDA website.
  • Hubble Reveals Companion to North Star (More cool Hubble discoveries)

    01/10/2006 5:16:00 AM PST · by mlc9852 · 18 replies · 994+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 9, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed something just as constant as the North Star: a hidden companion. Astronomers now have photographic proof that Polaris, as the bright star and navigational aid is formally called, has two stellar companions. The first, Polaris B, has been known since 1780 and can easily be seen with even a smaller telescope; the presence of the second, Polaris Ab, has been inferred but eluded direct detection because it was close to Polaris and relatively faint. The North Star is a super-giant more than 2,000 times brighter than the sun, while its...
  • There's More to the North Star Than Meets the Eye

    01/09/2006 10:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,217+ views
    NASA ^ | Jan. 9, 2006 | NA
    RELEASE: 06-004 By stretching the capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to the limit, astronomers photographed the close companion to Polaris, known also as the North Star, for the first time. "Hubble's exceptional pointing capabilities combined with the wonderful performance of its instruments allow scientists to see the universe in finer detail than ever before," said Michael Moore, NASA's Hubble program executive. "It is that clear vision that makes these types of images possible," he added. The North Star is thought to be a steady, solitary point of light that guided sailors for ages, but there is more to this...
  • Astronomers scared of ever-brightening star

    06/08/2004 8:09:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 165 replies · 426+ views
    Julius Caesar might have said he was as constant as the northern star, but it wasn't much of a boast. Over the past two millennia, the star Polaris has brightened by 250 per cent, astronomers announced today.And they can't explain why."It should not be getting that bright that fast," said Edward Guinan, an astronomer at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. "It's not behaving as expected. It's kind of scary."Scientists knew that Polaris was inconstant but in a different way. About every four days, the star increases and decreases ever so slightly in brightness.But the new work is the first to...
  • Constant as the North Star? More Like Fickle

    05/31/2004 8:42:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 553+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 1, 2004 | KENNETH CHANG
    In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," the title character declares, "But I am constant as the Northern Star, of whose true fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament." In modern astronomical terms, Caesar was saying that he was a flaky, unstable guy. Astronomers have known for some time that Polaris, the North Star, sitting almost directly over the North Pole, is a Cepheid variable, a type of star that is caught in a cycle of bloating and collapsing because it has exhausted its hydrogen fuel. In this unsettled state, Polaris brightens and dims every four days or so,...