Another week ends another Carnival of Space begins! A lot of great writers bringing great articles to the table, so let’s get started. (My unrelated fun photo offering: X-15 pilots enjoy a lighter moment during the program – I guess you can only clown around so much when dealing with this level of technology. Mid-late 1960s.)
Urban Astronomer tells us that the orbiting X-Ray observatory, Chandra, has recently collected detailed images of gas falling into a black hole. This confirms current models of what exactly causes the powerful radiation observed coming from black holes.
And speaking of things way out in space, Weird Warp tells is that there is a problem with our current way of looking for alien civilizations. SETI looks for signals that are sent by the electromagnetic spectrum and their are a lot of frequencies to search. If you pair this with the size of the universe you can see how SETI is really looking for a needle in a haystack. But it’s still a good idea; one needle in one haystack is all that is needed.
From being in deep space to beings that study deep space, Cheap Astronomy interviews a retired philosopher on the subject of curved space-time.
Chandra Blog brings a thinker into the mix this week as well. Back by popular demand is the video blog series Meet An Astronomer, this week featuring Harvard associate professor in the astronomy department Julia Lee.
Discovery News looks at a monster of a quasar – a reminder that we don’t know the early universe as well as we think we do.
And speaking of the early universe, The Next Big Future relays the possibility that it could have had intense magnetic fields that could have been a hyperbolic metmaterial in the vacuum if a recent arxiv paper is correct. This could be detected by analyzing the cosmic background radiation.
For those of us looking for things a little closer to home in both space and time – and specifically those of us that speak Spanish – Vega 0.0 presents the way to report the comet observations.
Other (relatively) near Earth objects, asteroids, get a shout out this week as well. The Next Big Future tell us that Europe plans to move one.
Astroblog brings comets to this week’s carnival. Comet C/2010 X1 Elenin entered the field of view of the STEREO H1B cameras, images, animations and spotters maps for the comet this past week.
On to the manned side of things, Discovery News reports on the 14th International Mars Society Convention in Dallas, Texas. The message was clear: it is imperative that we send a manned mission to Mars.
The European Space Agency and the Russia Federal Space Agency, it seems, are already taking steps towards that Mars goal. Cosmic Log tells us that the two agency are planning to follow up on their simulated 520-day mission to Mars with a real flight to Mars and back — although there’s not yet any time frame set for the mission.
Finally, not quite manned spaceflight but space technology built by men, The Next Big Future take a look at the recent work to develop computer chips that can propel spacecraft using the lorentz force. Such chips could eventually be launched near to 1% of the speed of light from the magnetic field of Jupiter.
That’s it for this week’s carnival. Enjoy your weekend reading!