Friday, February 15, 2013
NASA is providing live coverage of the asteroid flyby starting at 1 p.m. Central time.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is expected to fly within about 17,200 miles from Earth, NASA says. The asteroid is expected to fly by Earth at about 1:24 p.m. Central time, according to the Adler Planetarium. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Asteroid 2012 DA14, NASA says, will be about 17,200 miles from Earth.
An asteroid that is about 150 feet in diameter is expected to fly by Earth early Friday afternoon. While NASA says there's no chance that asteroid 2012 DA14 will hit Earth, the asteroid is expected to pass between Earth and its ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. "The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 is the closest ever predicted Earth approach for an object this large," according to the NASA website. "Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office in Pasadena, CA, estimate that an asteroid the size of 2012 DA14 flies this close every 40 years on average and that one will impact Earth, on average, about once in every 1,200 years." At its closest approach, asteroid 2012 DA14 will be about 17,200 miles from Earth…
Friday, December 14, 2012
NASA scientist says two debris streams may cross after sunset Thursday.
Friday, December 14, 2012
There are plenty of meteor showers in the late fall – we’ve seen the Orionids in October, and the Taurids and Leonids in November. If you got outside at the right time, and the weather was nice, maybe you saw a few “shooting stars.” Tonight, however, may be different. That’s because we may be treated to not one, but two meteor showers at the same time, according to NASA. In addition to the peak of the Geminid shower, there may be a brand new meteor shower debuting after sunset tonight, Dec. 13. The new, as-yet-to-be-named shower is courtesy of Comet Wirtanen, discovered in 1948, according to Bill Cooke, from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. As for the source of the Geminids, it’s somewhat of a mystery, Cooke said on NASA’s website. “…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
EarthSky.org is saying that because there will be no moon, 2012 will be a great year to see this meteor shower.
The final major meteor shower of the year, the Geminid meteor shower 2012, will peak overnight on Thursday, Dec. 13 into Friday morning and if you are willing to stay up late you should be able to see a great show. NASA reports that the Geminids is a relatively young meteor shower, with the first sightings occurring in the 1830s with rates of about 20 per hour. Over time the rate of visible meteors has increased and now viewers can expect to see 80 and 120 meteors per hour at its peak. Earthsky.org reports viewers can begin to watch the Geminids starting at 9 or 10 p.m. on Thursday. The peak will likely be between 1 to 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. That’s when the shower’s radiant point is highest in the sky as seen around the world. "With…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Supposedly suspenseful sci-fi could have been cut down to a 10-minute Youtube video.
"Old footage” has been found, indicating why there hasn’t been a return to the moon since the 1970s, so goes Apollo 18 as it follows in the footsteps of horror flicks such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity with its voyeuristic cinematic approach. In space, however, the grainy shaky camera shots just aren’t scary. The makeshift camerawork is being purported by www.lunartruth.com as actual unedited documentation of an undisclosed NASA mission. NASA has officially denied this--stating the footage is a work of fiction. (The website IMDB also reports the movie was filmed in Vancouver. So I’m going to trust NASA on this one; along with various other reasons.) But for authenticity purposes the film’s stars are unaccredited. The …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Only community college to participate in international competition
Oakton Community College was one of only 37 participants from around the globe – and the only community college -- taking part in NASA’s Second Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition last month. The robotics contest, held May 23 – 28 at Florida’s Kennedy Center, required undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities to design and build a remote controlled robot – commonly known as a “lunabot” -- capable of collecting and depositing a minimum of 10 kilograms of simulated lunar dirt within 15 minutes from a distance of 60 meters. Members of Oakton’s team who traveled to Florida included Daniel Kramer of Mundelein, Valentina Krug of Skokie, Blake Levien of Evanston, Felix Markman of Glenview, Mike Mazur of Lincolnwood, …