Meteors and Moon Glow Vie for Attention Tuesday Night
“The most famous of all annual meteor showers, the Perseids, is set to peak overnight August 12, but it will have to do battle with a brilliant moon.
A veritable ritual for summer stargazers, the Perseids are considered one of nature’s best fireworks shows, with dozens of shooting stars an hour falling at peak times. This year, however, the full moon officially occurs only two days before the shower is scheduled to put in its top performance.”
Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope
“Here is what happens you observe the same area of sky with more and more wavelengths.
This is an image of the Ultra Deep Field, originally taken in 2003 and subsequently added to over the years. This year, we added ultraviolet.
Ultraviolet light comes from the hottest, largest, and youngest stars. By observing at these wavelengths, researchers get a direct look at which galaxies are forming stars and where the stars are forming within those galaxies.”
“Design studio Dorothy (see: these awesome color wheels made from musicians and songs) have struck again with a set of “Star Charts” that map classic Hollywood films through constellations: one charts films from the Golden Age, the other charts films from the Modern Age. The individual stars represent actors and directors, and the constellations represent the movies themselves. For example: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid make the constellation Casablanca.”
Astronomers Find Double-Planet, Double-Star System
"Astronomers have published a study revealing that NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope has spotted two planets orbiting two suns for the first time.
The find proves that circumbinary planetary systems can not only form in, but continue to withstand, the intense pressures exerted by a binary star system — until now, astronomers had only been able to identify binary star systems with one planet in orbit, a find that was confirmed in 2011 when Kepler-16b was spotted.”