“Asteroid 2005 YU55 -like” object collides with Earth in a cosmic lightshow

“Asteroid 2005 YU55 -like” object collides with Earth in a cosmic lightshow

Source: Yahoo News and Space.com
http://news.yahoo.com/huge-asteroid-creep-near-earth-nov-8-163202106.html

“Asteroid 2005 YU55’s pass by Earth will be closest to date by an object this large that we know about in advance. A smaller asteroid, called 2011 CQ1, actually came closer to Earth without hitting – a record-setting approach to within 3,400 miles (5,471 kilometers) — but it was not seen in advance.

The asteroid’s near-Earth flyby is also the first since 1976 that astronomers have known about in advance for such a large object. The next known flyby with a big space rock will occur in 2028, NASA scientists said.”

Perhaps the last line of that quote should read:

The next known flyby with a big space rock will occur in 2028, that is of course, if we see it, unlike CQ1 and the many more that we just don’t know about.

If you believe that is fantasy and we have the technology to see these space rocks, consider the fact that Asteroids are named for the year they were discovered. That means: 2005 YU55 we’ve known about for about 6 years. 2011 CQ1 was only discovered this year and only after it passed near our orbit.

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Dark Sky Shmark Sky

Small North America Light Pollution MapEvery astronomer, amateur astronomer, cosmologist, and physicist seem to have a different opinion about what a dark sky means.

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Night Vision Telescope Tripod Marker Lights


Night Vision Telescope Tripod Marker Lights.

Lose a perfect alignment or astrophoto because your telescope tripod got bumped?  These night vision red spectrum marker lights might help.

They’re small, emit night vision red spectrum light, and one nine volt battery will keep one lit for over 50 hours. No button battery nightmares. No annoying flash. Affix them to your tripod with supplied velcro or just use rubber bands.

Night Vision Telescope Tripod Marker Lights

Each package contains three lights, instructions, and velcro in a small reusable plastic bag.

Standard 9 volt batteries not included

Night Vision Telescope Tripod Marker Lights $11.99


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International Space Station Comes Together

Wikipedia Image of the Internation Space Station

2009 Photo of the International Space Station

 

A great interactive video from usatoday.net: Parts of the ISS have been on display at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before they were set in place / space. 

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm (opens in a new window)

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Bootleg Astronomy Schedule their 5th Annual Star Party

Bootleg Astronomy has scheduled their fifth annual star party for June 3-5 2011. You can register directly by going to http://www.bootlegastronomy.com/ and downloading a form to complete and mail with your payment. Your registration payment of $25 includes two nights campspace at Green River State Park in Harmon Illinois. Each person registered will receive 1 door prize ticket. Raffle drawing will be held Saturday at sundown. (You must be present to win.)  Event t-shirts are $15. Registration is limited to about 50-60 people so book your space now. Bootleg Astronomers reserve the right to refuse any registration. Online registration is available from now to May 13th for a small fee ($2.00) at http://www.CavemanAstronomy.com .


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