Carnival of Space Week 73 – Alice’s Astro Info

Image from Alice's Astro Info website

Image from Alice's Astro Info website

This week’s marvellous Carnival of Space is being hosted by Seattle-based astronomer Alice Enevoldsen at Alice’s Astro Info. To celebrate 50 years of NASA, Alice has written a rather creative CoS, using the letters from HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DEAR NASA! to form an acrostic for each submission from the space blogosphere. I love it!

From Astroengine, I decided to submit my article about the experimental evidence that radioactive decay rates do not vary with distance from the Sun, according to the power output from Cassini’s RTGs as the craft travelled from Earth to the orbit of Mars. Kinda puts a dampener on the previous terrestrial findings that decay rates may vary with distance from the Sun. Perhaps there’s another, more obvious reason for the correlated decay rate variations. I have my theory, but I’ll leave that for another day…

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Carnival of Space Week 72 – Twisted Physics (Discovery)

Twisted Physics Logo

Twisted Physics Logo

It’s that time of the week, time for the rampaging hoard of space writers to voice their views across the blogosphere. This week, we are presented with a great variety from my fellow bloggers dotted over the planet by Jennifer Ouellette at Twisted Physics. She had the misfortune to be called for jury duty, but had the fortune to be selected as this weeks CoS host, so at least she had some entertaining reading to do whist in court! For Astroengine this week, I entered the exciting news that our Sun is alive! Well, it has shown off a Cycle 24 sunspot anyway

Carnival of Space Week 71 – .Astronomy

.Astronomy logo

.Astronomy logo

Somehow I missed a week of the CoS, so I’ll have to track down where Week 70 went… but first, here’s Week 71, hosted over at .Astronomy (dot-astronomy) by Rob at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Once more, there is a great selection of space news from the blogosphere, I’m looking forward to reading through all of them.

In keeping with my LHC addiction, I posted a story on the Greek hacker attempt on the facility at CERN…

Carnival of Space Week 69 – Free Space (Discovery)

This week’s Carnival of Space is being hosted by Irene Klotz over at the Discovery blog Free Space. There’s a great format this time, going from A-Z of all the submitted stories from across the space blogosphere, so be sure to check it out!

I was really slack this time and neglected to enter any of my Astroengine.com articles (*slaps wrist*), but I’ll be sure to get back on task in time for Week 70!

Carnival of Space Week 68 – Crowlspace

Schematic showing Sagittarius A crossing the beam of Indlebe on 28 July 2008 (Stuart MacPherson)

Schematic showing Sagittarius A crossing the beam of Indlebe on 28 July 2008 (Stuart MacPherson)

For this week’s outing into the wild world of space blogging Carnival style, we dock at Crowlspace.com for a superb mix of space news, views and opinions. It’s entitled “…star travel won’t be easy,” and they’re not kidding! It seems this week has focused around the conventional, and sci-fi modes of transportation (although the question of energy in either case will be the limiting factor). For my part, I submitted my opinions about the recent misinterpretation of a radio signal from the centre of our galaxy. No, it isn’t aliens, it’s totally natural, I promise

Carnival of Space Week 67 – Next Generation (Discovery)

The Apollo missions: A wasted opportunity? (NASA)

The Apollo missions: A wasted opportunity? (NASA)

David Chandler, veteran science journalist working at MIT, hosts this week’s superb Carnival over at Discovery Space: Next Generation. We have discussions about what should have been done with the Apollo missions, the recent Cassini observations of the moon Enceladus to my musings about the Higgs boson and all the fun we’ll have when the LHC goes online next month.

Go and check out Next Generation with David Chandler and enjoy the 67th week of the Carnival…

Carnival of Space Week 66 – A Mars Odyssey

Banner from A Mars Odyssey website

Banner from A Mars Odyssey website

This week’s Carnival is being held over at A Mars Odyssey, where Nancy Houser does an awesome job of chronicling all the great entries from this week’s collection from the space blogosphere. I have a special fondness for this week’s CoS as I love the detailed approach Nancy has taken, each entry lovingly read, understood and reported on. A joy to read!
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Carnival of Space Week 65 – 21st Century Waves

21st Century Waves banner

21st Century Waves banner

Another week and the space bloggers have been busy! For the 65th instalment of the great Carnival of Space, Dr. Bruce Cordell is our host over at the superb blog 21st Century Waves. Once again, there’s a cosmically rich mix of stellar goodness on show. From Astroengine.com, I submitted the popular “New Exotic Particle May Explain Milky Way Gamma-Ray Phenomenon.”

So get to 21st Century Waves to read the full spectrum of CoS #65…

Carnival of Space Week 64 – Music of the Spheres

Rendering of the Apollo lunar module (LM, pronounced "lem") launching for the return trip. Source: Music of the Spheres

When a Carnival starts off with a quote from a classic book, you know you’re in for a treat:

Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.
– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

This is where we begin with the FlyingSinger (a.k.a. Bruce Irving) who takes us on a journey throughout the space blogosphere stopping at the Sun, Venus, Mars and the occasional black hole. Check out the great website “Music of the Spheres” to read the full contingent of this week’s Carnival. From Astroengine.com, I decided to enter our Sun and why it is so special

Carnival of Space Week 63 – The Angry Astronomer

The Angry Astronomer logo. Credit: Jon Voisey

The Angry Astronomer logo. Credit: Jon Voisey

For this week’s push into the blogospheric cosmos, we swing by Jon Voisey’s space blog The Angry Astronomer. I’m not too sure what he’s so angry about – possibly those pesky student loans he’s got to pay back… sorry Jon, after two years of graduating from my postgrad studies, I don’t have a research job and I haven’t even thought about paying back any of my loans! Ahh the life of a scientist… As always, a great mix of space news and views from around the world, and for my part I entered an article about recoiling supermassive black holes – now that is something I’d love to see…