Carnival of Space Week 84 – Next Big Future

Venus surface elevation map
Venus surface elevation map

Superb! Possibly for the first time ever, an article features at the top of page for the Carnival of Space! Nice. It’s more than likely luck, but I really appreciate Brian Wang reading and posting my article about the Space Exploration Crisis. As it turns out, there are a few blogs that are concerned about the recent NASA turmoil, and the pressure will be on President-elect Barack Obama to enact some changes…

So, this week, be sure to check out week 84 of the Carnival of Space at Brian Wang’s Next Big Future. There are loads of space news articles from all over the web, in fact each CoS seems to be getting bigger and bigger; compiling all the submissions from the space blogosphere is no easy task. However, Brian did a great job this week, and I’ll be sure to give a rundown on some of the entries that caught my eye during Wednesday’s Astroengine Live

Carnival of Space Week 83 – Astroblog

Yes, I know it's upside down, but this is how Mars looks from Australia... really
Yes, I know it's upside down, but this is how Mars looks from Australia... really

Fresh from the land down under Ian Musgrave presents the Antipodian edition of the Carnival of Space. It’s a strange experience, and my caffeine-addled morning brain had a hard job understanding what was going on. But why are all the pictures are upside down? I pondered for a few seconds… Ah, now I get it, Ian lives in Australia! Fortunately I didn’t embarrass myself by sending him a message, advertising my sleep-deprived state. This got me thinking, if I host the Carnival, do I need to tilt all the images 56°… left? I might just do that next time and confuse Mr Musgrave with my SoCal edition of the Carnival… or, perhaps, I need to get back to bed…

So, enough of the rambling, get over to Astroblog for a superb Carnival, with loads of superb posts from the world of space blogging!

Carnival of Space Week 82 – Space Disco

For this week’s Carnival, we are in for a visual delight! For the first time, we have a video stocked full with the weekly run-down of what’s new, fresh and interesting across the entire space blogosphere. Your host this week is my friend Dave Mosher, producer of Discovery Space and blogger for the excellent Space Disco. Being superbly organized, Dave works through a huge number of blogs and includes a transcript of his videofied Carnival. A great, entertaining 3 minuites and 9 seconds, with a peek into Dave’s home in New York.

Dave has raised the Carnival of Space bar very high… I wonder who can top it? I have one idea on how it could be done, but I’ll save that until I get my turn of being host again (although that might be some time…).

But for now, jet over to Space Disco and enjoy. From, I included my thoughts on the Mars Science Laboratory and why NASA might not be on the correct track

Carnival of Space Week 81 – Tiny Mantras

For this week’s “Happy Thanksgiving” Carnival of Space, we jet over to the excellent Tiny Mantras website, hosted by Tracy Zollinger Turner. Be sure to check out all the space blogosphere has to offer; everything from buried glaciers on Mars, Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-126 space station “home improvements” mission, using Uranus as a source of energy, to Astroengine’s musings about whether the “search for life” is a worth-while cause. Be sure to check it out, there’s way more cosmic goodness where that came from!

Enjoy! Cheers, Ian

Carnival of Space Week 80 – Starts With A Bang!

There is a decidedly festive theme about this week’s Carnival over at Ethan Siegel’s astrophysics blog. Somehow, he’s managed to associate each blog’s CoS posting with something from Thanksgiving – from turkeys to beer to homemade baked macaroni and cheese to a sickly-looking dessert… it’s all there with each post from around the space blogosphere scattered like tinsel over the proceeds.

If anything, go to Starts With A Bang! with your notebook ready, you’ll get some fine cooking tips. And if you don’t know what a Turducken-style turkey is, you’d better read on… it’s a feast for the eyes and I’m suddenly feeling very, very hungry!

Back to the space stuff, for Astroengine’s part, I sent the announcement about my new radio show, Astroengine Live. In fact the next show will be the day before Thanksgiving, but I won’t be trying to compete with Ethan’s Carnival, it looks like he’ll be having way too much fun!

Cheers, Ian

Carnival of Space Week 79 – One Astronomer’s Noise

Our CoS #79 host Nicole's tribute to Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.
"Ellie, still waiting for E.T. to call?" Our CoS #79 host Nicole's tribute to Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.

One astronomer’s noise is another astronomer’s data,” is the quote from Nicole’s One Astronomer’s Noise website and I can’t think of a better way to kick off this week’s superb Carnival of Space. You’ll find international plans to move mankind off-Earth, some impressive terrestrial craters, a singing Saturn and the uses for inflatable solar sails in space.

This week, I felt the need to chat about one of my favourite regions of the Solar System, the Kuiper Belt. The objects in this icy location are a source of mystery, bettered only by the Oort Cloud (which is probably there, but we can’t see it, thereby making Oort Cloud Objects even more mysterious). So I gave a quick run-down of my favourite five Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), and the number one slot went to a highly unlikely candidate (you’ll be shocked!).

Anyhow, great carnival Nicole! I love your site and your profile’s striking resemblance to a certain Jodie Foster film

Carnival of Space Week 78 – Simostronomy

The Carnival of Space #78
The Carnival of Space #78

This week’s CoS has just been posted by Mike Simonsen at Simostronomy. Mike is a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) and is part of the AAVSO Writers Bureau – a great resource for astronomers and a very interesting organization for anyone with an interest in all things variable…

So, Mike kicks us off with the 78th Carnival, with a clutch of dazzling space blog articles from across the web. For my part, I submitted the rather entertaining story about The Hills girls trying to grasp what the LHC is all about (I don’t think they’ll be mentioning particle accelerators again any time soon!). It makes for a great read, so go and check it out!

Carnival of Space Week 77 – Tomorrow is Here

Admiral Kirk (William Shatner at his best) removes his specs, Lt. Saavik (an impossibly young Kirstie Alley) looks scared.... it could only be The Wrath of Kahn, the classic 1982 Star Trek movie.
Admiral Kirk (William Shatner at his best) removes his specs, Lt. Saavik (an impossibly thin young Kirstie Alley) looks scared.... it could only be The Wrath of Kahn, the classic 1982 Star Trek movie.

For this week’s edition of the Carnival of Space, Tim Neale at the Tomorrow is Here takes us on a journey from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn, to Dave Mosher’s review of BLAST!, to Astropixie’s spooky skies, and all the way to building interstellar beacons with Centauri Dreams (amongst a hoard of other quality articles from the space blogosphere).

From, I added the article that paralysed my website for an afternoon earlier this week, One-Way Mission to Mars: Top 5 Items to Pack – enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

Carnival of Space Week 75 – Lounge of the Lab Lemming

Week 75’s foray into the space blogosphere is being hosted over at the imaginatively titled Lounge of the Lab Lemming with Charles Magee. This week, we have everything from our wobbling Earth, to launching rockets (congratulations KySat!!), an entertaining look at a day in the life of Comet Holmes (“What Up, Holmes?” – Dave, you are the original physics comic genius…) and for Astroengine’s part, I dusted off the conspiracy gloves and got fiddling with the allegations that China had faked the whole space walk. At first I thought I’d be the one to discover my very own real conspiracy… but it wasn’t to be. The space walk happened, and there was no need for Planet X…

Get over to the Lab Lemming and see what he has to say about the rest of the Universe…


Carnival of Space Week 74 – Kentucky Space

The Kentucky Space logo
The Kentucky Space logo

This week’s Carnival is being hosted by Wayne Hall at Kentucky Space (KySat), an organization with an aggressive orbital agenda and punchy space flight motto: “fly stuff.” To be honest, this should be the motto for NASA… flying stuff around space is something we should be doing, all the time. Just because we can. If a non-profit organization can do it on a shoestring budget, we should be seeing more commercial ventures like SpaceX popping up all over the world. Here’s to hoping!

In addition to Week 74 of the carnival, Kentucky Space are currently preparing for the sub-orbital launch of one of their payloads from the Mojave Desert tomorrow! So be sure to keep an eye on their site.

For my part, I am very thankful to Wayne for adding my article about naked singularities right at the top of the Carnival. Awesome CoS, be sure to check out all this week’s entries