Carnival of Space Week 52 – The Anniversary Edition @ Why Homeschool

Babylon 5 space station

One year on, the Carnival of Space has gone from strength to strength. After astroengine hosted the Carnival last week, I realized just how many diverse space blogs there were out there. I counted 30+ entries; trying to organize that huge number of blogs, whilst doing them all justice, is a hard task. This week it seems everyone has been typing hard and finding their best stories for the Anniversary Edition hosted where the Carnival was born one year ago. Week 52 has a science fiction theme, which has given me the perfect opportunity to display a picture of my favourite sci-fi program of all time: Babylon 5. Check out the Why Homeschool blog with Henry Cate for this weeks massive collection of space news from around the web.

I entered Solar Flare, CME and Tsunami Generated by a “Blank Sun” to the Carnival, documenting the recent strange goings on with our Sun…


Carnival of Space Week 51

A view from Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-118 of the station and Earth (NASA)

Hello and welcome to the 51st edition of the Carnival of Space! My name is Ian O’Neill, UK solar physicist and writer for the Universe Today. I am honoured to be hosting the Carnival, so thank you Fraser for letting me loose on seven days-worth of excellent space related news from the growing blogosphere. Astroengine is my online home, delving into the inner workings of the cosmos, so it’s good to freshen the site up with news from a superb cross-section of space blogs.

There is a huge breadth of topics this week with no particular trend, but as Earth Day was on April 22nd, I’ll kick off with the some of the stories a little closer to home (and then end up somewhere in the proximity of the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago). As said by the great Yuri Gagarin, “I see Earth! It is so beautiful!” I begin with our Blue Planet…
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Carnival of Space #50 @KySat


This week’s 50th edition of the Carnival of Space is hosted by Wayne Hall over at KySat in Kentucky. The Kentucky space science movement seems to be in full swing, culminating in the excellent KySat website. This week, we have stories ranging from rocket racing, monkeys in space (my personal favourite!), Saturn’s moon Titan and my contribution: LHC Worries are Based on Fear of the Unknown, not Science.

Superb space science reading from the entire space-science blogosphere, so go and check it out

Carnival of Space #49

It’s that time of the week again, when all the space blogs get together for one almighty shindig, discussing the news, views and opinions on the blogosphere. It’s the Carnival of Space!

This week’s edition is hosted by fellow Englishman Will Gator, science writer for the BBC Sky at Night magazine. The stories are wide-ranging and diverse, and my contributions includes how Wolf-Raynet stars may be gamma ray bursts precursors (with a little help from their neutron star buddies) and I discuss some of the implications behind setting up a distributed Internet on future Mars colonies.

Thanks Will!

Carnival of Space #48

This weeks edition of the Carnival of Space is being housed over at the Next Big Future by futurist Brian Wang. Check out his site, you’ll find many ideas on the future of space technology, nanotechnology, anything to do with advanced concepts and the future. Great stuff.

I entered one article this week, a short discussion about the recent sunspot activity and the implications of the overlap of Solar Cycle 23 and 24… There’s more where that came from…

Carnival of Space #47

In this weeks Carnival, we fly over to The Martian Chronicles for a Mars-themed look at the goings on in the Universe. Some really excellent articles have been posted this week, specifically “Artificial Gravity Via Bigelow Space Stations?” – a good question over at Colony Worlds, “The Science of the Brightest GRB” carries out a superb analysis of the recent gamma ray burst over at the aptly named Starts With A Bang and over at Bad Astronomy, Phil is honoured by having an asteroid named after him

I also submitted a rather “out there” story about all the things you can do with lasers and black holes – great fun! (But is that a white hole horizon or a black hole horizon? If you can’t tell, then what’s the point in worrying about it…?)

Carnival of Space #46

We’ve barely finished reading all the links on Carnival of Space #45 and the 46th edition comes out! In true carnival style, we have a huge variety of stories from a pile of space blogs hosted this time on Riding with Robots. We have stories ranging from a look into how the space elevator concept will work, how the solar observatory, STEREO, might be used to find exoplanets and as we still haven’t heard from those aliens out there, perhaps they’ve chosen to withhold their phone number

From, I’ve submitted another two stories, one about creating your own universe and another about quark nuggets


Carnival of Space #45

The Carnival of Space is a real celebration of astronomical efforts and space-related blogs. Archived on the Universe Today, the Carnival is now on its 45th edition hosted on the excellent Observations from Missy’s Window and I’m proud to have two stories on there: How do you catch a Supernova in the Act? Build a Neutrino Detecting, Early Warning Device and Could Mars Quakes, Seasonal Temperature Changes or a Chance Meteorite Impact Cause Mars Avalanches?.

There is a huge following of space blogs, like, following the developments of current space missions and new discoveries. Space blogs are different in that they present the news, but give a personal spin on what is going on. Far more exciting reading if you ask me, guaranteed to spark debate and awareness of mankind’s efforts in space…