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 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…

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 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 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