Monday, June 30, 2008

Today in History: Tunguska Event


One hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion in the Tunguska region in Western Siberia leveled an area of 2,000 square kilometers. Scientists speculate that Tunguska Event was caused by a meteor or comet impact - although no crater was found.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Send Your Name to the Moon



You can send your name to the Moon for posterity -- Planetary Society now accepts messages to be sent to the Earth's satellite, through the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will be launched on November 24, 2008.

Deadline for submissions is June 27, 2008 and you can sign up at this site.

I already sent mine :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ice on Mars?

The Phoenix lander may have discovered ice on Mars, according to the official Mars Phoenix Twitter.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This Day in History: June 18, 1178


Five English monks in Canterbury may have observed a meteor impact on the surface of the moon, the explosion of which may have created the crater Giordano Bruno.

more here , via Wired.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pluto Gets a New Class


The International Astronomical Union has decreed that Pluto, along with other planetoids that lie beyond Neptune, will now be classified as 'plutoids.'

Currently, only two heavenly bodies qualify for that designation, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, which is only smaller than Pluto, cannot be classified as such because it is located between Mars and Jupiter.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008