In the August sky

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August will be a very special month to enjoy the night sky. The nights will be rapidly lengthening, and cold fronts will start to occur giving us more clear skies for observing. There will also be two interesting conjunctions, or close pairings, to enjoy. The first one involves the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter that will be very close together before dawn on the morning of August 18. Remember that Jupiter had been in the evening sky until early July. Since then, it has moved quickly past the Sun from our vantage point and into the morning sky. Jupiter should become visible during the second week of August to the lower left of Venus. It will climb rapidly higher and closer to Venus until it passes Venus on August 18. After that day Jupiter will continue to move higher and away from Venus.



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Vantablack – A Material Too Black To See

vantablack-sAccording to The Independent –

A British company has produced a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the “super black” coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss. Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material’s maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.

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Rosetta spacecraft nears ‘rubber ducky’ comet

Global News

TORONTO – It’s not Bruce Willis landing on an asteroid, but it’s still pretty exciting.

On Aug. 6, the Rosetta spacecraft, a joint mission by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will reach its final destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is also being nicknamed the “rubber duckie” comet based on recent images.

As of Tuesday, Rosetta was about 2,000 km from the icy body.

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This isn’t any run-of-the-mill mission: Rosetta will be the first mission to actually send a probe to hitch a ride on the comet.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko imaged on 20 July 2014 by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow angle camera from a distance of about 5,500 km. Based on the this image, many are calling this the "rubber duck" comet. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko imaged on 20 July 2014 by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow angle camera from a distance of about 5,500 km. Based on…

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