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Links 1 through 10 of 14 by Charlie Schick tagged astronomy

"Widely described as the point of no return, the event horizon of SgrA* would be the largest in our skies, but still just 30 microarcseconds across — the apparent size of a tennis ball on the Moon when viewed from Earth. To capture its image would be a stunning technical achievement in itself, but it would also open the door to further studies of how black holes spin and gather material, as well as probing some fundamental aspects of space-time and general relativity. And the first picture taken of our local supermassive black hole — the most enigmatic and charismatic of all the wonders of the Universe — would surely be one of the defining images of the time. It might even knock everyday trouble and strife from the front pages, and perhaps even, for a while, from people's minds."

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"Astronomy, the oldest science, is one of the few that still has ample room for citizen scientists. We can't all build particle accelerators or experiment with gene splicing, but anyone can participate here."

About Galaxy Zoo.

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"SkyScoutThe Celestron SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more."

Wicked. I'd use it every night.

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"Bill Nye "The Science Guy" was booed in Waco, Texas in 2006 for suggesting the Moon did not generate its own light, but reflected light from the sun. "
via @rvidal

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Interesting, but still not convinced if a rock at about 1AU is a requirement.

"The Holy Grail of current exoplanet research is the detection of a rocky, Earth-like planet in the 'habitable zone,'" said Michel Mayor, an astrophysicist at Geneva University in Switzerland."

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