Well it's been a long time coming, but Urban Astronomer is finally hosting a Carnival of Space. This will be the 306th Carnival and for anybody who's gotten this far without knowing what a Carnival of Space is, it's a weekly collection of the most interesting news from around the web on space science and astronomy. Compilation follows:
At the top of the list is long-time home of the Carnival, Universe Today with news about observations of Asteroid 1998 QE2 by the Arecibo Observatory, and how it might be unlike any asteroid we've seen before near Earth.
Pamela Hoff from Everyday Spacer presents Around Town, which posts feature ‘quickie’ notes about activities that you can do locally or online. We want to let you know about as many different things out there that you can do – often, right where you are – and sometimes just for taking the time to go look.
Ian Musgrave from AstroBlog writes about the recent line-up of Mercury, Venus and the Moon - fully illustrated with his own photoraphy.
From the Spanish language blog Vega 0.0: Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory in Almeria (Spain), the most important of the Continental Europe, will suffer a reduction of 67% in the yearly budget , limiting its operational capacity to only a telescope. [Article in spanish]
The project team for the Chandra X-ray orbital telescope reports on one of their most recent discoveries: Black Hole Bonanza Turns Up In Galaxy Next Door. They also offer a guest post by Robin Barnard, who is currently a research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Robin writes a very entertaining piece on Black Hole Hunting In The Andromeda Galaxy.
"Here, There & Everywhere", a NASA sponsored project which brings science outreach displays to community centres and libraries, recently ran special programs at the Westland Public Library
Join host Ray Sanders (Dear Astronomer blog) for the season one finale of The Cosmic Ray Show. Featured guests include the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait, Meteorite Man Geoff Notkin, and musical guest James Olmos.
The Meridiani Journal reports on news from Mars: Scientists confirm Curiosity rover’s discovery of ancient Martian streambed
Finally, Brian Wang from Next Big Future contributes three technology articles:
Finally, this carnival was posted a little later than I'd planned because I was distracted by CosmoQuest's 32 hour Hangout-a-thon. As we've said before on these pages, Urban Astronomer is a big fan of CosmoQuest, and would strongly urge anybody with an interest in space science, astronomy, education or science outreach, to help them with their finding crisis and make a donation. But whether you do or not, you can catch up on 32 hours(!!!) worth of fundraisong Hangout-a-thon at the AstroSphereVids youtube channel. Highly recommended - see Nicole Gugliucci and Pam Gay remain chipper, upbeat, and slightly manic after 32 hours straight broadcasting!
And that's the Carnival of Space! As with most carnival editors, I will keep submissions open right up until the next edition, so if you have anything you would like to see featured on this page, mail me a link and a summary to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it for you.