Space Calendar August 3 – August 9 2009

Space related activities and anniversaries for August 3 – August 9 2009. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision

NASA scientists have interrupted the checkout and calibration of the Hubble Space Telescope to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. The spot, caused by the impact of a comet or an asteroid, is changing day to day in the planet’s cloud tops.

Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision

For the past several days the world’s largest telescopes have been trained on Jupiter. Not to miss the potentially new science in the unfolding drama 360 million miles away, Space Telescope Science Institute director Matt Mountain allocated discretionary time to a team of astronomers led by Heidi Hammel of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The Hubble picture, taken on July 23, is the sharpest visible-light picture taken of the impact feature. The observations were made with Hubble’s new camera, the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

[SOURCE: hubblesite.org]

Space Calendar July 27 – August 2 2009

Space related activities and anniversaries for July 27 – August 2 2009. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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World’s Largest Telescope Acts Like Big Bucket

A new telescope scheduled to be inaugurated this week on Spain’s Canary Islands holds the title as the world’s largest, but contenders are gathering in the wings.

World's Largest Telescope Acts Like Big Bucket

The Gran Telescopio Canarias, or GTC for short, has 10.4 meters (34 feet) of mirrors for collecting faint light from distant objects.

“Basically, a telescope mirror functions like a bucket in the rain: The larger the bucket, the faster you collect water,” said Michael Richer, an astronomer with Mexico’s Instituto de Astronomia Ensenada, who serves as a scientific advisor for the GTC.

[SOURCE: discovery.com]

Space Calendar July 20 – July 26 2009

Space related activities and anniversaries for July 20 – July 26 2009. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Space Calendar July 13 – July 19 2009

Space related activities and anniversaries for July 13 – July 19 2009. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Space Calendar July 6 – July 12 2009

Space related activities and anniversaries for July 6 – July 12 2009. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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