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I've been fascinated by hurricanes ever since I lived in Florida as a kid. Anything that helps us predict them more accurately sounds good to me.
 
The same GPS technology that helps you get where you’re going in a car will soon be used in space to improve hurricane forecasting. The technology is a key capability in a our mission called the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) currently in development.

CYGNSS, set to launch in 2016, will use eight micro-satellites to measure wind speeds over the ocean, increasing the ability of scientists to understand hurricanes. For more on the mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/cygnss

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'Bent time' tips pulsar out of view http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30752288

"A pulsar is a small but improbably dense neutron star - the collapsed remnant of a supernova.

"“They pack more mass than our Sun has in a sphere that’s only 10 miles across,” said the study’s lead author Joeri van Leeuwen, from the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron).

"When they occur as binaries, neutron stars come hard up against Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and should generate space-time ripples called gravitational waves, which astronomers hope one day to detect.

"This particular specimen, Pulsar J1906, popped up unexpectedly during a survey Dr van Leeuwen and colleagues were conducting at the Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico."


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One of deep space's spinning "lighthouses" fades from view as it warps space-time, tilting its radio beams away from Earth.
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A primer about meteors, etc. Includes a calendar of major showers this year.

http://planetary-science.org/astronomy/solar-system/meteors-and-meteorites/

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Little chunks of rock and debris in space are called meteoroids. They become meteors — or shooting stars — when they fall through a planet's atmosphere; leaving a bright trail as they are heated to incandescence by the friction of the atmosphere. Pieces that survive the journey and hit the ...
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"The new Comet Lovejoy should glow at 4th magnitude in the second and third weeks of January, when it will be nicely placed high in the moonless dark for your binoculars or telescope. It'll be dimly visible to the unaided eye under dark-sky conditions — if you know exactly where to look!" - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/#sthash.TPRSEMeO.dpuf

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Comet Lovejoy should brighten from 5th magnitude in late December 2014 to 4th in January 2015, high in a dark sky for the Northern Hemisphere.
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Thsnks, +James Carlson​ , noted.
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Glossary Term of the Day!
Dwarf: Any star with a radius comparable to, or smaller than that of the Sun (including the sun itself).
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For my sister. It's been three weeks. I miss you so very much.
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33 names from the previous round are moving forward. Now is the time to vote for the one that gets sent to the IAU!

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"Two of the discoveries announced, Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, are especially intriguing, as they are the most comparable to the Earth size-wise of any exoplanets yet discovered."

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New Finds From Kepler: 8 New Worlds Discovered in the Habitable Zone

A fascinating set of finds was announced today at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), currently underway this week in Seattle, Washington. A team of astronomers announced the discovery of eight new planets potentially orbiting their host stars in their respective habitable zones. 

http://www.universetoday.com/117881/new-finds-from-kepler-8-new-worlds-discovered-in-the-habitable-zone/
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I know I will be making an effort this year! Time to look at the showers with my own eyes instead of cameras.
 
This weekend, check out the Quadrantids, the full moon, five planets and maybe a cool comet.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is arguably one of the most quizzical phenomena of its kind: Not only is it the traditional opener for each year's shooting-star...
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Look up a little more this year! #astronomy  
Look to the skies in 2015 to see total eclipses, amazing planets and meteor showers. Here are some of the most noteworthy skywatching events coming up next year. Space.com will provide more extensive coverage of most of these events as they draw closer.
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Went to Vegas for a hockey tournament and took a few pics.
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Wife, mother, geek girl, Earthling. Recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in physics (double minors in math and astronomy).  Likes include: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Astronomy, Music, Dance, and Crafts. Dislikes include: Haters, ignorance, mean people, tomatoes and mushrooms. Proud member of the #GGBC and long-time resident of #c.
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  • San José State University
    Physics, 2012 - 2015
  • Foothill College
    Physics, 2009 - 2012
  • West Valley College
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