Monthly Archives: April 2010

A memorable afternoon. Meeting Jayant Narlikar & Halton Arp

Prof. Jayant Narlikar is visiting the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching this week. Today he gave a very interesting seminar on a project he led, for the search of micro-organisms in the stratosphere. You may remember that Jayant ...

The 42m E-ELT goes to Cerro Armazones – Chile!

ESO's Director General has just announced that the 42m E-ELT will be built on Cerro Armazones, Chile. For more details see the ESO press release.  This is some 30km away from Cerro Paranal. So, South America will host the largest ...

Happy Earth Day 2010 – Earth"Spheres" from Space

Today is the 40th Earth Day, a great opportunity to remind us that our planet is unique and should be taken care of. Each of us can help by small actions which could save energy, water and other resources. Recent ...

Walking on the Moon

This month has been designated Global Astronomy Month, those of us who were involved in 100 Hours of Astronomy and couldn't get enough so here we are now taking a walk on the Moon with the Virtual Telescope during the ...

Venus: Another volcanically active world?

Dear Planetary enthusiasts, Over the past week, we may have heard a lot about a famous volcano in Iceland, named Eyjafjallajokull, which forced more than 64,000 flights between Europe and the rest of the world to be canceled and affected the vacation ...

SETICon in the Bay Area, California (Aug 13-15 2010)

The SETI Institute announced recently that the first SETICon will be held on August 13-15 2010 at Santa Clara in California.  This event is dedicated to the general public and will give  the possibility to meet the SETI Institute scientists ...

The Stone Sundial finally sees the Sun

You might remember last summer I had installed a stone sundial. Well, during the Easter vacations I finally found the time to complete it. After we had put it in place on the southerly wall of my friend's house, I have ...

Corot-9b: Did COROT discover a Pandora-like world?

Hello, I was in Europe last month to attend a workshop on asteroid size and shape and also to visit my colleagues at the observatoire de Paris. It was a very useful trip and the timing was perfect since the COROT ...

Life at the SETI Institute: Meet myself :)

NB: I found this post in my draft mailbox. I apparently never published it (written in Jan 2010) Hello dear readers, I am still working on my post about the year 2011 budget, but it should be ready this weekend. In the ...

Halfway Around

WISE has passed 50 percent coverage of the sky on day 100 of 2010.