Monthly Archives: February 2011

Planet Formation in Action?

Amazing results from my friend Nuria Huélamo and her collaborators .... From the ESO website: "Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope an international team of astronomers has been able to study the short-lived disc of material around a young star that ...

Early Saturday’s thoughts of a [mature] astronomer

Every year here in Garching there is a workshop organized by the International Max Planck Research School for Astrophysics (IMPRS for short). The purpose is to give the chance to brilliant undergraduate students to participate to the IMPRS programme and ...

Last call for WISE

Today (Feb 17, 2011) at 20h UT I sent the command to turn off the WISE telemetry transmitter. No further telemetry passes are currently planned. The telescope interface flange temperature has risen to 184.1 K (from 73.5 K) due ...

A Valentine night with Tempel-1 ?

Today is the night of Valentine day, I am not particularly romantic but I always tried to do something special for this day. Unfortunately, this year Valentine day is a disaster since I have several deadlines including an important paper ...

Cosmic Diary Blog hosted at the SETI Institute

An important update for our readers. You may have noticed a lack of activity over the few days on this blog and a significant change in the speed access of this blog. The Cosmic Diary web site is now hosted at ...

A landslide of Kepler Exoplanet Candidates

There will be a before and after Kepler Era in astronomy. Today, with the release of 1,202 exoplanet candidates from data collected with the Kepler spacecraft over 140 days of observation, we have just entered in a new age of ...

WISE is shutting down

WISE has completed its survey of the main belt of asteroids and is going into hibernation mode today. While it is sad to see a functioning space infrared telescope shut down, WISE has observed the whole sky - twice! ...