Monthly Archives: September 2011

An ELT made of cardboard in your garden?

I am calling myself a Planetary Astronomer, essentially because I use ground-based telescopes to study our solar system bodies. Even if I often write posts on this blog  about the wonderful results brought to us by space missions, space stations ...

UARS reentry visible from the Bay Area and elsewhere…?

If you have been following the news about space over the past 5 days, you may have heard about this gigantic 6.5-ton satellite dedicated to the study of our Earth atmosphere (UARS for  Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) that is supposed ...

Talk about SpaceX and the Dragon Spacecraft at SETI Institute

Join us for the ninth SETI Institute Evening Distinguished Speaker Talk Wednesday night  at 7.00pm at the SETI Institute Headquarters at 189 Bernardo Ave, Mountain View. Abhishek Tripathi, lead for the Dragon to ISS Integration at SpaceX, will give a ...

Kepler-16: Exoplanets around binary star systems DO exist

Kepler-16 is another great discovery coming from the Kepler telescope, the 10th NASA Discovery mission which is devoted to finding Earth-size exoplanets by monitoring variations of brightness due to transit. Today the Kepler team found a circumbinary exoplanet, an exoplanet ...