Space http://www.kunc.org en What's A 'Camelopardalis' And Where Can I See It? http://www.kunc.org/post/whats-camelopardalis-and-where-can-i-see-it <p>Look up Colorado, and you may witness the birth of a new meteor shower late Friday night. That’s when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named Linear.</p><p>The shower’s name <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/watchtheskies/how-to-say-camelopardalids.html" target="_blank">is a tongue twister</a>: Camelopardalids. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jackie Fortier 56867 at http://www.kunc.org What's A 'Camelopardalis' And Where Can I See It? There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://www.kunc.org/post/theres-blood-moon-eclipse-tonight-will-you-be-able-see-it It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:36:57 +0000 Scott Neuman 55426 at http://www.kunc.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel http://www.kunc.org/post/ethicists-tell-nasa-how-weigh-hazards-space-travel NASA is hoping to soon venture out farther into space than ever before. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 55114 at http://www.kunc.org Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend http://www.kunc.org/post/space-thief-or-hero-one-mans-quest-reawaken-old-friend More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft.<p>Now he's trying to give it back.<p>The green satellite, covered with solar panels, is hurtling back toward the general vicinity of Earth, after nearly three decades of traveling in a large, looping orbit around the sun.<p>If Farquhar, a former mission design specialist for NASA, gets his way, the agency will command the spacecraft to fire its thrusters, veer close to the moon, and slip back into the spot where it was intended to be when it was launched in 1978 — and where it was when Farquhar and his accomplices "borrowed" it.<p>Bac Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 54742 at http://www.kunc.org Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend Asteroid Belt May Be Just One Big Melting Pot Of Space Rocks http://www.kunc.org/post/asteroid-belt-may-be-just-one-big-melting-pot-space-rocks The asteroid belt, a ring of rubble between Mars and Jupiter, has sometimes been written off as discarded leftovers from the solar system's start. But new research <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7485/full/nature12908.html">published in the journal <em>Nature</em></a> shows that the belt actually formed during an unruly later era, when planets themselves were on the move.<p>For decades, astronomers have thought the belt formed from the same cloud of dust and rock that made our planets. That theory was based on observations of just a few asteroids in the 1980s. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:24:00 +0000 53748 at http://www.kunc.org Asteroid Belt May Be Just One Big Melting Pot Of Space Rocks