Saturday, February 25, 2012

LITS NEWS: Planet Alignment Tonight; Rogue Planets; Space Elevator

Planet Alignment: Jupiter, Venus and more, tonight!
The planets as seen on February 24, 2012 (early evening).

I saw something last night that was simply awesome... Jupiter and Venus lined up with the moon.

I pulled out my smart phone, pulled up my app called Google Sky Map (how did I ever live without it?) and not only did it show Jupiter and Venus lined up to my west, it also showed Uranus and Mercury (below the moon). 

To the far east was Mars, just beginning to rise above the horizon.  Now how cool is that?

What you can't see until much later, is Saturn. You'll have to wait till late night/ early morning to get a view of the ringed planet.

But wait, more to come!  Tonight should be quite a spectacle.  Please check this out at
Jupiter, Venus & Moon Line Up This Weekend: How to Watch Online

And for you astronomy buffs out there, I just have to add the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society website, it's awesome.

So be sure to check out the night sky tonight and if you can't, you will still be able to see it live-online and in photos!

-Sunny Williams/LITS


Nomad Alien Planets May Fill Our Milky Way Galaxy

Our Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets that ramble through space instead of being locked in orbit around a star, a new study suggests.

These "nomad planets" could be surprisingly common in our bustling galaxy, according to researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), a joint institute of Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The study predicts that there may be 100,000 times more of these wandering, homeless planets than stars in the Milky Way.

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Space Elevator, Going Up

According to The Daily Yomiuri, Tokyo construction company, Obayashi Corporation, hopes to erect a space elevator by 2050. As a doff of the cap to our British readers, the space lift would ferry passengers and cargo along a carbon nanotube ribbon from a terrestrial terminal to a spaceport nearly a quarter of the way to the moon.

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