Carnival Of The Space Geeks (The Lunar Edition)

by Darnell Clayton Email

Whether you are made out of carbon or silicon, I would like to welcome you to the 89th Carnival of Space, hosted by the Moon Society, an organization dedicated to motivating the masses to reclaim our lunar heritage (which was laid down by our forefathers many moons ago--pun intended).

For the multimedia inclined, be sure to check out "a few" of our videos, as well as Lunarpedia (our wiki).

Now without further delay, here is the 89th Carnival of Space! (which will kick off with entries regarding our current terrestrial home, Earth)

From the Homeworld

Wayne Hall of Kentucky Space predicts that by 2020 every company will be asking "What's our space strategy?," while Brian Wang of Next Big Future dreams about Skylon Space Planes (can you say SSTO!).

Meanwhile the mysterious DJ (from Orbital Hub) discusses gravity mapping with NASA's GRACE, while those of you addicted to "all things Twitter" will enjoy an entry by Robert Simpson (from Orbital Frog) regarding celestial (and terrestrial) objects flying over your city.

Ian Musgrave (from Astroblog) enlightens everyone on how to properly convert the "terrestrial masses" via radio interviews while NASA Education introduces a few Do-It-Yourself podcast tools which may aid teachers attempting to create space disciples (hat tip: David Bigwood).


Our Fair Lady Luna

Do you remember everyone's favorite beagle Snoopy? Well, apparently Snoopy and his owner Charlie Brown have some lunar history beyond the cartoon, which CollectSpace highlights.

Speaking of history, Dr. Bruce Cordell from 21st Century Waves discusses whether our landing lunarside was a random fluke or destiny while Mark Whittington wonders why President Obama chose to read The Moon Over Star to 2nd graders, and whether it reveals his vision for NASA.


The Red Planet (and his side kick Pluto?)

Often seen as the red home of humanity, Mars is one planet that seems to excite the masses. Fortunately we have the technology to observe our crimson neighbor up close, as Emily Lakdawalla (of the Planetary Society) publishes a gorgeous image, courtesy of Hubble.

For some though, seeing images is never enough, which is why Ryan Anderson (from Martian Chronicles) is proposing that we voluntarily exile willing subjects to the Martian surface instead.

While Mars does lack beach front property that one would find on Earth, it does however boast some interesting features ranging from depressions (which Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame enlightens us about) as well as fresh craters which Stuart Atkinson (of Cumbrian Sky) blogs about.

Although Mars is arguably understood by all to be a planet, Pluto seems to have been left out of this exclusive club, which is why Bruce Irving from Music of the Spheres is calling for Pluto to be recognized as a planet (as dwarf planets are planets too--just smaller).

The Celestial And Extraterrestrial (planetwise that is)

Moving on towards deeper space (and darker objects), Kimberly Arcand (of Chandra Blog) posts a fascinating image of a gluttonous black hole. Speaking of black holes, Carolyn Petersen (from the Space Writer) explains how these monsters are formed (which are often at the center of beautiful galaxies such as these).

If anyone has ever wondered why nebula's are sometimes (unfortunately) called Planetary nebula's, Mike Simonsen from Simostronomy will gladly enlighten you.

Those of you seeking out rocky bodies beyond are star system will be delighted to hear that we have spotted yet another exo-planet which Paul Anderson (from Merid iani Journal) notes is twice the size of Earth!

Unfortunately as Dave Mosher from the Space Disco informs everyone, this planet is probably not habitable as its orbit is just a "little too close" to its parent star.


Questions Without Answers (unless you're an alien)

Does humanity hold a special place in the Universe? That's a question that Ethan Siegel (from Starts With A Bang!) is attempting to answer.

Meanwhile Ian O'Neill of AstoEngine explains why any aliens "next door" may not be able to hear us, while Paul Gilster from Centauri Dreams re-examines the Drake Equation (which could explain why we have not found anybody nearby).

Nicole Gugliucci from One Astronomer's Noise blogs about her adventures at SETI while Timothy Neale of Tomorrow Is Here asks the ultimate cosmic question: what was that noise?


Thanks for visiting the 89th Carnival of Space, and for those of you seeking to publish your thoughts upon the next round, feel free to visit Universe Today for details on how to enter.


Comment from: Dave Mosher [Visitor]
Dave MosherThanks for the great Carnival of Space, Darnell! I'll get a post pointing back to this up sometime this weekend.
02/07/09 @ 09:49
Comment from: Laurel Kornfeld [Visitor] Email
Laurel KornfeldBruce Irving is right. The IAU statement that dwarf planets are not planets at all makes no sense and is inconsistent with the use of the term dwarf in astronomy (dwarf stars are still a type of star; dwarf galaxies are still a type of galaxy). Irving is in good company in seeking Pluto's planetary reinstatement, as can be seen from this petition of professional astronomers, some of whom are even now working to see the demotion overturned:
02/07/09 @ 14:28
Comment from: Joel Raupe [Visitor]
Joel RaupeWhile I've never asked to be included in any pretentious illusion of a comprehensive list of lunar bloggers, that is of no concern to anyone.

But any mention of lunar resources that excludes Charles W. Wood's essential Lunar Photograph of the Day (LPOD) is hardly worth it's photons.
02/07/09 @ 19:53
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