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Old November 24th, 2019, 02:09 AM   #4881
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New telescope in the southern sky!

Lesser Nusa Tenggara islands group is relatively drier than the rest of Indonesia, so it's also the best area for a telescope. When this new observatory will be finished, together with the spaceport in Biak, all of Indonesian main astronomical infrastructures will be located in the eastern part.

A New Era of Indonesian Space, Largest Observatory in Southeast Asia Founded
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Indonesia will enter a new era of space, marked by the start of the construction of a modern astronomical observatory on Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara by the National Institute of Aviation and Space (LAPAN). From information on the LAPAN website, the groundbreaking of the observatory construction has been carried out by LAPAN’s Deputy for Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Afif Budiyono on November 29, 2018. The facility is predicted to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

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The eastern part of Indonesia is considered the most profitable location for the construction of new astronomical observatories. Despite the challenges of cloud cover in Indonesia, which are on average quite high, meteorological research has found that the best area might be in the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) region. Measurements show the area for development on Mount Timau which has a height of about 1,300 meters above sea level with the brightness of the night sky in the region reaching 70 percent which is an important aspect for astronomical observations and research.

The observatory is owned by LAPAN, but the project is a collaboration between LAPAN, ITB, UNDANA, NTT Government and Kupang Regency. It is hoped that the observatory will be operational by 2021 and will be open to national and international collaboration.

In addition to the area on Mount Timau, a central office and science center will also be built in Tilong, near Kupang City, NTT. The science center will provide direct benefits and reach out to the local community and provide education.

The main telescope proposed to be installed at the Timau National Observatory in Indonesia is the 3.8 meter optical telescope which is a twin brother of the Seimei Telescope at the Okayama Observatory, Kyoto University, Japan. The telescope can cover 95% of the sky. the area will also have a 1.2 meter telescope, two twin 50 cm observation telescopes and a 30 cm telescope for solar observation. Several telescopes are planned to be operated using remote control to avoid problems with difficult access to the area. Not only that, the future observatory will also be equipped with radio telescopes – still under discussion – that can provide multi-wavelength and high-resolution data.

The 3.8 m telescope will be equipped with an ultra-sensitive CCD camera and medium-resolution spectrograph that will be suitable for future research that leads to research on the formation and evolution of star clusters from chemical dynamics and perspectives and the relationship between stellar physics and interstellar medium. This telescope can also be used for other fields of astrophysics, such as the characterization of exoplanets, stars like the sun and the dynamic and chemical properties of nearby galaxies.
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With the availability of these facilities, it is considered to be very profitable because asteroid observations are lacking in the Southeast Asian region. Research collaborations with other institutions have also been made, such as plans for developing sustainable instrumentation with Kyoto University and there is also a robotic telescope development plan in collaboration with the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University.
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Old November 25th, 2019, 04:16 PM   #4882
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The robotic arm on NASA's InSight Mars lander is pinning a heat flow probe, or mole, to one side of a hole it's created in the surface, increasing friction enough for the mole to burrow deeper. (Photos/NASA)





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Old November 29th, 2019, 03:12 PM   #4883
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China sent a new Earth observation satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Shanxi Province at 7:52 a.m. Thursday (Beijing Time).







The satellite, Gaofen-12, was launched aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 320th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series. As part of the country's high-definition earth observation project, the microwave remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of better than a meter. Gaofen-12 will be used in land surveys, urban planning, road network design and crop yield estimate, as well as disaster relief. It can also serve projects along the Belt and Road. (...all Photos: China News Service/ Zheng Taotao)

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Chinese astronomers discover unexpected huge stellar black hole



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Liu Jifeng (1st R Back), deputy director-general of the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and the first author of the study, speaks during a press conference of the black hole LB-1 discovered with the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopy Telescope (LAMOST), in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 27, 2019. A Chinese-led research team has discovered a surprisingly huge stellar black hole about 14,000 light years from Earth -- our "backyard" of the universe -- forcing scientists to re-examine how such black holes form. The team, headed by Liu Jifeng, spotted the black hole, which has a mass 70 times greater than the Sun. Researchers named the monster black hole LB-1.
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Old December 3rd, 2019, 10:00 AM   #4885
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A paper published earlier this month in Nature Astronomy finds statistical preference/evidence for a spherical (a 4-D sphere) universe; so a closed universe. Einstein's GR theory allows for the possibility of a flat, hyperbolic, or closed universe.

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Old December 6th, 2019, 10:56 PM   #4886
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Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (Photo/Agencies)

SpaceX launched a 6000-pound shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts’ emotions and a miniature version of a brewery’s malt house.








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China confirms satellite launch after military rocket’s ‘dragon’s tail’ stirs online speculation

Two rockets launched from mobile vehicle that could rapidly replace Chinese satellites in orbit if they are damaged or attacked


One of the KZ1A rockets blasts off. Photo: Xinhua

China launched seven civilian satellites on Saturday using mobile launch vehicles normally used to fire military rockets, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The first launch in the morning sent one remote sensing satellite into orbit, while six satellites – to be used for purposes such as communications and navigation – were sent into orbit in the evening.
The second launch from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre created a mysterious zigzag shaped “dragon cloud” that, thanks to clear skies over northern China, was visible from Beijing – 500km to the east, which stirred speculation on social media.

The satellites were launched using KZ-1As rockets, a lightweight solid fuel projectile developed by the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), using technology initially for use by the military.


The vapour trail resembled one from a possible missile test earlier this year. Photo: Handout

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 file photo, a Boeing Starliner spacecraft sits on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After an intensive review, on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, NASA and Boeing managers agreed to a Dec. 20 liftoff. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station.

After an intensive review Thursday, NASA and Boeing managers agreed to a Dec. 20 liftoff.

Just a few technical issues remain to be completed, he noted.

No one will be aboard, just a mannequin named Rosie. Three astronauts will strap in for the second test flight of a Starliner sometime next year.

SpaceX also plans to launch astronauts for NASA next year. The company conducted a test flight without a crew back in March.

NASA turned to the two private companies in 2014 to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

Whether Boeing or SpaceX, it will be the first time U.S. astronauts rocket to orbit from home soil in nearly nine years. The longer-than-anticipated hiatus stretches back to NASA's last space shuttle flight in July 2011. NASA astronauts have been stuck riding Russian rockets in the interim.

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket will provide the Starliner's lift from Cape Canaveral, a little before sunrise. The capsule will parachute into New Mexico on Dec. 28 to close out the flight.

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In pics: Planetarium opens to public for trial operation in Lhasa
Visitors are seen at a planetarium in Lhasa, Dec. 14, 2019. An planetarium opened its door to the public for trial operation in Lhasa on Saturday.














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Japan names planet-star duo after Okinawan, Ainu cultures


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The international authority responsible for naming celestial objects announced its shortlist for 100 pairs of exoplanets and stars, including two names from Japan: Chura and Kamui.

"Chura" means beautiful in the Okinawan language, while "Kamui" means god in the language of the indigenous Ainu people.

The Paris-based International Astronomical Union held the naming campaign as part of its centennial celebration.

The results were announced Dec. 17.

More than 100 countries and regions participated in the initiative, with each asked to name an exoplanet and host star.

Japan was assigned the star "HD145457," which is 410 light-years from Earth toward the Corona Borealis (Northern Crown), and a nearby exoplanet. The giant gas body, roughly the size of Jupiter, was discovered by astronomers using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and others in 2010.

Japan proposed Chura and Kamui for the exoplanet and star, respectively.

The names were selected by a national committee that sought input from the public.

Of about 700 entries, the panel chose names that convey respect for and awe of nature.

The names will be universally used.
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That's cool. My one comment would be that I wish they'd stop naming planets after gods. It's archaic and only perpetuates deities.
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Maybe Marvel superheroes and Pokemons then?
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A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) blasts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Dec. 16, 2019. The launch marked 24 medium earth orbit satellites in the BDS-3 have all been successfully sent into space, and the deployment of the core BDS-3 constellation system has been completed, according to Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BDS. (Photo by Guo Wenbin/Xinhua)
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A new satellite, jointly developed by China and Brazil, was sent into space on Friday, pushing forward the aerospace cooperation between the two countries, according to the China National Space Administration.



The China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A was launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11:22 a.m. Friday Beijing Time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province.





The satellite is the sixth satellite under the earth resource satellite cooperation program between the two countries. It will obtain global optical remote-sensing data and support the Brazilian government's monitoring of the Amazon rainforest and the country's environmental changes. (Photo: China News Service/He Meng)
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After successful Atlas V lift, Boeing's Starliner failed to make an orbital insertion to rendezvous with the ISS due to a clock error on the ship during a gap in TDRS satellite coverage.
Starliner will make a landing in 48 hours in White Sands instead.
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The commercial suborbital carrier rocket Tansuo-1 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Dec. 25, 2019. The commercial suborbital carrier rocket Tansuo-1 developed by a private Chinese company was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Wednesday.





The rocket can serve purposes of meteorological observation, microgravity testing as well as satellite payload experiments. It was the maiden flight of the first rocket developed by the company. (Photos by Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua)
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Anybody know if there is any open attitude space flight forum anywhere ?
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Anybody know if there is any open attitude space flight forum anywhere ?
Most forums out there are pretty open in their attitude in my opinion. Not sure if the specific type of openness you seem to be looking for can be found anywhere, though...
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