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Original Subject: Universe Today #249, June 5th, 2000
Original Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2000 10:29:21 -0700
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U N I V E R S E
T O D A Y
Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday.
June 5th, 2000 - Issue #249
An HTML version of this Newsletter is available at:
Would you like to help broadcast an eclipse on the Internet?
On July 16th, 2000 there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse, which will be
visible from a large portion of the West Coast of North America, the
Pacific Ocean, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Most of us won't be able to
see it live, so I'm putting together a network of webcams to broadcast
the event to the geographically challenged. If you'd like to participate,
you need to do three things:
1. Check to see if you'll be in an area for the eclipse:
2. You need to own some kind of camera and video capture software and know
how to put the images on a website. Here are a couple of articles on the
3. Let me know that you want to participate, and I'll get back to you with
instructions on how to take part.
Careful though, eclipse chasing can be addictive.
On a completely unrelated topic:
Here's a cool resource for job seekers. Pierre Oppetit over at Space
Careers has put together a new Jobs Store that is so comprehensive, I
thought I'd give it a quick mention. Pierre combs through the job
postings of every aerospace company and space agency in the industry, and
puts together a listing of all the jobs they have posted (usually in the
300-500 range of jobs). Each week's report costs $2.50, so you only need
to pick up a report when you're actively searching for a new career.
Check it out: http://www.spacelinks.com/JobsStore.html?ut
Now, onto the news...
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Compton Crashes Back to Earth
* NASA Signs Multimedia Contract
* Astronomers Discover Star Collisions Could Be Common
COMPTON CRASHES BACK TO EARTH
The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory became a molton mass of shrieking metal
as it plunged through the atmosphere Sunday morning, and rained debris
into the Pacific Ocean - a job well done. The observatory was crashed on
purpose by NASA to prevent a future unpredictable crash should it lose
another gyro. Sunday death ends nine years of ground breaking gamma ray
research. At least it looks like everything went safely.
NASA SIGNS MULTIMEDIA CONTRACT
NASA has announced a "$100 million deal" with Californian company
Dreamtime, to produce high-definition TV footage of shuttle missions. The
deal doesn't include any cash, but Dreamtime will sell the images it
produces to commercial interests. NASA solicited proposals 6 months ago
for this project, and selected Dreamtime out of 12 candidates.
ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER STAR COLLISIONS COULD BE COMMON
Astronomers used to thing that collisions between stars happened very
rarely, but new evidence by a team from Villanova University indicate
they may happen all the time, with catastrophic results. The collisions
are far more likely for stars at the center of a galaxy than the outer
reaches (where our sun is located). Some researchers believe that these
colliding stars could be the cause of giant gamma ray explosions.
EXCELLENT SPACE LINKS!
AlienResistance.org - http://www.AlienResistance.org
Biblical perspectives and counseling relating to the abduction phenomenon.
Sheffield Astronomical Society, UK - http://www.saqqara.demon.co
Delivering astronomy to the residents around the Sheffield area in the
Western Colorado Astronomy Club - http://www.wic.net/WCAC
pictures by members and links to others, articles and much more
B~Hive Cafe/Eyes on Space - http://www.geocities.com/area51/lair/1885
Updates from Way Outer Space, Mission out of Control, Space Debris, Pic of
Month, Conspiracy Corner, Final Cut
Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio - http://radio.cbc.ca/programs/quirks
Program information, science links and all recent episodes in Real Audio
CBC's national science radio program.
Planet Mars Home Page - http://personalwebs.myriad.net/tgunn
Worldwide Non-Government Mars Settlement Project
Rotary Rocket Company - http://www.rotaryrocket.com
Miami University Astronomy Club - http://www.muohio.edu/~astro
Links to useful sites plus current event information and pictures.
Glens Astronomical Page - http://www.goliver.freeserve.co.uk
General Astronomy, Telescope making, Deepsky observing.
Cosmic Images - http://www.netsync.net/users/ronccd
This site displays recent lunar, planetary and deep space images taken at
Night Sky Over the Palm Beaches at the South Florida - http://www.sfsm
a daily live tour of south Florida skies.
ALL THE RIGHT STUFF - http://www.alltherightstuff.com
Unique space themed toys, gifts, party supplies, inflatables and more.
Torun Centre for Astronomy - http://www.astri.uni.torun.pl
Torun Center for Astronomy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Meteoritics and Planetary Science - http://www.uark.edu/meteor
International journal of planetary science. Primary research and invited
Astrophysics at Very Small Angles - http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~cgwinn
Gravity and pulsars at the smallest angular scales.
Dunsink Observatory - http://www.dunsink.dias.ie
Ireland's oldest scientific institution, founded in 1783.
Star Leaper - http://sites.netscape.net/oinosakai
The Internet magazine of Scifaiku-- Science Fiction haiku poetry.
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