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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.
August 3, 2000 - Issue #284
An HTML version of this newsletter including pictures is available at:
A note from the publisher,
I'm going to try an experiment in this newsletter. If you take a look at
the stories, I've added links back to the Universe Today newsletter story
archive and directory of space links. So, if you're interested in a topic
and want to see the full story thread, or if you're interested in the
general topic, and want to find related websites, that's what these extra
links are for.
I've been doing this one the website for several months now, but this is
the first time I've put them into the newsletter. So, it's up to you,
gentle reader, to decide the fate of this feature.
Handy links for engaging research or eye-gouging clutter? Let me know.
It's a little known secret that I respond to all the email - usually
pretty quickly. Go ahead, test me. I dare you.
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Wobbling Pulsar Analyzed by Jodrell Bank
* Japanese Space Shuttle Program Halted
* Hubble Captures New Images of Globular Star Cluster
WOBBLING PULSAR ANALYZED BY JODRELL BANK
Astronomers using the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory
have discovered a wobbling pulsar - PSR B1828-11. Like many pulsars, this
supernova remnant is the size of a city, weighs a million times the mass
of the Earth, and spins 2. 5 times/second. But unlike any previously
discovered pulsar, it wobbles like a slowing top, with a period of 1000
days. This wobbling was discovered by analyzing 13 years of data
collected by the observatory.
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/news/neutronstar/">Jodrell Bank Press Release
JAPANESE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM HALTED
An unmanned Japanese version of the space shuttle, called the Hope-X, has
been put on hold while the Japanese space agency determines what launch
vehicle it will use. The Hope-X was originally designed to be launched
with on an H-2 rocket, but recent launch mishaps of the rocket have
forced NASDA to reconsider. An alternative being considered is to launch
the shuttle on the back of a reusable jet plane. Already 4 years behind
schedule, the Hope-X was supposed to fly its first mission by 2004.
HUBBLE CAPTURES NEW IMAGES OF GLOBULAR STAR CLUSTER
The Hubble Space Telescope recently took stunning new images of the
globular star cluster M15. Located 40,000 light years away, in the
direction of the constellation of Pegasus, M15 is a spherical association
of hundreds of thousands of stars. These new Hubble images are designed
to show the stars of the cluster in their true colours - from cooler
orange and red stars to hot blue and white stars. The image also contains
a rare planetary nebula.
A few more astronomy clubs, web pages and space societies.
Rick Keil's Astrophotography - http://www.geocities.com/rnmkeil/
Astronomy and astrophotography with a Meade 8" LX50. Also included are
some helpful hints and modifications to the LX50, along with a lot of
very informative links.
Astronomes Amateurs du Luxembourg - http://www.aal.lu
Luxembourg's only amateur astronomy association. Founded in 1971, now
counting more than 160 members. Bringing people into contact with
astronomy is the main goal of our association. This is why we organise
introductory courses in school classes and offer telescope observations
to people at selected sites throughout the country. Our website includes
information about our activities, upcoming sky events, as well as
frequently updated astronomy news, links, gallery and a special solar
Tar River Astronomy Club - http://www.mindspring.com/~midniterider/Mypage.htm
Tar River Astronomy Club - Rocky Mount, NC. Meets the first Tuesday of
each month at 7:00 at NC Weslyan College, Rm 210 Gravely Hall. Our next
star party will be Sep 31st.
Galactic Images - http://www.galacticimages.com
Visit Galactic Images & The Chumack Observatory website to view some of
the beautiful deep space & comet photographs taken by a Professional
Astrophotographer. The site offers a very large image archive, and many
museum quality fully framed and unframed astronomical photographs, with
sizes up to 32x40.
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