Monthly Archives: agosto 2012

Blue Moon

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Friday, August 31: Blue Moon to Light Up Night Sky – La seconda Luna piena di agosto 2012 è “Blue Moon”

Skywatchers should circle Friday (Aug. 31) on their calendars, for the date offers the last chance to see a so-called “blue moon” for nearly three years. The moon reaches its full phase at 9:58 a.m. EDT (1358 GMT) Friday, marking … Continue reading

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“Sweet” Result from ALMA: Building blocks of life found around young star – “Dolce” scoperta: Trovati alcuni elementi costitutivi della vita vicino a una stella giovane

A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star, and the discovery … Continue reading

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#Cygnus Constellation: NASA’s #Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting a Pair of Stars – Kepler scopre sistema planetario orbitante una stella binaria nella Costellazione del Cigno: uno dei pianeti in “zona abitabile”.

NASA’s Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting a Pair of Stars Coming less than a year after the announcement of the first circumbinary planet, Kepler-16b, NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. This … Continue reading

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Neil Alden Armstrong: the first person to walk on the Moon – Il primo uomo che ha camminato sulla Luna

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)

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August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day – Pianeta Terra, 22 agosto 2012: risorse annuali esaurite in 8 mesi

“Blue Marble” – Credit: NASA August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day – In 8 Months, Humanity Exhausted Earth’s Budget for the Year. Today, August 22, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the … Continue reading

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DNA: The Molecule that Defines You – DNA: la molecola che ci definisce

Every living thing on planet Earth is defined by its own molecule — what’s yours? This molecule, called DNA, spans about two meters stretched out but is coiled into every cell in your body. The many copies of DNA that … Continue reading

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#Kardashev scale: three levels of civilizations – La scala di Kardashev: tre livelli di civilizzazione

The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement, based on the amount of usable energy a civilization has at its disposal. The scale has three designated categories called Type I, II, and III. A … Continue reading

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#Curiosity Zaps First Martian Rock – #MSL Curiosity ha sparato il suo laser contro la sua prima roccia Marziana

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has fired its laser for the first time on Mars. On Aug. 19th the mission’s ChemCam instrument hit a fist-sized rock named “Coronation” with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. … Continue reading

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The First Color Panorama from #Mars by #Curiosity – Il primo scatto del panorama marziano a colori fatto da Curiosity

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS You’ve just landed on Mars and opened your eyes, what do you see? If you’re the Curiosity rover, you see a strange gravelly place with a large mountain in the distance! Sei appena atterrato su … Continue reading

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The Perseid Meteor Shower 2012 – Stelle cadenti d’agosto: arrivano le Perseidi

Raining Perseids – Credit & Copyright: Fred Bruenjes – Via Apod/NASA The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known of the meteor showers and can be seen in late July and through August each year, with the maximum … Continue reading

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