Astrosphere for August 1, 2007

Today’s astrophoto is brought to you by stargazer_7000. It’s an image of M27 taken with a 9″ telescope.

Darker Matter has a fascinating story about the potential development of generation spaceships that humans could use to colonize other stars.

This isn’t a space story, it’s an energy/environment story, but I really enjoyed it. Rolling Stone looks at the boondoggle that is ethanol.

First the Terrestrial Planet Finder was canceled, now it looks like Kepler might be scaled back. Chris Lintott notes on his blog that the mission has been shortened by 6 months.

Somebody out there has some guy love for the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait. No, not me, we’re just… friends.