Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 17, 2014: Comet Siding Spring & Dark Matter

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)

Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter)

This Week’s Stories:

Previewing Siding Spring
Hubble finds target for New Horizons
Dark Matter Half What We Though, Say Scientists
Virgo UFD1 a Fossil Remnant of the First Galaxies
Secretive US Robotic Mini-Shuttle to End 22-Month Mission
Rosetta Spacecraft Spots “Pyramid” Boulder on Comet
Dreaming a Different Apollo
KOI-1299 b A Warm Jupiter Orbiting An Evolved Red Giant Star
MAVEN Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere
APEX Reveals Hidden Start Formation in Protocluster
ESA Confirms Primary Landing Site for Rosetta
New Horizons has a Second Target
Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe
Station Spacewalkers Replace Power Regulator, Move Equipment
Galactic Chromodynamics
Milky Way Ransacks Nearby Dwarf Galaxies, Stripping All Traces of Star-Forming Gas
Curious signal hints at dark matter – first evidence of axions?
First Evidence of a Hydrogen-Deficient Supernova Progenitor
Fairing Installed Over Orion
Wobbling of Mimas Hints as What Lies Beneath
Cosmic Jets Re-created in a Lab
Lunar Volcanoes: The Rough with the Smooth

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3 Replies to “Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 17, 2014: Comet Siding Spring & Dark Matter”

  1. “The biggest thing in space this year?” Literally astronomical hyperbole, FTW!

    I mean, I get that NASA sets a bad example by saying things like “it’s a once-in-a-million-year event.” (I guess Shoemaker-Levy 9 was in the last million-year epoch, and now we’re in a new one? Or is this like the “Price is Right,” where the comet closest to the actual IAU-approved planet without running into it is the winner…?) But isn’t having close-up observations of a Mars-grazing comet from a fleet of modern instruments drool-worthy enough on its own without all the added hype-noise?

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