Astrosphere for October 15th, 2007

For the photo, we’ve got this wonderful image of M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy) by John Chumack.

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Centauri Dreams considers the controversy of whether we should try and signal extraterrestrial civilizations.

Now all your work on the Galaxy Zoo is starting to pay off. The Universe might be lopsided.

The Bad Astronomer explains how valuable contributions to astronomy come from amateurs.

We’re just 5 days away from the Space Elevator Games. I sure wish I could attend them.

The astropixie suggests you try and spot Mercury this week. It’s not an easy challenge.

Scientific American’s blog has posted computer desktop images of Iapetus, in a variety of convenient sizes.

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