For the photo… it’s Comet Holmes! I know, a big surprise, but I’m going to keep on hitting you with cool Holmes pics until it starts to fade. This one comes from tegwilym on the forum.
ESA has an interesting article about the different ways they peer at stars through planetary atmospheres.
astropixie Amanda Bauer took these amazing photos from the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, and talks about her experience viewing for Comet Holmes.
Alan Boyle explains why it’s hard to know when a volcano is going to explode.
Astronomy.com’s blog reviews Brave New Words, the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction.
A little bit of good news to an otherwise depressing view of global warming. Heat-trapping cirrus clouds may be disappearing as temperatures rise.
In case you missed it, the DARPA Urban Challenge was won by Carnegie Mellon University’s SUV, “Boss”. I want my robot car!