Astrosphere for June 19, 2007

Here’s the latest astrosphere.

Your picture for the day is the trail left by a Cosmos 2369 Rocket body as it passed through the Big Dipper. Nice catch Autoclub.

Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society explains why the Mars Exploration Rovers are lasting so long. Spirit just got a dusting off today.

Stephen Hawking is writing a young-adult science fiction story. How cool is that?

Venus is so bright right now, you can see it in the day.

Space Prizes has news of a new film award for documentaries that shape the long-term future of humanity.

What’s parallax? What’s a parsec? Astroprof explains both.

My good friend Phil Plait was on the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. Listen to the witty banter.