Carnival of Space #8

The carnival is back in town. Once again, the carnival of space makes its home here at Universe Today. Enjoy the ride…

Let’s start with a some great detective work by Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society Blog. Remember those “puddles on Mars? Perhaps someone should have looked at the evidence better. Emily did.

Advanced Nanotechnology has a good question for you. Why colonize space instead of the Gobi desert? It’s like asking, why not move out of the house when you could just live in your parents’ basement.

When’s the next asteroid strike going to happen? astropixie Amanda Bauer talks about the risks and the damage. Oh, there’s a terrifying Japanese video of the damage that would happen from a really big asteroid strike.

From Tales of the Heliosphere, we have a story about just how connected all life is to the 24-hour cycle. It’s going to make traveling in space very difficult.

The Space Cynics have an idea. Why not use the Fed to lower launch costs?

Does the Moon make you crazy? Can you get… moon madness?

Some astronomy can be done in the day. Thanks to Astroblog, here’s a cool picture of Venus in the daytime, with tips and tricks to find it on your own.

A Babe in the Universe shows how the International Space Station is really taking shape.

Colony Worlds has a great breakdown of all the major players in the private space industry. One of these people may help mankind become a truly space-faring race.

Henry Cate (who started this beloved carnival), has an article about how asteroids could be the next great gold rush, literally.

Think we’ve seen it all? Cumbrian Sky reminds us, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

I’m at the centre of the Universe, and so is Pamela Gay at Starstryder. And so is Gusplex over on Alpha Ecx. How can everybody be at the centre of the Universe.

Bad Astronomer Phil Plait is on an Eta Carinae death watch. Tick tock tick tock…

Alan Boyle from MSNBC’s Cosmic Log is over at Cern right now, learning about the Large Hadron Collider. Oh, I’m jealous.

Centauri Dreams looks at new research working to model extrasolar planetary atmospheres.

And last, but not least, I bring you an interesting theory. Don’t look down, but there might be a microscopic black hole gobbling up the Earth from beneath your feet.