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Carnival of Space #369

Carnival of Space #369It feels like a lifetime since we had the Carnival of Space here at Urban Astronomer, but finally it's my turn again to play ringmaster!  The Carnival of Space is a travelling internet phenomenon, floating from space blog to astronomy website, showing off the best astronomy and space science writing from around the world.  It's been going for over seven years, and it just keeps getting better.  This week's carnival is a little lighter than usual, but it's all going to be good.  Dynamite comes in small packages, after all! Read more about Carnival of Space #369

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ScopeX 2014

ScopeXOn 13 September, South Africa's amateur astronomers and telescope makers will converge on the Military History Museum in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, for the annual ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition.  ScopeX has run continuously for thirteen years, and has attracted the support of the National Research Foundation, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and numerous commercial sponsors. Read more about ScopeX 2014

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Video of the Supermoon rising

Supermoon, by Allen VersfeldI was recently approached by Slooh to provide footage for their Supermoon show last Sunday.  Slooh runs a network of telescopes around the world and provides their customers with remote access to them for a small fee, but also broadcasts live shows for significant astronomical events.  Now no astronomer really cares about Supermoons, because they're not rare and not easy to tell apart from regular full moons, but it seems to get the public excited and that's really important.  If we can leverage the hype to get people looking up and paying attention to the universe around them, well why look a gift horse in the mouth?   Read more about Video of the Supermoon rising


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