Carnival of Space Image Credit: Jason Major


Here we are again, back at Urban Astronomer HQ, banging on the doors for them to let us in and enjoy the Carnival of Space! Every week a different space blogger dons the mantel of Carnival Ringmaster and scrapes together a collection of the best space science and astronomy writing from around the Internet. And it’s all done just for you, dear sweet reader. So come in, get comfy, and listen up!

First in line, regular contributors (and one-time owners of the Carnival of Space franchise) Universe Today bring us news on how NASA’s GPM Satellite is recording the ‘1000 Year’ rain devastating South Carolina. Those of us not from the USA were not aware of the astonishingly high rainfall levels recently experienced in South Carolina, described as a “1000 year” event. It’s a pretty awful confluence of events, with up to a meter of rainfall in under a week causing massive flooding.

Rather less dramatically, Universe Today also write about a new index that sizes up the habitability of alien exoplanets, in an article titled More livable than Earth?

Finally, a piece on a proposed new mission to Venus called DAVINCI (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging). The spacecraft will probe both the atmosphere and surface of the hottest planet in the Solar System, and hopefully strip away some of her mystery.

Another heavyweight in the space blogging scene is the Chandra Xray space telescope. An important project like theirs produces a vast amount of scientific data, which must be archived securely. From these archives, the Chandra team have just released a collection of images selected from the past sixteen years of observing, completely free to the public.

Then we get an interesting piece titled Digital Star Exploration, in which TheSpacewriter shares news about an astronomy app project she’s been working on over the past years.

And finally, Gadi Eidelheit from The Venus Transit gives us notice of a number of excellent planetary conjunctions in the morning skies this October. And with that, we shoo you out, close the doors, and shut down till next week’s carnival. Hope you enjoyed your stay!

About Allen Versfeld

Allen is an amateur astronomer, an IT professional, a podcaster, a father of five beautiful kids and a barely competent chess player. He is also the director of the Astrophotography Section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where he coordinates and promotes the activities of people who are far better photographers than him.


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