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The 348th Carnival of Space!

It's Global Astronomy Month and a properly diverse Carnival of Space to boot.  Carnival of Space #348

Hosted by Peter Lake on his Aartscope Blog, this week's Carnival celebrates a packed itinerary of must-see April sites; thanks to Spacewriter; and as Peter points out, this is an eic month for celestial events. We have the Total Eclipse of the Moon and the Mars Opposition to watch out for! Those in Australia can also look forward to the National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers. Read more about The 348th Carnival of Space!

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Hundred mile high water geyser detected on Jupiter's moon

This graphic shows where water vapour was detected above Europa in December 2012.  Credit: NASA/ESA/L. Roth/SWRI/University of CologneAstronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered what appear to be enormous seasonal jets of water vapour venting from Europa - one of the four large moons of Jupiter that are visible from Earth through simple binoculars. If these observations can be confirmed, then Europa will be only the third world known to have water geysers, after Earth, and Saturn's moon Enceladus. The jet of water vapour appears to shoot up to a height of over two hundred kilometers before falling back down to the icy moon's surface, and only vents at certain points in its orbit around Jupiter.  Researchers are now trying to confirm if they have found a real phenomenon, and that it is indeed a jet of water coming from the surface of Jupiter's satelliteRead more about Hundred mile high water geyser detected on Jupiter's moon

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Carnival of Space #347

Carnival of SpaceIt's a new week and that means it's time for the next Carnival of Space! This week's host is Nicole Gugliucci from Cosmoquest, and while she's been a regular contributor to the Carnival, this is her first time hosting. So a hearty welcome to Nicole and Cosmoquest! As usual, the carnival features a selection of the past week's best space science and astronomy writing from around the Internet, and our new host has done a fine job selecting and summarising them for out easy consumption. Read more about Carnival of Space #347

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Weather forecasts beyond the Solar system

Clouds in Atmosphere of Exoplanet GJ 1214b (Artist's View).  Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)For the first time, astronomers are able to make weather predictions on distant planets orbiting stars other than our own Sun.  For two worlds whose atmospheres scientists have been studying, the forecast is overcast, with a chance of additional cloud. The planets, GJ 436b, and GJ 1214b, are 36 light years away in the constellation Leo, and 40 light years away in the constellation Ophiuchis, respectively. Read more about Weather forecasts beyond the Solar system

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Carnival of Space #346

Carnival of SpaceWe're into a new week, and that means it's time for the 346th Carnival of Space, hosted this week by Joe Latrell of Photos to Space. Every week the carnival's host sifts through a long list of submissions by space science and astronomy writers from around the world. From the list, a selection of the best and most interesting must be summarised and assembled into the Carnival of Space for your enjoyment. So without any further prevarication, let's get on with the show! Read more about Carnival of Space #346

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