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Carnival of Space #217

3 Oct 2011, 14:20 UTC
Carnival of Space #217
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Once again it’s time for another weekly installment of the “Carnival of Space”, featuring weekly highlights from Space and Astronomy blogs across the Internet. This super-sized episode includes some great articles about UARS, SpaceX, NASA, and more!
This map shows the ground track for UARS. Credit: NASA

Kicking off this week’s carnival is news from Deborah Byrd at Earthsky.org on the final resting place of NASA’s UARS satellite.
Turns out the numerous reports of the satellite coming down over northern Canada were hoaxes.
Here’s a link to one (of many) hoax videos, courtesy of Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33BPFxA8Ndg
Astrophotographer Thierry Legault also has some breathtaking imagery of UARS before its reentry. You can see his work at: http://legault.perso.sfr.fr/uars_110915.html

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast celebrated their 1000th episode this week with a two part series on the electromagnetic spectrum.
You can read part one at: http://365daysofastronomy.org/2011/09/27/september-27th-wavelengths-more-than-meets-the-eye/ and part two at: http://365daysofastronomy.org/2011/09/28/september-28th-wavelengths-the-long-and-the-short-of-it/
Ian O’Neill at Discovery News discusses the possibility of whether or not famed exoplanet Fomalhaut b exists. Also coming from Discovery news is a great article on solar astronomy by Nicole Gugliucci.
This week brought incredible views of aurorae, thanks to an intense solar outburst. Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy provided ...

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