Carnival of Space: Collectible Edition

For almost ten years, collectSPACE has been gathering the stories, people and artifacts that share the history of space exploration. We are therefore proud to present the "Carnival of Space," collecting the space and astronomy history (past, present and future) being discussed on the internet now.

So as the museum docent might say: 'On with the tour!'

Rare space artifact or discarded trash? At 21st Century Waves, Dr. Bruce Cordell proposes a connection between a metal I-Beam found in Roswell and the elusive beacons predicted to be paradoxically plentiful.

Collecting Constellation (the stars, not the spaceships): Alice Enevoldsen of Alice's Astro Info provides a tour of the January through February 2009 night sky, highlighting the NEW! constellations and a "notable object" of desire.

Hidden in plain light: Ian Musgrave feeds his obsession by finding Venus in the Daylight. You can too, if you take his suggestions posted at Astroblog.

Arp 220's atypical autograph: Astropixie, a.k.a. Amanda Bauer, deconstructs the imagery of an atypical galaxy (or two) while asking, "Where is Arp 220?"

Close encounter of the solar kind: On January 4, Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait celebrated the time when the Earth is closest to the Sun in its orbit with his perihelion primer.


Critiquing Chelsey Bonestell's Saturn: Todd Flowerday explains why the great space artist Chelsey Bonestell got it wrong when it came to edge on views of Saturn's rings.

A one-in-eight-billion planets offer: Paul Gilster dreams of a Centauri planet with a movie theater showing "The Day The Earth Stood Still". Unfortunately, the odds aren't much better than Keanu Reeves winning an Oscar for his performance as Klaatu.

Scale model of a supernova: Chandra Blog updates its readers about the latest X-ray observatory-related events, including the "real model" of an exploded star's remnants.

Satellite on a stick: While it may sound like a space toy, Kentucky Space's "Satellite on a Stick" provided just the solution to test Kentucky's first cubesat's comm systems


Free space wallpaper: Paul Scott Anderson blogs on the Meridiani Journal about a new Hubble and Spitzer space telescope montage of the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Getting the MOST out of Betelgeuse: The Bat Page's David Gamey, a.k.a. "Mang", shares his experience as a winner of a public contest to work with the Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) microsat telescope.

The next big thing may repulse you, or rather the rocket you're riding. Next Big Future's Brian Wang blogs about a repulsive quantum force as was the cover story in Nature.

Catch a wave(length): Nicole Gugliucci reports from the National Radio Sciences Meeting about ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), which will explore at wavelengths in the millimeter and sub-millimeter regime.


Spacecraft sale: The OrbitalHub looks at Orbital Corp.'s (no relation) Taurus II medium-lift launch vehicle and the Cygnus spacecraft, which NASA recently contracted to loft and return supplies to the International Space Station.

Limited edition space art (very, very limited): As David Mosher at Discovery's Space Disco blog described, you had to act fast if you wanted to catch the many mini art- works that were evolving within the Google Lunar X Prize collaborative, digital space art environment.

A good year for champagne... and astronomy: Bente Lilja Bye of PlanetBye offers a toast for the new year, the International Year of Astronomy, with stellar champagne.

History hyped: Visual Astronomy's Sean Welton calls for some scientific skepticism in response to "Nostradamus 2012", which recently premiered on The History Channel.

And that brings us to the end of our tour, and this week's Carnival of Space. We hope you've enjoyed our collection of space stories and follow the Carnival to its next stop.

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