Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.09.05

G’day, and happy Caturday. As of Thursday the current blogging schedule began, and fortunately things have been busy. This week, there was a satellite launch via Atlas V booster, and news of the extension of the New Horizons probe’s mission out past Pluto, deeper into the Kuiper belt of trans-Neptunian objects (Whew! I almost typed trans-Newtonian! – Huge difference!). On the Pluto flyby, the really cool thing was the naming of a whole, kinda whale-shaped region of Pluto after Cthulhu, and another was Mordor from LoTR. There are some really nifty images with this piece, excepting this week’s newly captioned Cat for Ze Caturday, the dire and infamous Mr. Eccles plotting mischief with the home furnishings. May you always find at least a few clear nights out of the month, and reach for the stars!

Talotaa frang. Talotaa kas. Talotaa tranga suulaat.

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

Pluto in Enhanced Color

Distant Neutrinos Detected Below Antarctic Ice

The Flare and the Galaxy

ARP 159 and NCG 4725

Milky Way with Airglow Australis

Atlas V Rising

Image of the Week:

Proxima Centauri – Hubble

Weekly Astrognuz:

What Do Other Planets Sound Like?

Ice Loss: Greenland and Antarctica lost 5 trillion tons since 2002

New Ultrathin Optical Devices Shape Light in Exotic Ways

Searching for Life… and Death… in the Universe

The (Possible) Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10

Aurora: Intense activity seen in Sweden

At Saturn, One of These Rings is not like the Others

The NASA K2 Mission: Extending Kepler’s Legacy

More Spectacular Images From the MUOS-4 Launch

Photobomb: ISS transits the Sun by Thierry Legault

NASA’s TES Satellite Instruments Gives New Insight into Water Cycle

Big Picture Science Radio Show – What Lies Beneath

A Fiery End for Kosmos 1315 Over Hawaii

Global Warming: Sea levels are rising rapidly

What Happened to Early Mars’ Atmosphere: New Study Eliminates One Theory

SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center Stars…

A God’s Eye View of the Universe

via SpaceRip

 Evil monkey-cat…museth evil things…

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