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Lovell lights: turning a telescope into an art installation

Lovell lights: turning a telescope into an art installation

Science
Looming up out of the green Cheshire countryside, listening to Deep Space, the Lovell telescope is an icon of science. And while it listens, the third largest radio telescope in the world becomes - for just a few days every summer - a massive, animated art installation.As part of the Bluedot music and science festival at Jodrell Bank, the telescope has now played host to displays devised by Brian Eno and Daito Manabe. The latter developed animated data which the telescope was collecting from Space, and beamed it onto the structure. This year it will host two specially commissioned projection pieces - one inspired by the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Making artists' work come to life on a ...
NASA satellite spots northern lights from above

NASA satellite spots northern lights from above

Science
April 24 (UPI) -- On Tuesday, NASA's Earth Observatory shared an image of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, captured by the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument.The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite's day-night band, or DNB sensor, is designed to observe a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The instrument and the satellite's software uses filtering techniques to isolate different sources of low light, including auroras, wildfires, city lights and even reflected moonlight.Over the weekend, VIIRS picked up the glow of the northern lights. The aurora was spotted swirling across northern Canada.When enough high-energy particles from the sun collide with Earth's magnetosphere, some of the particles already trapped in the magnetosphere get knocked into the upper a...
Fitness tracker Strava lights up military base

Fitness tracker Strava lights up military base

Technology
Military personnel around the world have been publicly sharing their exercise routes online - including those inside or near military bases.Online fitness tracker Strava has published a "heatmap" showing the paths its users log as they run or cycle.It appears to show the structure of foreign military bases in countries including Syria and Afghanistan, as soldiers move around inside.The US military is examining the heatmap, a spokesman said.Air Force Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for US Central Command, told the Washington Post that the US military was reviewing the implications.Strava said it had excluded activities marked as private from the map.You might also be interested in:Users who record their exercise data on Strava have the option of making their movements public or private. Pr...
Mysterious streak lights up Californian sky

Mysterious streak lights up Californian sky

Technology
The rocket was launched at about 5.30pm (9pm GMT) in Los Angeles on Friday.It successfully propelled 10 satellites into orbit an hour later.The rocket first appeared as a red light which looked more like an unusual coloured star.As it gathered height Californians were in awe as they saw a streak of light streaming across the clear sky at sunset.Image:The rocket propelled 10 satellites into orbit. Pic: Danny SullivanImage:Californians were in awe as the rocket streaked across the sky. Pic: Danny SullivanImage:The SpaceX rocket started off as a small white light. Pic: Danny SullivanSeveral celebrities joined fellow social media users in questioning what the mysterious light was.Singers will.i.am and Billy Ray Cyrus asked what the streak was.Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who was 120 miles ...

Rocket lights sky as it carries satellites from California

Technology
A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. The launch in the setting sun created a shining, billowing streak that was widely seen throughout Southern California and as far away as Phoenix. Calls came in to TV stations as far afield as San Diego, more than 200 miles south of the launch site. Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles so drivers and passengers could take pictures and video. The Los Angeles Fire Department issued an advisory that the "mysterious light in the sky" was from the rocket launch. Jimmy Golen, a sports writer for The Assoc...