54 years in space and so far we’ve only got two minibus-sized probes to leave the solar system

It would be sad if they’re the only footprint humanity leaves on the universe at large.

Technology – Rebecca J. Rosen – Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *This Close* to Leaving Our Solar System – The Atlantic.

If you want to fix your Mac’s Desktop Wallpaper, you need today’s APOD

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Via Astronomy Picture of the Day

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS – EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.

Oops.

The European Space Agency is to mount a billion-euro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons.

The probe, called Juice, would be built in time for a launch in 2022, although it would be a further eight years before it reached the Jovian system.

It will make a couple of close passes of Europa, which is thought to have a global ocean under its ice shell.

Dr Britney Schmidt, from the University of Texas at Austin, studies the Jovian moon.

She told BBC News science correspondent Jonathan Amos why it is a fascinating place and what Juice could tell us about its interior.

via BBC News – Jupiter icy moons mission chosen.

Outer Space on Vimeo

via Outer Space on Vimeo.

Photopic Sky Survey – pretty. http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html

Photopic Sky Survey.

Illustrated guide to Venus-Jupiter conjunction in March #astronomy #science #pretty

Here are Venus and Jupiter on March 14, 2012. They’ll be at their closest and most spectacular in mid-March.

Pretty. Informative. Likely to generate reports of UFO sightings.

Click the above.

Last night, frozen clear skies. Tonight: Possible Auroral Storm – and it’s clouded out.

Bugger.