The Social Carnival of Space 173: #CoS173

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Welcome to Discovery News and the 173rd Carnival of Space!

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If you don’t already know, the Carnival of Space is a weekly party of the brightest space bloggers from around the world where their best space blogs are showcased. If you want to get involved, mosey on down to the Universe Today where the Carnival is nurtured by publisher Fraser Cain.

Having hosted the Carnival a few times in the past (#51, #96, #144), I’ve been busy thinking up how we can generate a buzz around each blogger’s hard work. Being a Twitter addict enthusiast, I instantly knew what I was going to do. I’m going to tweet the Carnival! It’s a beautiful thing, so bear with me.

Love it or hate it, the social web is a powerful tool to communicate knowledge, ideas, Lolcats and bunnies in paper cups. Twitter and Facebook are two of my preferred social media platforms, so I decided to list all the Carnival entries and hardwire them into both. A day later and I think it worked.

Have a browse through the awesome Carnival below. You’ll notice you can post your favorite blogs straight to your Twitter and Facebook accounts by clicking on the handy links provided. I’ve included a Twitter “hashtag” (#CoS173) in each tweet — this will categorize all the tweets under the same subject for easy browsing in the Twitter environment. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a hashtag is, tweet away regardless.

You’ll notice that I’ll be tweeting each Carnival entry via the @Discovery_Space Twitter account throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye out.

As always, if you notice any errors, leave a note in the comments below and I’ll get it fixed.

The Carnival of Space entries (in no particular order):

Something’s out there, wobbling Saturn’s rings. http://bit.ly/a3YDyd (Victoria Jaggard, Breaking Orbit)

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From small spaceships, space stations did grow. http://bit.ly/cRQTkZ (David Portree, Beyond Apollo)

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You know the Universe is 13.7 billion years old? How do you know? http://bit.ly/d8YP2V (Steve Nerlich, CheapAstro)

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Want to go star trekking? You’d better hope we reach Kardashev Level 1. http://bit.ly/a4qGuJ (Brian Wang, Next Big Future)

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Look out! The media thinks there’s intelligent life on Gliese 581 g! http://bit.ly/bkXwnT (Bruce Lee Eowe, Weird Sciences)

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Did Saturn blend and then eat a moon? The crumbs are stuck in its rings. http://bit.ly/9GiIFA (Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society)

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Relax, ‘Nobody reading this blog will be killed by a meteorite.’ http://bit.ly/bFA9fL (Chuck Magee, Lounge of the Lab Lemming)

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Seventh lunar landing a charm? http://bit.ly/a0iQlW (Kenneth Murphy, Out of the Cradle)

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It’s comet-hunting season! (For northern hemisphereians) http://bit.ly/cjnQOA (Ian Musgrave, Astroblog)

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Nope, it’s not the star of Bethlehem, that’s Jupiter. http://bit.ly/9HNSMp (Colin Johnston, Astronotes)

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Who’s looking after India’s meteorite collection? http://bit.ly/camowz (Pradeep Mohandas, Parallel Spirals)

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Chandra admires a beautiful (but violent) pulsar wind nebula. http://bit.ly/9MnRNr (Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Chandra Blog)

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A recent meteorite crater scars the Martian surface. http://bit.ly/9wTm9e (John Williams, Starry Critters)

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As New Horizons travels to Pluto, imagine being stranded on the dwarf planet. http://bit.ly/bMhk4h (Paul Gilster, Centauri Dreams)

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Confirmed! Asteroid dust in Hayabusa! Alien life? Not so much. http://bit.ly/cPFCze (Paul Scott Anderson, The Meridiani Journal)

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A commercial mission to Mars: Clever merchandising or flawed thinking? http://bit.ly/atoai9 (Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today)

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The strange case of the Gliese 581g signal. Intelligent life? http://bit.ly/atSsQ4 (Nicole Gugliucci, Discovery News)

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Dark matter churns up the galaxy merger mix. http://bit.ly/dbSGqf (Ian O’Neill, Discovery News)

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Image: Chandra observation of a pulsar wind nebula. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/T.Temim et al. and ESA/XMM-Newton Radio: SIFA/MOST and CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA; Infrared: UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF/2MASS

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