Category Archives: Astronomy

Explore the Sun with Helioviewer

As you might have seen elsewhere, there was a spectacular solar flare on June 7 caught on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Unusually for such a powerful event, the ejected material fell back onto the surface of the … Continue reading

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Astronaut’s view of the Earth

In this breathtaking video tour of the Earth, Dr Justin Wilkinson, from the Crew Earth Observations Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center, offers a personal view of the incredible landscape and weather features astronauts notice from space. The seven … Continue reading

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Time lapse of Earth rotating under the night sky

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) is an array of four, movable optical telescopes operated by the European Southern Observatory in Chile. According to its Wikipedia entry the array is capable of seeing the gap between the headlights of a car … Continue reading

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Most detailed 3-D map of the local universe unveiled

Smithsonian Science reports on the most complete map of local galaxies compiled thus far – in galactic terms local means within 380 million light years of us. Astronomers at the University of Portsmouth, England spent 10 years  scanning the entire … Continue reading

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Incredible high-res panorama of the night sky

The Photopic Sky Survey is an astonishingly detailed 360 degree panorama of the entire night sky.   The 5 giga-pixel photo consists of 37,000+ exposures stitched together. Amazingly, it was all put together by just one person, Nick Risinger,  who describes … Continue reading

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Track the Space Shuttle in Google Earth

Endeavour is fuelled and scheduled for lift-off at 8:56 am EDT (1256 GMT) today, May 16, for what will be the penultimate space shuttle flight. To coincide with this NASA has rolled out a new, real-time tracker for Google Earth. … Continue reading

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Shadows at the Moon’s south pole

This amazing image from NASA is a result of combing 1,600 photographs of the lunar south pole taken by the wide angle camera (WAC) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. Described as a multi-temporal illumination map it illustrates the … Continue reading

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50th anniversary of the first man in space

Today marks 50 years since Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit of the Earth. Released to coincide with this, First Orbit is a feature length movie using original footage and mission audio, combined with film looking at the Earth, taken from the … Continue reading

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