Category Archives: Astronomy

Asteroids in resonance with Jupiter

Proving once again that reality is often stranger than fiction this fascinating animation from Scott Malloy shows asteroids with orbits in resonance with Jupiter. The video animates the orbital paths of the inner planets and two groups of asteroids, with … Continue reading

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Increasing solar activity

NASA has published this remarkable side by side video comparison of solar activity in 2008 and 2011. Ignore the obvious – the sun didn’t change colour. The earlier captures were from the SoHo spacecraft,  the latter the Solar Dynamics Observatory. … Continue reading

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Amazing portrait of Kepler exoplanets

Since it’s launch two years ago, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has detected over a thousand possible candidates for planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. This remarkable graphic from Jason Rowe, a member of the Kepler team, imagines every one … Continue reading

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Creating a photographic atlas of the moon

A bite-size video from NASA Goddard highlighting the work of the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter). The spacecraft’s wide angle is currently building a super detailed photographic atlas of the moon. Mapping out every mountain,  crater and rill. Maybe not as … Continue reading

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Asteroid discovery visualization

Last week I mentioned a live map on the Antrim Observatory Website displaying near earth asteroids. Scott Malloy the creator of that app also came up with this stunning animation showing asteroid discovery since 1980. The visualization is a time … Continue reading

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Asteroid Near Miss Maps

Anyone of a nervous disposition look away now. This regularly updated diagram on the Armagh Observatory website plots out asteroids within 45 million kilometres distance of the Earth.  Yep,  that’s the Earth  half-hidden in the middle. The vertical lines represent … Continue reading

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Size Comparison between that Monster Solar Flare and Earth

Last post on this I promise.  NASA has added an image of the Earth to a still from their incredible SDO, solar prominence video,  so you get some idea of the mind blowing scale of the eruption. Toasty!

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NASA’s SDO Probe Captures Images of an Awesome Solar Flare

On the same theme, on February 24, 2011 NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught the incredible details of a massive solar prominence, almost edge on as it erupted out of the sun. The erupting plasma swirled and twisted over a … Continue reading

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