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Thursday August 25th 2016

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Positions of Planets

The tables offer monthly positions of the four brightest planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Note, that a constellation may not be visible during the night.  Another [Read More]

Observing Tips for Beginners

  Amateur astronomers have to face some challenges with equipment, weather and environment during their stargazing sessions. The tips listed below help to overcome some [Read More]

German Equatorial Mount – Part 2

The first part of this article gave an introduction of German Equatorial Mounts (GEMs) and discussed polar aligment and how it is been done.  This second part of the [Read More]

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  • Ariane 5’s fourth launch this year
    An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits.
  • ESAintouch
    Help the jury decide the winning App by voting for your favourite ESAintouch prototype
  • Easy rider
    Technology image of the week: astronaut Andreas Mogensen combines VR with an air-bearing platform to simulate weightlessness in 2D

Observing

Top 10 Night Sky Objects for Astronomy Beginners

Your first telescope has just arrived and now you can’t wait to try it out. Trust me, I remember this feeling very well. The universe is calling and it want to be [Read More]

Cosmos

Pulsars

 Coming Soon – Stay Tuned Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing [Read More]

Black Holes

Gravitational distortions caused by a black hole in front of the Large Magellan cloud. [Read More]

Nebulae

Coming Soon – Stay Tuned Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, [Read More]

Astrophotogallery

Astrophoto Gallery

This gallery shows astro-photos made by amateur astronomers.  Clicking the images enlarges them to original size and provides information about the object and how [Read More]

Solar System

The Moons of the Solar System

More Questions Than Answers Think of our solar system, and for most of us the first thing [Read More]

Asteroid Mining

Near Earth Asteroid Itokawa. A likely candidate for future mining opportunities. Credit [Read More]

Positions of Planets

The tables offer monthly positions of the four brightest planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter [Read More]

Imaging

Astrophotography – Without a Telescope

Astrophotography – Without a Telescope

By Ralph O. Clements When I was invited to write about this subject for Astronomysource.com, I must say I was flattered and a bit flabbergasted too, as I do not consider myself an expert on the subject, nor a writer by any means, but just a guy who likes to go out at night [Read More]

Startrails – Software

Startrails – Software

Star trails, image credit: Ralph Clements Star trail images are beautiful to look at and they are captivating because they [Read More]

Eyepiece Projection

Eyepiece Projection

Eyepiece projection is a great way to take detailed shoots of moon and planets. Photographed objects in these [Read More]

Astro-Imaging for $100

Astro-Imaging for $100

Is is possible to make astro-images with entry level digital point-and-shoot cameras? The answer to that question is a [Read More]

RSS NASA Image of the day

  • New NASA Record Holder For Cumulative Days in Space August 24, 2016
    On Aug. 24, 2016, Station Commander Jeff Williams passed astronaut Scott Kelly, also a former station commander, for most cumulative days living and working in space by a NASA astronaut (520 days and counting). Williams is scheduled to land Sept. 6, 2016, for a record total of 534 days in space.
  • Spacewalkers Successfully Install New Docking Adapter for Commercial Crew Flights August 23, 2016
    Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams (shown here) and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA successfully installed the first of two international docking adapters Friday Aug. 19, 2016, during a five hour and 58-minute spacewalk. On Sept. 1, the two astronauts will spacewalk outside the space station for the second time in less than two weeks.

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  • Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star August 24, 2016
    Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a […]

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  • Scorched Sprite August 22, 2016
    Space Science Image of the Week: ESA’s Planck satellite mapped the magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy, capturing an ethereal flame-filled scene at the Polaris Flare
  • Space science starts here August 17, 2016
    Video showcase of ESA's fleet of space science missions and how they are helping us to understand our place in the Universe

RSS Sky & Telescope – Observing

  • Polarized Light — From Blue Sky to Egg Nebula
    Bees see polarized light and use it to navigate to honey. Learn how you can use it to crack the Egg Nebula. The post Polarized Light — From Blue Sky to Egg Nebula appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • 2017’s Total Solar Eclipse: One Year to Go!
    It's still a full year away, but next year's coast-to-coast solar eclipse is already a big deal with astronomers worldwide. The post 2017’s Total Solar Eclipse: One Year to Go! appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Kelly Beatty
  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 19 – 27
    Some daily sky events among the ever-changing Moon, planets, stars and constellations, from Sky & Telescope magazine, the essential guide to astronomy. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 19 – 27 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert

RSS Science Daily

  • Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star
    Astronomers have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth […]
  • Test for damp ground at Mars' seasonal streaks finds none
    Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars.