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Wednesday June 28th 2017

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  • NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast June 27, 2017
    NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at noon EDT Friday, June 30, with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). The program will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
  • NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane June 26, 2017
    NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design.
  • NASA Awards Contract for Institutional Support Services June 23, 2017
    NASA has awarded the Kennedy Space Center Institutional Support Services IV (KISS IV) contract to Apache-Logical Joint Venture of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Telescopes & more

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]


  • #AsteroidDay webcast
    On 30 June, ESA experts will join scientists, astronauts and (space) rock stars in a 24-hour global webcast. Live segment from ESA's ESOC mission control centre runs 08:30-10:00 GMT (10:30-12:00 CEST)
  • Plug and play
    'Plug and play' challenges with young space fans in the space pavilion at the Paris Air and Space Show, 24 and 25 June
  • Summer solstice Sun
    Space Science Image of the Week: A multi-hued view of the Sun seen from space on 21 June


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]



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Black Holes

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


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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]


Astrophotography – Without a Telescope

Astrophotography – Without a Telescope

By Ralph O. Clements When I was invited to write about this subject for, 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

  • As the Sun Rises, NASA's Global Hawk is Being Prepared for Flight June 27, 2017
    Hot summer days in Southern California’s Antelope Valley force many aircraft operations to start early in the morning before the sun rises. On a back ramp at Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, a NASA Global Hawk goes through testing of its communication components and satellite connection links in preparation for flight.
  • Saturnian Dawn June 26, 2017
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

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  • VST Captures Three-In-One June 14, 2017
    Two of the sky’s more famous residents share the stage with a lesser-known neighbour in this enormous new three gigapixel image from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST). On the right lies the faint, glowing cloud of gas called Sharpless 2-54, the iconic Eagle Nebula is in the centre, and the Omega Nebula to the left. […]


  • Artificial brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars June 26, 2017
    With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way. 
  • Summer solstice Sun June 26, 2017
    Space Science Image of the Week: A multi-hued view of the Sun seen from space on 21 June

RSS Sky & Telescope – Observing

  • Asterisms: Doodles in the Sky
    Learn about some of the asterisms in our night sky. From sharks to dogs, hats to rings, these night-sky patterns will have you seeking more. The post Asterisms: Doodles in the Sky appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Sue French
  • A Solar Eclipse Activity for a Sunny Day
    Learn about solar eclipses in this DIY solar eclipse activity. All you need is a tape measure, a long stick, a small sphere, and a sunny day. The post A Solar Eclipse Activity for a Sunny Day appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Guy Vandegrift
  • Peaks of “Eternal” Light
    If we ever try to live on the Moon, the best locations will be polar mountains bathed in nearly continuous sunlight. The post Peaks of “Eternal” Light appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Charles A. Wood

RSS Science Daily

  • Astronomers detect orbital motion in pair of supermassive black holes
    Images made with the continent-wide Very Long Baseline Array detect the orbital motion of two supermassive black holes as they circle each other at the center of a distant galaxy. The two black holes themselves may eventually merge in an event that would produce gravitational waves that ripple across the universe.
  • Topsy-turvy motion creates light switch effect at Uranus
    Uranus' magnetosphere, the region defined by the planet's magnetic field and the material trapped inside it, gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet, scientists have discovered. It's 'open' in one orientation, allowing solar wind to flow into the magnetosphere; it later closes, forming a […]