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Saturday December 3rd 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]


  • European ministers ready ESA for a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0
    ESA today concluded a two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ministers in charge for space  matters from ESA’s 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities and programmes based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.
  • Media briefing replay
    Replay of the media briefing at the close of ESA's Council meeting at Ministerial level, Lucerne, 2 December 2016
  • Week In Images
    Our week through the lens: 28 November - 2 December 2016


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]

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  • Hidden Figures Premiere and Award Ceremony December 2, 2016
    Actress Octavia Spencer, left, who plays Dorothy Vaughan in the film "Hidden Figures" and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, greets NASA "human computer" Katherine Johnson, at a reception to honor NASA's "human computers" on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA.
  • Rift in Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf December 1, 2016
    On Nov. 10, 2016, scientists on NASA's IceBridge mission photographed an oblique view of a massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. Icebridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, completed an eighth consecutive Antarctic deployment on Nov. 18.

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  • Balloons on Ice: NASA Launches Antarctica Scientific Balloon Campaign November 29, 2016
    Cosmic rays and the chemicals and atoms that make up the interstellar space between stars are the focus of this year’s NASA Antarctica Long Duration Balloon Flight Campaign, which kicked into high gear with the launch of the Boron And Carbon Cosmic rays in the Upper Stratosphere (BACCUS) payload Nov. 28.
  • A Stellar Circle of Life November 21, 2016
    A snapshot of the stellar life cycle has been captured in a new portrait from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Smithsonian’s Submillimeter Array (SMA).


  • First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space? November 30, 2016
    By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to […]


  • First views of Mars show potential for ESA’s new orbiter November 29, 2016
    ESA’s new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations.
  • Mars labyrinth November 28, 2016
    Space Science Image of the Week: This labyrinth-like scene on Mars may point to a former ocean and an icy subsurface

RSS Sky & Telescope – Observing

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 2 – 10
    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, December 2 – 10 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Staracle: A Free Star-Naming Service
    "Name a star" businesses are approaching their holiday peak. But since personal star names won't be formally recognized anyway, you might as well do it for free. The post Staracle: A Free Star-Naming Service appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Marc Necker
  • Tour December’s Sky: Orion Arising
    Download our monthly astronomy podcast to track down Mercury in the evening sky. Then swing around to the east, to behold Orion, the mighty Hunter, climbing into the sk The post Tour December’s Sky: Orion Arising appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Kelly Beatty

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  • What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?
    Machine learning is a powerful tool used for a variety of tasks in modern life, from fraud detection and sorting spam in Google, to making movie recommendations on Netflix. Now a team of researchers has developed a novel approach in using it to determine whether planetary systems are stable or not.
  • Embryonic cluster galaxy immersed in giant cloud of cold gas
    Astronomers studying a cluster of still-forming protogalaxies seen as they were more than 10 billion years ago have found that a giant galaxy in the center of the cluster is forming from a surprisingly-dense soup of molecular gas.