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Friday May 26th 2017

RSS NASA Breaking News

  • NASA to Make Announcement About First Mission to Touch Sun May 26, 2017
    NASA will make an announcement about the agency’s first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere during an event at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 31, from the University of Chicago’s William Eckhardt Research Center Auditorium. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
  • NASA to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Resupply Mission May 25, 2017
    NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its eleventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 5:55 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 1. Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 5:15 p.m., followed by the post-launch news conference at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA’s Juno Mission May 25, 2017
    Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant.

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]

RSS ESA

  • Week In Images
    Our week through the lens: 22-26 May 2017
  • Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
    The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.
  • Sentinel-2 captures coral bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
    Scientists observed the bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef early this year using satellite images. While capturing these events from space has been difficult in the past, Sentinel-2’s frequent revisits and its resolution makes it possible.

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

  • Close-up View of Neutron Star Mission's X-Ray Concentrator Optics May 26, 2017
    A new NASA mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. In this photo, NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space.
  • Sequence of Juno Spacecraft's Close Approach to Jupiter May 25, 2017
    This sequence of enhanced-color images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter. The images were obtained by JunoCam.

RSS Astronomy Magazine

RSS Space.com

  • Supernova Fail: Giant Dying Star Collapses Straight into Black Hole May 26, 2017
    It appears the path to becoming a black hole is more complex than astronomers thought. Rather than exploding into a supernova before collapsing into a black hole, as expected, one giant star skipped the pyrotechnics and went straight to the collapse.
  • Image of the Day May 26, 2017
    An impact site on the surface of Mars looks like a fantastical alien wonderland in this colorful image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

RSS NASA Space Station

RSS NASA Universe

RSS ESO

  • Secondary Mirror of ELT Successfully Cast May 22, 2017
    The casting of the secondary mirror blank for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been completed by SCHOTT at Mainz, Germany. The completed mirror will be 4.2 metres in diameter and weigh 3.5 tonnes. It will be the largest secondary mirror ever employed on a telescope and also the largest convex mirror ever produced.

RSS ESA Space

  • Schiaparelli landing investigation completed May 24, 2017
    The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.
  • Star storm May 22, 2017
    Space Science Image of the Week: Aoife van Linden Tol, recipient of the first ESA–Ars Electronica residency, created this sketch while researching for her art–science project at ESA

RSS Sky & Telescope – Observing

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 26 – June 3
      Friday, May 26 • While twilight is still bright, can you catch the thin crescent Moon about to set, just above the west-northwest horizon as shown at right? The Moon is only about 1¼ days old as seen at the time of dusk for North America (because new Moon was at 3:44 p.m. EDT […]
    Alan MacRobert
  • The Summer Triangle Makes its Midnight Debut
    Stay up late and you'll see the return of one of the sky's most familiar asterisms, the Summer Triangle. Firefly nights under the arch of the summertime Milky Way will soon be here. The post The Summer Triangle Makes its Midnight Debut appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • Fred Espenak Webinar: Advanced Eclipse Imaging
    Want to take your eclipse-photography experience to the next level? Get tips on advanced techniques from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," during S&T's live webinar on Tuesday, May 23rd. There are now just three months to go until August 21st's total eclipse of the Sun. And, like me, you're probably wondering how much time and […]
    Kelly Beatty

RSS Science Daily

  • Extreme Jupiter weather and magnetic fields
    New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter's weather and magnetic fields by astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first close passes of Jupiter by NASA's Juno mission.
  • Juno mission to Jupiter delivers first science results
    NASA's Juno mission is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, passing within 3,000 miles of the equatorial cloudtops.