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Monday May 1st 2017

RSS NASA Breaking News

  • NASA Digital Communications Honored with 2017 Webby Awards April 25, 2017
    NASA's digital communications team will be honored at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York. For the first time, NASA’s social media presence has been recognized by the Webby Awards, winning in corporate communications and being honored with the People's Voice Award.
  • NASA Awards Goddard Logistics, Technical Information Services Contract April 24, 2017
    NASA has awarded the Goddard Logistics and Technical Information II (GLTI II) Services Contract to TRAX International Corporation of Las Vegas.
  • NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks STEM Education with President Trump April 24, 2017
    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, broke the record Monday for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut – an occasion that was celebrated with a phone call from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins.

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: 24-28 April 2017
  • Australia floods
    Sentinel-2 sees rivers in eastern Australia breach their banks following heavy rains
  • Monitoring the airways
    Astronauts in space are valuable sources of scientific data. Researchers collect blood and urine samples to understand what effects living in weightlessness has on their bodies. For one experiment, investigators are interested in their breath.

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

  • SLS Engine Section Test Article Loaded on Barge Pegasus April 28, 2017
    A engine section structural qualification test article for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, is loaded onto the barge Pegasus at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The test article now will make its way from Michoud to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for structural loads testing.
  • Cassini Captures Closest Images of Saturn's Atmosphere April 27, 2017
    This unprocessed image shows features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26, 2017.

RSS Astronomy Magazine

RSS Space.com

RSS NASA Space Station

  • NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks STEM Education with President Trump
    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, broke the record Monday for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut – an occasion that was celebrated with a phone call from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins.
  • How to See President’s Call to International Space Station on April 24
    President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special 20-minute, Earth-to-space call at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, April 24, to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

RSS NASA Universe

  • 'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing April 26, 2017
    Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.
  • Planet Hunters Named in TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People April 20, 2017
    Three extraordinary planet-hunters have been recognized by TIME Magazine as this year’s top 100 most influential people: Natalie Batalha from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley; Michael Gillon from the University of Liège in Belgium; and Guillem Anglada-Escudé from the Queen Mary University in London.

RSS ESO

  • ALMA Residencia Handed Over April 25, 2017
    The new ALMA Residencia at the ALMA Operations Support Facility has just been handed over to the Joint ALMA Observatory. The celebration event was attended by the ALMA Board and the directors of the three executives — ESO, NAOJ and NRAO. The architects who designed the building were also present. The ALMA Residencia is the […]

RSS ESA Space

  • Countdown to Cassini's Grand Finale April 25, 2017
    After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini–Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. 
  • Titanic adventure April 24, 2017
    Space Science Image of the Week: A final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan puts Cassini–Huygens on course for its grand finale

RSS Sky & Telescope – Observing

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 28 – May 6
    Jupiter, among the stars of Virgo, shines brightly in the southeast at dusk this week. It's highest in the south by 11 or midnight daylight saving time. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 28 – May 6 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Are You Ready, Willing, and Abell?
    A cosmic rabbit hole in the tail of Leo will take you to Abell 1367, a wonderland of galaxies more than 300 million light-years from Earth. Step in and lose yourself in the vastness. The post Are You Ready, Willing, and Abell? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • Fred Espenak’s Webinar on Basic Eclipse Photography
    As August 21st's awesome solar eclipse draws nearer, it's a great time to get valuable basic tips on how to photograph this spectacle — even with your smartphone — from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," during S&T's live webinar on Tuesday, April 25th. The post Fred Espenak’s Webinar on Basic Eclipse Photography appeared first on […]
    Kelly Beatty

RSS Science Daily

  • Hubble's bright shining lizard star
    The bright object seen in this Hubble image is a single and little-studied star named TYC 3203-450-1, located in the constellation of Lacerta (The Lizard). The star is much closer than the much more distant galaxy.
  • Solar system: New insights into ring system
    Astronomers have modeled the two rings around Chariklo, the smallest body in the Solar System known to have rings. This is the first time an entire ring system has been simulated using realistic sizes for the ring particles. The simulation revealed that the ring particles are much smaller than predicted or that an undiscovered shepherd […]