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Posts in the past four weeks

Tuesday
Mar 31 2015
17:25 UTC

Seeking Ceres: Following the Brave New World Through 2015

... little world is making big headlines in 2015. NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around 1 Ceres on March 6th, 2015, gaving us the first stunning images of the ~900 kilometre diameter world. But whether you refer to Ceres as a dwarf planet, minor planet, or the king of the asteroid belt, this corner of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Mar 31 2015
14:14 UTC

Don't Blink! April 4th Lunar Eclipse Shortest of the Century

Get ready for one awesome total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning April 4th. For the third time in less than a year, the Moon dips into Earth's shadow, its dazzling white globe turning sunset red right before your eyes.┬┬All eclipses are not-to-miss events, but Saturday's totality will be the shortest in a century. Brief but […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Mar 25 2015
20:41 UTC

Using 19th Century Technology to Time Travel to the Stars

In the late 19th century, astronomers developed the technique of capturing telescopic images of stars and galaxies on glass photographic plates. This allowed them to study the night sky in detail. Over 500,000 glass plate images taken from 1885 to 1992 are part of the Plate Stacks Collection of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Mar 24 2015
18:50 UTC

Turning Stars Into Art

We all have cameras, and the sky's an easy target, so why not have a little fun? Ever since I got my first camera at age 12 I wanted to shoot time exposures of the night sky. That and a tripod are all you need. Presented here for your enjoyment are a few oddball and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 23 2015
14:52 UTC

Eclipse chasing in the Faroe Islands – 20 March 2015

Totality, and the Sun's glowing corona, from near the town of Runavik in the Faroe Islands. Credit: Will Gater Last week I was the guest astronomer on an Omega Holidays trip to the Faroe Islands for the total solar eclipse of 20th March. I'll try to post a full report soon, but in the meantime […]

Posted by WillGater.com

Saturday
Mar 21 2015
23:11 UTC

total solar eclipse - svalbard

did you see the total solar eclipse on march 20th, 2015? my friend geoff sims was up to capture him consistently amazing photos of the events from Svalbard. and one from 35,000 feet, collaboration with Glenn Schneider. i'd like to see a thorough movie of his experiences and eclipse photos. here's a preview of that possibility. support their kickstarter if you want to see it to! i missed it unfortunately, but i absolutely have plans to be in the US on August 21st, 2017 ;)

Posted by astropixie

Saturday
Mar 21 2015
17:10 UTC

Nova in Sagittarius Brighter Than Ever — Catch it with the Naked Eye!

Great news about that┬new nova in Sagittarius. It's still climbing in brightness┬and now ranks┬as┬the brightest nova seen┬from mid-northern latitudes in nearly two years. Even from the northern states, where Sagittarius hangs low in the sky before dawn, the “new star” was easy to spy this morning at magnitude +4. 4. While not as rare as hen's […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Mar 20 2015
12:25 UTC

Amazing Views of Today's Total Solar Eclipse From Earth and Space

There's an old Robert Heinlein saying that goes “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get,” And the weather certainly kept folks guessing right up until the start of today's eclipse. And though much of the UK and tracks along the Faroe Islands were clouded out, folks who made the trek up to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Mar 19 2015
22:21 UTC

Messenger Readies For its Last Weeks at Mercury

Low Flyovers Will Give the Best Close-up ViewsSometime in the next few months, the long-running MESSENGER mission at Mercury is going to take its last swoop over the planet, and then angle into Mercury's surface. The long-planned Hover Campaign, uses orbit-correction maneuvers to delay the spacecraft's final plunge for a few weeks so that they

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Mar 18 2015
23:54 UTC

Letters to Pluto

Less Than 1 AU and Counting…Dear Pluto,A few days ago the New Horizons spacecraft passed an important milestone: it was 1 A. U. from its major target: Pluto. that means YOU! ┬That also means it was as far away from you┬as Earth is from the Sun. By now, it's even closer. ┬A lot of us here

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Mar 18 2015
12:29 UTC

aurora australis

last night the skies over a lot of australia and new zealand glowed - the aurora australis. this photo was captured in perth, western australia by colin legg. you can also see the milky way shooting across the sky and the large magellanic cloud - a small irregular galaxy smudged just at the top of the red glowing gas. the southern hemisphere night sky is so lovely.

Posted by astropixie

Tuesday
Mar 17 2015
16:36 UTC

Green and Red Auroras Light Up St. Patrick's Day Dawn

... strong G3 geomagetic storm surged across the planet this morning producing a spectacular display of the northern lights. Some of you may who may have risen┬to see the new nova┬were no doubt as┬surprised as the NOAA space weather folks, whose overnight forecast did not include an alert for even a minor storm. So what […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Mar 17 2015
12:02 UTC

Slender Moonspotting, Occultations, Daytime Planets and More

One of nature's grandest occultations' of all is coming right up this Friday, as the Moon passes in front of the Sun for viewers in the high Arctic for a total solar eclipse. And although 99. 999+% percent of humanity will miss totality, everyone can trace the fascinating path of the Moon as it moves back […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 16 2015
15:38 UTC

New Binocular Nova Discovered in Sagittarius

Looks like the Sagittarius Teapot's got a new whistle. On March 15, John Seach of Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia discovered a probable nova┬in the heart of the constellation using a DSLR camera and fast 50mm lens. Checks┬revealed no bright asteroid or variable star at the location. At the time, the new object glowed at the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Mar 14 2015
21:00 UTC

Happy Pi Day! Find Pi in the Sky

Happy Pi Day! Pi is one of the┬few mathematical constants that┬immediately conjures up thoughts of food. Pies in particular. My┬wife Linda, inspired by this important day, prepared a lemon angel meringue pie I can't wait to taste.┬(...)Read the rest of Happy Pi Day! Find Pi in the Sky (538 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Mar 12 2015
16:12 UTC

Will the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse Impact Europe's Solar Energy Grid?

The first eclipse of 2015 is coming right up on Friday, March 20th, and may provide a unique challenge for solar energy production across Europe. Sure, we've been skeptical about many of the websites touting a ‘blackout' and Y2K-like doom pertaining to the March 20th total solar eclipse as of late. (...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Mar 12 2015
15:15 UTC

NASA Unravels Mysteries of Magnetic Reconnection with Nighttime Blastoff of MMS Satellite Quartet — Watch Live

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – A state of the art quartet of identical science satellites aimed at unraveling the mysteries of the process known as magnetic reconnection is slated for a spectacular nighttime blastoff tonight, March 12, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Cape Canaveral, Florida. The $1. 1 Billion Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Mar 11 2015
14:59 UTC

A Complete Guide to the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse

The first of two eclipse seasons for the year is upon us this month, and kicks off with the only total solar eclipse for 2015 on Friday, March 20th. And what a bizarre eclipse it is. (...)Read the rest of A Complete Guide to the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse (1,472 words) ┬ David Dickinson […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Mar 10 2015
20:05 UTC

If You Could See in Radio These Are the Crazy Shapes You'd See in the Sky

Even though it's said that the┬average human eye can discern from seven to ten million different values and hues of colors, in reality our eyes are sensitive to only a very small section of the entire electromagnetic spectrum, corresponding to wavelengths in the range of 400 to 700 nanometers. Above and below those ranges lie […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 09 2015
23:11 UTC

Dust Whirls, Swirls and Twirls at Rosetta's Comet

Tell me this montage shouldn't be hanging in the Lourve Museum. Every time I think I've seen the “best image” of Rosetta's comet, another one takes its place. Or in this case four! When you and I look at a comet in our telescopes or binoculars, we're seeing mostly the coma, the bright, fluffy head […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Mar 06 2015
18:10 UTC

Mars Loses an Ocean But Gains the Potential for Life

It's hard to believe it now looking at Mars' dusty, dessicated landscape that it once possessed a vast ocean. A recent NASA study of the Red Planet using the world's most powerful infrared telescopes clearly indicate a planet that sustained a body of water larger than the Earth's Arctic Ocean. If spread evenly across the […]

Posted by Universe Today

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