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The Geminid meteor shower returns every December, thanks to the Earth’s plowing through debris left by a boiled asteroid. The best time to watch is between 10 p.m. local time Tuesday, Dec. 13 and sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14. "Observers with clear skies could see as many as 40 Geminids per hour," predicts Bill Cooke of the NASA [...]
The Phobos-Grunt received its first substantial funding in 2007. By the beginning of 2008, the Phobos-Grunt project was in an active development stage and it is set to launch by the end of 2011. If you would like to learn more the Planetary Society are presenting a talk in Dublin, Galway and Cork about the Russian Phobo-Grunt and NASA Mars [...]
The next full moon will be the largest in about 20years but it can be hard to tell the difference without a point of reference. Try to catch it near the horizon and don't listen to any nonsense about it creating floods or volcano's.
The Cassini spacecraft watches over the northern latitudes of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus while the planet's rings peek through in the distance in this snapshot. What a great shot!
outside in is a ground-breaking giant screen film animated from hundreds of thousands of still photographs and supported as a non-profit project funded by individual supporters. Using Cassini images this is a fly through the Saturn system which is truly amazing. 5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.
When I heard that Kepler had some candidate planets in the habitable zone of their stars I wondered what it would be like in those distant solar systems. This got me interested in looking at some of the best images of our own planetary system and from that came this video. Please feel free to forward and share. This is a journey through our solar [...]
Hubble appears to have beaten the record for the oldest galaxy observed by over 120Million light years. While there may be some confirmation to do on the discovery , the candidate Galaxy named UDFj-39546284, is seen as it was just 480 million years after the Big Bang at a distance of 13.2 billion light years away. Current theory suggests we [...]
I was a little surprised to hear that there are reports regarding the possibility of the star Betelgeuse exploding in 2012. Surprised for a few reasons, but mainly that anyone thinks we could possible predict this to such a high degree of accuracy. Here is the link suggesting a twin Star could be visible from earth if Betelgeuse explodes in 2012 [...]
Moonrise as seen by astronaut Paolo Nespoli on board the International Space Station! Paolo Nespoli has a Flickr page where he posts amazing pictures he’s taken from space. Click to see a much larger version.
The Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. Here are some great images of the Nebula. A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space [...]
If you like Astronomy then you have probably heard about the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait. Phil is a skeptic and a scientist who spends some of his time debunking half truths and myths and tries to set the record straight in a fun sort of way. Well I'm a fan! So I thought I would point out that he has just announced a new series which premieres [...]
The usual method for defining the age of the Solar System is to determine the time of the formation of the first solid grains in the disc surrounding the proto-Sun. Currently we date calcium-aluminium-rich inclusions in meteorites. A recently published study in Nature Geoscience has revised the current age of the Solar System to be .3 to 1.9 [...]