The new VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile (the Visible and InfraredSurvey Telescope for Astronomy) has captured a great new image of the Sculptor Galaxy(NGC 253), and this video allows you to zoom in for a closer look. The sequence starts with a wide view of the southern sky far from the Milky Way. Only a few stars are [...]
Another stunning image from Herschel reveals the formation of previously unseen large stars, each one up to ten times the mass of our Sun. These are the stars that will influence where and how the next generation of stars are formed. The image is a new release of ‘OSHI’, ESA’s Online Showcase of Herschel Images. The Rosette Nebula [...]
On March 6, 2009, the Kepler space telescope was launched from Cape Canaveral with a primary mission to find Earth sized planets in a habitable zone around stars similar to our own by continuously and simultaneously observes more than 150,000 stars. Kepler's instrument, has measured hundreds of possible planet signatures which are currently being [...]
Its a terrible thing to get a telescope as a present and not know what to look at or indeed how to use it. Since I know quite a few people who got a galileoscope as a present, I thought it might be a good idea to give a few tips and pointers. So here are some simple things you should know. Please note: The Galileoscope is NOT a solar [...]
As a very intermittent observer (ie time challenged / lazy) ,I find identifying and locating celestial objects hard going. I would love a Heads Up Display that could identify whatever object I happened to be looking at and could also tell me how to find specific objects by following my gaze and giving simple instructions ('up a bit', 'left', [...]
According to NASA TV there was no significant visible plume from the impact of the spacecraft. There is good spectographic data and it does show Sodium a cause for some excitement as it wasn't expected. Regarding the spectorgraphic data, they are being cautiously optimistic despite the lack of a visible plume, but they point blank refused [...]
Recently I was wondering how to see deeper into the night sky than was possible using my own Telescope. I had heard that it was possible to "rent" time on a Telescope so I decided to look into it and see what I could find. Ignoring some of the static webcams out there I was looking for something that would help me see something interesting and [...]
Twitter is trivial, annoying and pointless. Really? I suppose you have to figure out what it might be good for. For me, the idea that you can have SMS style news feeds from Spacecrafts and Telescopes is pretty amazing.
This was my birthday present this year...cool or what!
Testing iPhone application connection. Whow!