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Phobos, our closest look

Phobos, our closest look

Phobos is the larger of the two moons orbiting Mars. Both Phobos and Deimos appear very similar to asteroids, however capturing 2  asteroids, circularizing their orbits, and dragging them into Mars' equatorial plane seems unlikely. Here is Phobos as it appeared during last week's flyby of ESA's Mars Express. You can clearly see in great [...]

Saturn’s Rings – Up close

Saturn’s Rings – Up close

There are a number of sources of fantastic images these days, Hubble, HiRISE and Cassini. Here is another gorgeous  natural color view of  gradations in the transparency of Saturn's inner rings taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  We can see the myriad of dark shadows of the rings separate Saturn's southern hemisphere in the bottom of the image [...]

Stunning Saturn

Stunning Saturn

Saturn is truly more beautiful that we could have ever imagined. Here we see Saturn cast its shadow on the rings in this Cassini image that shows how the rings reflect sunlight onto the dark side of the planet.  Saturn appears dimly illuminated by the ringshine. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 10 [...]

3D flight over Mars Candor Chasma

3D flight over Mars Candor Chasma

I've finally accepted I wont be going to Mars,  however if I did go, this 3D animation gives some idea of what I might actually see. It was produced by Adrian Lark (Adrian's Youtube channel) and it shows a three-dimensional flyover of Candor Chasma on Mars generated using HiRISE data. The flight takes us through part of Candor Chasma, one of the [...]

A look at some asteroids

A look at some asteroids

So what is an asteroid? The term comes with some confusion as the distinction between asteroids, comets, meteoroids, and (TNO) Trans-Neptunian objects are somewhat ill-defined, and then there are minor planets, the preferred term by the International Astronomical Union until 2006, when the term "small Solar System body" (SSSB) was introduced to [...]

Download the Astronomy Sky Guide 2010 for Free!

Download the Astronomy Sky Guide 2010 for Free!

Free is good but quality is better....so when something is both free and of high quality you should take note! For example, take a look at this free 40 page downloadable pdf file which  contains just about everything you need to know if you have any interest in observing the night sky in 2010. This guide was recently brought to my attention, and [...]

Happy Astronomical Valentine’s Day

Happy Astronomical Valentine’s Day

There is a term called Pareidolia which is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.  The face on Mars is another [...]

Live TV from the International Space Station

Live TV from the International Space Station

Watch live streaming of astronauts on the ISS..... I'd like to think that this has the potential to be huge, and I doubt it will be quite like Big Brother!   This is live streaming from the ISS through its high-speed communications antenna and NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. It won't always be on, but when it is  you [...]

Fireball reported over Ireland – but the video is fake…

Fireball reported over Ireland – but the video is fake…

Editor comment: After posting this article, including the video the following comment was posted on the Nightsky.ie facebook page. It would seem clear that the video at least is not the real deal as it has been on YouTube for over a year now with thecatchy title of "The Real ALIEN DEATH STAR over Iraq UFO or Meteor spiraling towards [...]

Your guide to finding Mars

Your guide to finding Mars

January 2010 is a great time of year to find Mars in the night sky. Each evening it rises about 7.30 and it is easily identified with a very red glow in the sky. The main thing is where to look. Over the next few weeks it gets closer and closer and makes for easy viewing. January and Feburary are the best months to observe Mars for a [...]

Hubble IMAX 3D

Hubble IMAX 3D

The Hubble IMAX 3D release, in theatres from March 19. The trailer looks great, and it is to be narrated byLeonardo DiCaprio I've heard about the amazing work done by NASA astronauts to repair and upgrade this amazing telescope and it looks like this story might help tell that tale. Should be worth a look!

Betelgeuse in unprecedented detail

Betelgeuse in unprecedented detail

Betelgeuse is one of my favourite stars. Firstly it is easily identifiable as part of the Orion constellation and secondly did you know that it is actually the destination star for the original Planet of the Apes novel (in French by the way!). But on a more serious note it is a  semiregular variable star located approximately 640 light-years from [...]

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