Astronomy

Small Moon Mimas

Saturn's moon Mimas

Mimas, one of Saturn‘s small moons with a big crater, is made of mostly water ice with a smattering of rock – so it is accurately described as a big dirty snowball.

By |October 21, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

magnetic field of Erth

New study finds Earth’s magnetic field that protects life from energetic particles from the sun and cosmic rays, could flip within a human lifetime. It can take just 100 years to flip.   Image © ESA

By |October 17, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

100 Planetary Nebulas in one page

100 Planetary Nebulas

An amazing collection of 100 planetary nebulas, almost all the beauty of our Universe, in one page by Judy Schmidt.

By |October 14, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

The Hunter’s Moon Lunar Eclipse

Hunter’s Moon Lunar Eclipse

This is one of the best photos of the Hunter’s Moon Lunar Eclipse, by photographer Frank Miller.

By |October 11, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Two Black Holes Dancing

Two Supermassive black holes

The two bright sources at this composite x-ray (blue)/ radio (pink) image are co-orbiting supermassive black holes at the center of active galaxy 3C 75.

By |September 29, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Curiosity spotted a mysterious ‘ball’ on Mars

ball on Mars

Curiosity spotted a mysterious ‘ball‘ on Mars. It looks like a pretty perfect sphere.   Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

By |September 26, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Earth lit during the equinox

equinox

The entire disk of the Earth lit during the equinox on September 22, 2013.   Take a look at the video…

By |September 23, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

The winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend

This year the Royal Observatory’s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition received a record 1700 entries.

By |September 23, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

This is a detailed catalogue of the visible Milky Way

detailed catalogue of the visible Milky Way

A new catalogue of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars.

By |September 21, 2014|Categories: Astronomy

Potentially Habitable Moons

Europa, Ganymede, Titan and Enceladus

According to astrobiologists, these may be the four most tantalizing potentially habitable moons in our Solar System. Europa, Ganymede, Titan and Enceladus shown at the same scale.

By |September 19, 2014|Categories: Astronomy
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