Astronomy

Lyrids in Southern Skies

Lyrids meteors

Lyrid meteor shower peaked, as every year, before dawn on April 22nd, as our blue planet plowed through dust from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher.    Image © Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution)

By |April 24, 2014|Astronomy|

See where Asteroids have hit Earth the last 14 years

Asteroid

In the video you can see where asteroids have hit Earth since 2001 and you would be surprised of the frequency at which our planet is hit by them. The 26 strikes in the video were each between 1 and 600 kilotons.    Watch the video…

By |April 23, 2014|Astronomy|

The first Earth-sized Exoplanet in Habitable zone

Exoplanet Kepler-186f

Kepler discovers the first Earth-sized exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-186f, in the habitable zone of another Star.    Watch the video…   An artist’s conception of Kepler-186f Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech

By |April 18, 2014|Astronomy|

Spectacular total lunar eclipse on April 15

total lunar eclipse

It was a spectacular total lunar eclipse (2014 April 15), explains the talented photographer Babak A. Tafreshi, under the crystal clear night sky of La Silla observatory, at the southern outskirt of Atacama Desert, Chile.   All images © Babak A. Tafreshi

By |April 16, 2014|Astronomy|

Inside the Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the constellation Orion.   Image ©  R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA

By |April 15, 2014|Astronomy|

The amazing Differences between the sizes of Stars in a map

Differences between the sizes of Stars

This chart by Axel Ramos, shows the enormous differences between the sizes of Stars. Just like planets, stars come in different sizes. Above is only a small part of the map. You will be amazed with the full infographic

By |April 14, 2014|Astronomy|

Tuesday early morning’s total Lunar eclipse

total Lunar eclipse

A Blood Moon, a total lunar eclipse, on April 15th marks the beginning of a remarkable series of eclipses, for the next 2 years, all visible from North America.   Image © NASA   Watch the video to find out where and when…

By |April 14, 2014|Astronomy|

A mystery light on Mars

mystery light on Mars

Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots!    This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes a bright spot near the upper left corner. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

By |April 9, 2014|Astronomy|

Most precise measurement yet of the expanding Universe

measurement of the expanding Universe

Astronomers just make the most precise measurement yet of the expanding Universe.    An illustration of how astronomers used quasar light to trace the expansion of the universe. Image © Paul Hooper at Spirit Design, with Mat Pieri and Gongbo Zhao, ICG

By |April 8, 2014|Astronomy|

Dark Skies interactive map

Light pollution comparisons

Light pollution disappears the stars and the beauty of The Milky Way.   Explore how bright your city is at night with the interactive map by NASA…

By |April 7, 2014|Astronomy|
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