A breathtaking Tour of the Moon

A breathtaking Tour of the Moon from LRO

“Tour of the Moon” takes viewers to several interesting locations on the moon. The tour from NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team, stops in this breathtaking journey, across the moon’s surface.

Crater with Gullies on Mars

Crater with Gullies on Mars

The 40-kilometer diameter unnamed crater in this image from HiRISE is located west of Lyot Crater and north of Deuteronilus Mensae in the Northern Plains of Mars.  NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

By |March 18, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

Unidentified Sun object is identified! (video)

Unidentified Sun object -black spherical anomoly

On March 12, 2012 Sunsflare posted a video asking if anyone could identify a circular object seen in SDO coronal images, concerning a black spherical anomoly the size of Jupiter on the south east limb of the sun.

By |March 17, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

Biggest sunspot region in years

AR 1429 Biggest sunspot region in years

An active region on the sun, has been moving across the face of the sun from left to right since March 2, 2012. Designated AR 1429, the spot has so far produced three X-class flares and numerous M-class flares.

Evolution of the Moon

Evolution of the Moon

Incredible Nasa video shows 4.5 Billion years of the moon’s history in just three minutes.

From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn’t always look like this.

By |March 16, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , |

Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared

Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared

Sombrero Galaxy, one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light.

Jupiter and Venus to appear side by side (video)

Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus

Jupiter and Venus will appear to be side-by-side over the next few days. Of course, they aren’t actually close to one another in the sky. They’re really separated by millions of miles. But from our perspective here on Earth, we see the two objects closely lined up and that’s a conjunction.

By |March 14, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , |

Spectacular aurora from high activity on the Sun

Spectacular aurora from high activity on the Sun

The Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) unleashed by active region 1429 initially hit Earth producing amazing displays of aurora like the one shown above over Iceland, photographed by Jónína Óskarsdóttir!

How Big is a Neutron star

Compare the size of a neutron star to Manhattan

This illustration compares the size of a neutron star to Manhattan. The crushed core of a star that has exploded as a supernova, a neutron star packs more mass than the sun into a sphere just 10 to 15 miles wide. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Largest star-forming region

30 Doradus Nebula, largest star-forming region

The image, taken in ultraviolet, visible and red light by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, spans about 100 light-years. The nebula is close enough to Earth that Hubble can resolve individual stars, giving astronomers important information about the stars’ birth and evolution.