It is a diamond in the sky! This Sunday coming, one of the longest running television shows in the world celebrates 60 yeas of probing the universe beyond our humble globe. For six decades The Sky at Night has encouraged viewers to turn their gaze upwards and take notice of the stars above.
It’s going to rain like never before in Australia come March. Thick cloud, fog, maybe snow. Fate has been tempted - Stargazing Live is going on tour!
Not only did they make a scale model of the solar system out in the desert, they drove round the orbits at night with a light on their car to make a really cool time-lapse of the planets orbiting.
After almost 10 years, New Horizons has traveled three billion miles to the Kuiper Belt to take pictures of Pluto. In 85 years, we’ve gone from this:
Just yesterday, NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope may have detected evidences of a salt water ocean underneath the surface of Jupiter's largest satellite, Ganymede. The discovery prompted me to listen to Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from his The Planets suite. The Planets wasn't actually inspired by…
Tomorrow morning is the 2nd of the tetrad of total lunar eclipses. I'm setting my alarm extra early.
Have you ever wondered why no one wants to join you, a philosopher, for a round of golf? The fact of the matter is that, on the golf course, philosophers are a truly tedious lot—always have been!!
There is an update at the bottom of this post, where it will make more sense than it would at the top here.
Because our Solar System is awesome. And this cell phone pic does it no justice.
I really need to get a DSLR adaptor for my telescope, phonecam shots through the lens are not easy nor as impressive as it really looks.
...think Pluto blew up.
Saturn was in opposition last night, meaning the Earth was directly between it and the Sun, so it was incredibly bright. Coincidentally it's also at perigee in its orbit, that is, it's at the closest point to the Sun it can get, so it's pretty big too.
Did you know the sun's daily high point, mapped for one year, looks like a figure 8? Here's an amazing mosaic compound photo of the midday sun over a year . The photographer is Tunc Tezel. Living in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, he went out every day for a year, combined daily shots, then put…
It may be 800 million miles away right now, but Philadelphia's TV news camera Chopper 6 was able to use its image-stabilised telephoto lens to get footage of Saturn so clear you can see the rings.