“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be,” said Carl Sagan “We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” The Hubble space telescope has made it possible to perceive this mysterious universe in ways never seen before. Continue reading
Remote galaxies shimmer from the combined light of billions of stars. They display never ending combinations of forms, not only the well known spiral arms. The night sky has far more to offer than what the bare eye is able to see. The pictures in this calendar were chosen from the best from talented amateur astronomers and also the world’s most powerful scientific telescopes, the magnificent universe is presented in Astronomy 2015 in brilliant high-resolution color. Continue reading
O.k. I’ll admit it will be hard to tread in Armstrongs footsteps literally – but that does not mean that you can’t play an important role in current moon research. “But I am not a studied astro physician at all”, I hear you say.
Never mind – there are great ways to engage in science for everyone, thanks to the internet.
If you are interested in the moon and want to help the scientific community, take a look at the moon zoo project at
In the following video you will learn how to take part in the classification of moon craters:
Our imagination is stressed quite a bit if we look up and see nothing but blinking spots on a clear sky. What a wondrous device something like a telescope is – all of a sudden the little dots turn into something magnificent – Galaxies and stars, nebulae, super novas and all the other wonders of the universe become imaginable. Again terence Dickinson has compiled a collection of the finest pictures of the universe’s endless beauty.
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With an astronomy calendar you have the perfect gift for introducing kids (well, not only…) to science. Science not only is about boring numbers – it is also about magnificent views that touch everyone.
Exoplanets (planets of stars other than our own sun) are very exciting for scientists, especially when they are similar to our own earth, because they could teach us a lot about the formation of our planet. Keep reading if you are curious and want to know more about these incredible planets.
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When did you look up to the sky the last time and wondered what a magnitude of objects might be there – hidden to the eye because the vast space between you and them? This calendar has a selection of the finest pictures that give you a glimpse of the beauty the universe has to offer.
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Astronomy calendars are a perfect introduction to science and everyone – not only the physics freaks – will immediately recognize the beauty of our universe.
To many night sky watchers, the Geminids meteor shower is considered to be one of the most unbelievable meteor showers of all. This is due to the multi-colored meteors that are produced. During the peak of the Geminids Meteor shower, spectators can expect to see up to 60 meteors in one hour. This shower begins on December 6 and runs through December 19, but the best view of the shower will be observed on the nights of December 13 and 14. This year expect to have a night to remember since the new moon gives an assurance of a dark sky. Continue reading
There are moments and events that remain forever etched in our minds. The way to determine if an event qualifies for this category is that the person can accurately recall the date and time that the event occurred many years later. One such event is a total solar eclipse.
People who have witnessed a total solar eclipse use many superlatives in describing this occurrence. On November 13, people living in Northern Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity to witness this spectacle firsthand. Continue reading
Astronomy lovers will enjoy the spectacle that will unfold on December 3. This is the time that Jupiter comes in opposition to the sun. When a planet reaches opposition, it means that it is not only the brightest that it will be throughout the entire year, but this is also the time that it will be the closest to earth. On this day, Jupiter will have a distance of 4.0688 AU (Astronomical Unit) from earth and 5.0544 AU from the sun. One AU is equal to 149,598,000 kilometers. Continue reading
For those who have a fascination with either Venus or Saturn, you will have a treat when both are seen together On November 27, 2012. Star gazers will want to pay particular attention on this day as Venus and Saturn appear to almost touch in the nighttime sky. Known as a conjunction, this means that the two planets will be within one degree of each other. This event is also known as an appulse. This conjunction will occur at 05:14:02 UTC (Universal Coordinated Time). Continue reading