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For those interested or who like keeping up with cutting-edge astronomy, Portal to the Universe has opened. It's a high-tech website embracing Web 2.0 technologies and aims to become a one-stop-shop for astronomy news.

One thing I found through the Portal is Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (hosted by Manchester University). On that site there is NIGHT SKY THIS MONTH, something I've been looking for, for ages. Previously I've always found out about events in the night sky after the fact. So tonight (Sunday, April 26th), and over the next couple of days the crescent Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster line up in the western sky, providing a beautiful sunset conjunction. I think you'll need binoculars and a low western horizon though, to see Mercury.

liresius: (Sombrero Galaxy - Hubble telescope pic)
Thought I'd post some pictures from APOD, since 2009 is The International Year of Astronomy and it's nice to keep the buzz going. I'd like to set myself a target of doing something once a month to keep the wonder fresh. We'll see. These are just a selection of some that I like or are of historical significance. Some are from 2008 and some this year. Not many starfields among them. More a focus on the Moon and planets. There are 20 small clickable images under the cut and they will take you to the APOD picture in its full glory with details of what they are. What are your favourite astronomy pics? Feel free to post links to them here.

wonders of our universe ahoy! )


Jan. 18th, 2009 06:07 pm
liresius: (Sombrero Galaxy - Hubble telescope pic)
Mm, check out APOD's current pic of Saturn's Hyperion: A Moon with Odd Craters

Reminds me a bit of organ pipe coral


Feb. 27th, 2007 07:02 pm
liresius: (Sombrero Galaxy - Hubble telescope pic)
Surprised to see me use this word? You should be! I really deplore its modern use, in much the same way "tragedy" is used for the everyday. Be that as it may ... Cast your eyes upon the firmament ... the 10 most popular Hubble Telescope photos.

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. Officially called M104, it has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
And why hopeful? That this photo was voted Number 1. gives me hope at least of humankind's discernment in design and maybe we'll work out the problems that beset us. It's beautiful in its utter "simplicity" when compared with the wonderfully colourful, but flashily complex 2-10.
Roll on E.L.E. 6.
No. 2-10 here )

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