Hubble Finds Birth Certificate of Oldest Known Star

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Meteor Showers -


Space junk

square kilometre array radio telescope



world astronomy

Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories
The Population of Space


Perseid Meteor Shower


World Astronomy Pool

Recommended Listening

SpaceTime with Stuart Gary
hosted by Stuart Gary, is a journey into antipodean astronomy. The virtual tour across the universe dives deep into the latest #science headlines and often includes the countdown of rocket launches for soundscape fans. Gary's conversations with scientists are inspired bits of eureka moments. The program has a storied history and numerous fans who were quite vocal when the program had a brief cessation. Star Stuff is one of my favorite podcasts. (Ron Mader's review)

Star Gazer talks up naked eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects for naked eye viewing for the following week.
Life and the cosmos. Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees
The philosophy of astronomy - Simon Schaffer][[|Ear to the Edge of Time - Is our love of a good story and a hero blinding us to the complex collaborations behind astronomy research?
Space Doubt -
The Night Air travels from the lunar voyage of 1969 to the European Space Agency's current search of deep space.
Big bangs, biospheres and the limits of science - One for the world’s foremost cosmologists and holder of the office of Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees takes us on tour of our universe and explores the big questions around our presence in a possible 'multiverse'.

Scientist Matt Taylor on the Rosetta mission - Matt Taylor is the project scientist on the Rosetta mission which in November, successfully landed a probe on a comet more than half a billion kilometres away. Brought up in east London, heavily tattooed and a heavy metal fan, Matt Taylor doesn't fit the usual profile of a serious scientist - nor one so closely involved with one of the most ambitious science projects around - to find out how planets were born and life began.








Flickr Groups

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Pocket Universe



Miami Science Museum

Deep Field

Translating: How many people are in space right now? #roofdog

Japanese: 今のスペースに何人ですか?
Maori: E hia nga iwi kei roto i te wāhi tika i teie nei?
Spanish: ¿Cuántas personas hay en el espacio en este momento?
Swedish: Hur många människor är i rymden just nu?
Italian: Quante persone sono in uno spazio in questo momento?


Buzzword Bingo

Astronomy - Asteroid - Big Bang - Ceres - Citizen Science - Comet - Constellation - Copernicus - Crater - Dark Sky - Earth - Eclipse - Exoplanet - Galaxy - Habitable Zone - Jupiter - Mars - Mercury - Meteor - Milky Way - Moon - Multiverse - Oort Cloud - Perseids - Planet - Planetarium - Pluto - Proplyd - Rotation - Revolution - Satellite - Saturn - Sky - Solar Occultation - Solar System - Stargazing - Solstice - Star - Sun - Telescope - Transit - Universe - Uranus - Venus - Wobble Method - world heritage

"Galactoseismology - map the unseen material of the galaxy using observed disturbances." (source)

The Great Attractor is a gravity anomaly in intergalactic space within the vicinity of the Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster at the centre of the Laniakea Supercluster that reveals the existence of a localised concentration of mass tens of thousands of times more massive than the Milky Way.


Lights in the dark

Aboriginal/Indigenous Astronomy

Aboriginal astronomy - Ockham's Razor
ABC Artworks: The First Astronomers
Before Galileo
Emu Dreaming


Torino_Scale - is a method for categorizing the impact hazard associated with near-Earth objects (NEOs) such as asteroids and comets.


Aurora Webcam - The real-time aurora and blue-sky camera system is developed by Misato Observatory in collaboration with Swedish Institute of Space Physics. The camera is installed on the roof of Abisko Mountain Station.

Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day occurs on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May, and is scheduled so as to occur at or just before the first quarter Moon. This means that the event happens on a different date each year, rather than a set calendar date. 2009 - May 2 ... and in 2010 - April 24

Dark Skies

April International Dark Sky Week

City Lights To Dark Skies - International Dark Sky Week 2014 from Mark Gee on Vimeo.


In 1928 the International Astronomical Union decreed the sky would be divided up into 88 constellations.






In 1948 British astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle predicted that when spaceflight enabled us to see the whole Earth from space, the view would change us forever. That day occurred in 1968 when the crew of Apollo 8 became the first astronauts to leave Earth orbit.
The first Earthrise (Nasa)
All nine Earthrise sequences
Apollo 8 film sequences
Mission to Planet Earth Programme



An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet beyond our solar system. The first confirmed discovery of a planet orbiting a normal star was made in 1995.



Milky Way Galaxy

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) - @LRO_NASA

NASA's twin STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecraft
Observing the Sun for Yourself





The Desert Fireball Network

Oort Cloud

Oort cloud







X-Ray Astronomy

Elsewhere on the Web

Academic Reports



Chris Peat's Heavens Above




TED | Talk | Tag | Astronomy
Richard Dawkins on our "queer" universe | Video on
Roy Gould and Curtis Wong preview the WorldWide Telescope | Video on ...
Martin Rees asks: Is this our final century? | Video on
Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter | Video on
Freeman Dyson says: let's look for life in the outer solar system ...

James Webb


First Orbit

Night Sky

Within Two Worlds from Goldpaint Photography on Vimeo.


The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.
- Douglas Adams, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

There's no question we'll record things that right now we don't even know that exist.
- Megan Clark, CSIRO, World's fastest radio telescope launched in Australia

People get stuck in certain ways in astronomy outreach. Some are old school and get into a rut.
- @DeepAstronomy,

At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos -- with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids -- got built this way.


Golden Record


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, is a laboratory of the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute. Research at GISS emphasizes a broad study of global climate change.

Radio Astronomy/Quiet Skies
Radio Frequency Interference, or RFI is the radio equivalent of light pollution. RFI effectively blinds our radio telescopes at certain frequencies, making it impossible to study the universe at those frequencies. Who knows what we're missing!


@DeepAstronomy relaunching Space Fan News in November, seeks greater interaction with space fans. Follow on #periscope and YouTube.


GalileanNights], October 22-24, 2009The new IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, Galilean Nights, will see amateur and professional astronomers, enthusiasts and the public taking to the streets all around the globe, pointing their telescopes to the wonders that Galileo observed 400 years ago. Spread over three nights, astronomers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for space by encouraging as many people as possible to look through a telescope at our planetary neighbours. The focus for Galilean Nights is the objects that Italian astronomer Galileo observed 400 years ago. These include Jupiter and the Moon, which will be well-positioned in the night sky for observing.http://www.galileannights.org make the most of your Galilean Nights observing experience, it will be important to know what will be visible in the sky in your area. Find out what you will be able to see of Jupiter and its moons and how they appear in relation to each other throughout Galilean Nights on this excellent and clearly laid out webpage: [[@
To find out what you will be able to see over the nights of October 22-24 then download a sky map for your region of the world. They are available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. The three regions covered are latitude 40° North for the countries in the Northern Hemisphere, an equatorial version for latitude 0° and a version for countries in the Southern Hemisphere for latitude 35° South. The maps are produced by

Early detection is early deflection

Solar System

Eyes on the Solar System"

The Planets,_Op.32_(Holst,_Gustav)

Citizen Science

Globe at Night
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Faulkes Telescope

Planet Hunters
Thanks to your hard work, the team has submitted our first science
paper to a journal. In October, we will be presenting the first
results from Planet Hunters at the European Planetary Science Congress
and American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences
joint meeting in Nantes, France We will be giving a
talk at the meeting, showing the results from your classifications of
the first Quarter of Kepler data. But we need your help! The light
curves held back from the original data release are now available on
the site. We need your helping classifying them so we can perform a
final search of all the Quarter 1 data for planet candidates and
present them in October. Help us with the search for planets today:

International Year of Astronomy 2009

Año Internacional de Astronomia 2009

The vision of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. All humans should realize the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society.

This year was picked by the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization because it occurs 400 years after Galileo turned one of the first telescopes toward the heavens and discovered that the Moon has craters, Venus has phases, Jupiter has moons and Saturn has rings.

star party

100 hours

EarthSky 22 - Alan Stern: ‘A Chihuahua is still a dog, and Pluto is still a planet' or 'Pluto has a Long Tail'

Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin

Neil Armstrong

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