Martin Benson sent us in this photo of Jupiter, Venus and the Moon aligned to make up a smiley face. This delightful image was taken from Martin’s driveway in Logan all the way over in Queensland, Australia at 7.30pm EST on December 1st 2008. While astrophotography may seem to be the preserve of experts with sophisticated equipment Martin told us that his image “was taken on my Nokia N95 mobile phone 5 megapixel camera” and that he “was surprised at the result as it is the first photo of any kind I have taken of the night sky.” Well done Martin!
Full Moon and Perigee Moon converge for a Supermoon
Track down two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta
Planetary pairings of Saturn and Mars, Jupiter and Venus
The Perseid meteor shower peaks
The Equinox restores balance to days and nights
Mars meets its rival, Antares
An early Harvest Moon occurs in September
Look out for Noctilucent Clouds
A wealth of astrophotography can be found on this site and throughout the internet but there is another way to be creative with astronomical imagery: space art. Talented individuals produce artistic renderings of everything the cosmos has to offer. This is a genre of art informed both by science and imagination, capable of challenging our perceptions of the Universe. For more, you can read: Michael Carroll’s full article on Space Art
A while back Lydia interviewed Guy Ottewell, an astronomy author whose Astronomical Calendar has helped her to plan out our Sky Guide. Well, we have organised with Guy’s publisher to offer the following which we hope you’ll enjoy:
Any purchase that includes the promo code AST99 will receive free ground shipping now until March 31, 2009. This promotion includes all six of Guy Ottewell’s astronomy titles:
- 2009 Astronomical Calendar
- The Astronomical Companion
- The Under-Standing of Eclipses
- To Know The Stars
- Albedo to Zodiac
- The Thousand Yard Model
Our friends in Canada have inaugurated the International Year of Astronomy with a series of events so if you’re in the area, stop by and commune with all things astronomy related!
To celebrate Canadian discoveries and to share knowledge about astronomy, the Canada Science and Technology Museum offers astronomy mini-courses, stargazing evenings, and family astronomy and space workshops. For information visit here. Read the rest of this post …
If you have visited the forums at Astronomy Today you will surely have come across posts by Barry Armstead, an amateur astronomer hailing from Australia. His posts have documented his astrophotography but also his skill at creating his own observatory. In this interview Barry delves into this passion and his quest to restore an antique telescope. Read the interview here.
Astronomy Today readers can secure a 10% discount at AstroCal by entering the following promo code: Astro10 when ordering one of the following items:
- Moon Phase Calculator
- Moon Calendar Poster
- Astro Calendar
This also includes a 10% discount on all AstroCal’s special offers! AstroCal’s Moon Calendar always impressed Lydia and was a useful tool in compiling our Sky Guide.
NASA has released a 400 page document detailing the seven month investigation of the Columbia tragedy, lost on re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a sixteen day mission.
It was determined that the fallen foam which hit the shuttle wing caused the fatal problem and that the astronauts were attempting to gain control of the situation when they were rendered unconscious (within 30 seconds) due to lost cabin pressure. Read the rest of this post …
Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by chronicling the sun rising on January 1, 2009, the last sunset of 2008, the last moon of 2008 and the first moon of 2009. This year make it a point to attend a Star Party and an astronomy club meeting and further celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by sending us your first glimpse of your favourite observing object. Read the rest of this post …