Astronomy Category

50th anniversary of first human flight into space

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first human flight in space. Here you can find the web site dedicated to this event.  These are Gagarin’s words as he saw the Earth from Space: “Through the window I see the Earth The ground is clearly discernable I see rivers and folds in the terrain […]

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Stunning Saturn movie

  Credits: Compositing and animation: Stephen Van Vuuren Images: NASA/JPL/SSI More info: here

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Earth Hour 2011: Saturday 26 March, 8:30 pm

This Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world, and add more to your Earth Hour. From its inception as a single-city initiative — Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour […]

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Spectacular Hi-Res Full Moon from LRO

Presented above is a mosaic of about 1300 separate images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Wide-Angle Camera, producing a resolution of about 145 meters/pixel. The images were taken over the course of two weeks in December 2010. Useful links: Picture with labels Full res. image 550 MB downloadable image LPOD dedicated to the image Image […]

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Huge solar flare – Alert for possible mid-latitude auroras in the next days

On 15 Feb 2011, active region 1158 let loose the largest flare since Dec. 2006 and the biggest flare so far in Solar Cycle 24.  Since the active region was facing Earth, there is a good chance that Earth will receive some effects from these events, with some possibility of mid-latitude aurora Feb. 16 – 18. […]

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February 2011 night sky highlights

Credits: JPL news (NASA) Don’t miss: Crescent Moon and Mercury before dawn (1st February) Young crescent Moon reapparence after its New phase (3rd February) Moon and Jupiter (6th February) The Moon is just southwest of the Pleiades (11 February) Full “Snow Moon” (18 February) Moon and Venus in the predawn sky (28 February) Observing/photo op – Solar […]

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Kepler discovers its first rocky planet

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-10b, its first confirmed rocky planet and the smallest transiting exoplanet discovered to date. Kepler-10b is only 1.4 times the size of Earth and has an average density of 8.8 grams per cubic centimeter, similar to that of an iron dumbbell. The planet orbits its star in only 0.84 days […]

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Solar and Lunar eclispes of the decade

–Video: the Solar Physics Satellite “HINODE”, which flies at an altitude of 680 km above the Earth, observed an annular solar eclipse on January 4, 2011. Credits: NAOJ/JAXA– With still in the eyes the incredible show put on by the Sun and the Moon during the 4 Jan partial eclipse, I wanted to summarise (in chronological order) […]

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Partial solar eclipse – the “Crescent Sun”!

This morning Marco and I moved to a site close to Turin where the meteo forecast were not so bad (as in our city) to try to observe and photograph the partial solar eclipse. Unfortunately, when we arrived it was cloudy and foggy and so decided to go back home. Suddenly, as I was sadly driving on […]

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