Friday, July 31, 2015

Lunar Flyby

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day has the International Space Station seemingly flying by the Moon. Do a search for "MoonLab" (or variants thereof) for a bit of space-that-never-was (alas).

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Southern Panorama

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the southern hemisphere Milky Way rising over Uluru (Ayers Rock). What a view!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Deep Messier

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day allows us to swim deep into Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. The wonders towards the galactic center!

European Vacation

Supposedly if you're not in the United States of America and you're visiting this blog, you are supposed to see a notice. Can somebody confirm such notice?

My feelings about this?

Nie moje małpy, nie mój cyrk.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Geometry

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows an end-to-end rainbow and anticrespuscular rays over Bryce Canyon in Utah (United States of America).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sidewise Hat

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image of Messier 104, The Sombrero Galaxy in the region of the constellation Virgo.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hidden Gems

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows what we can see with the "naked eye" plus what can be seen in the ultraviolet range (stacked) when we view Messier 31, the beautiful spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda.

No strain to see why this Andromeda sight is a classic!

Building the Blade

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the building of the models used in the movie Blade Runner.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Skies of New Zealand

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows some celestial and botanical wonders in New Zealand: a few planets, the Moon and a comet! "Mouseover" the image for a guide.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Hard Rain Falls

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short video showing gamma-ray "rain" falling as a result of an outburst from active galaxy 3C 279.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

T&T

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the multiple tails of Comet C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS) and the trails of the stars moving as the subtle detail of the comet was captured during a time exposure.

Oh, you thought I was talking about the other T&T! Sorry!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Three-Tailed Fox

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Comet C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS), currently wowing observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

First Steps

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the first launch of a rocket from Cape Canaveral, a modified "step" version of the German V-2 carrying the WAC Corporal as a second-stage vehicle.

We've come a ways since then.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Flyover Sequence

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short video showing two of the regions imaged by the New Horizons vehicle. Pluto flyover!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Rose of Charon

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day turns to the other major target in New Horizons dance with Pluto: Charon, Pluto's primary satellite.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Family Portrait

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Pluto and Charon as imaged by the New Horizons probe on its closest approach to the system.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Charon Face

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the "Charon face" of Pluto as the New Horizons craft makes final approach to Pluto. As of this writing, it is well less than 1 million miles away and will reach point of closest approach in under 24 hours.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Start of the Journey

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the start of the long road from Earth to Pluto. In 2006, New Horizons was launched, leaping from the Earth to the distance of the Moon in about nine hours. It then "only" took 2006 to 2015 to cross the remaining distance to Pluto.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Geology

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows some of the features discovered by the New Horizons vehicle as it begins its flyby past Pluto. Unfortunately due to that pesky orbital mechanics, we won't be seeing this face again (but what wonders will be found on the face presenting itself to New Horizons on closest approach?).

"Mouseover" the image to have some explanatory text appear.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Whale and the Heart

We're close enough to Pluto that we're going to see increasingly "sharp" detail on the surface as New Horizons does its 2015 flyby of the "dwarf" planet. Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us one of the latest views, including the so-called "Heart" and "Whale".