Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Swanscape

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings a deep look in the star fields and star-forming regions of Cygnus the Swan.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Potential Sky Show

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day introduces us to Comet C/2013 (Catalina). Will this become our next great naked-eye comet? Stay tuned!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Faint Fuzzy

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Messier 31, The Great Galaxy of Andromeda, rising over the Alps. Once upon a time I could easily detect M31 from my backyard. Thanks to encroaching light domes from New Brunswick and Princeton, as well as out of control lighting in parking lots and streets, I'm lucky if I see the stars these days.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Crab Canon

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings Messier 1, the Crab Nebula, into full glory courtesy of this Hubble Space Telescope image.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunward

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us a view from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the ESA's Rosetta probe. The comet is at it's closest approach to the sun (perihelion) and activity is picking up. What of Philae?

Friday, August 14, 2015

They All Fall Down

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas (shame about those city-generated light domes!) with a sprinkling of comet debris.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Flash

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short sequence that caught an unexpected event: while imaging the Milky Way, an amateur astronomer luckily caught an falling meteor which disintegrated in his field of view.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Saggittarius Core View

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Messier 8, Messier 20 and NGC 6559 in the constellation of Sagittarius. The wonders of the summer night!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Clusters

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a "compact" (think of how much space is depicted here!) group of galaxies, HGC 87.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Double Double

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is of a pair of Plutonian images, slightly shifted. Combined (crossing your eyes, perhaps) you can see a stereo view of Pluto.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Place of Good Fishing

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Virgo (super!) Cluster of Galaxies. This is a excellent place to observe for amateurs using almost any decent telescope. "Mouseover" the image for a guide.

Monday, August 3, 2015

ARC Strike!

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a rare proton arc over Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan (my first view of an aurora was in the Upper Peninsula region, but I never have seen anything like this!).

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stopover at Shorty

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Lunar Roving Vehicle carried on Apollo 17 parked at Shorty Crater in the Taurus-Littrow valley of our Moon. This week we're celebrating the anniversary of the first mission to carry the LRV, Apollo 15, which landed in a similarly striking region of the Moon.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stacked and Stripped

By stacking multiple images (in multiple wavelengths of light) in today's Astronomy Picture of the Day, ESO 137-001 (near the constellation of Triangulum Australe) reveals that it is being stripped of gas and dust as it speeds on its way.

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).