Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Energetic Core

What's going on in the center of spiral galaxy Messier 94? Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day hazards a few theories.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Arms of the Galaxy

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Milky Way supported by the arms of a earthbound tree. "Mouseover" the image for a constellation guide.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lungfish

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Space Shuttle Endeavour breaking through a cloud bank on it's final flight in 2011.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Slow Mix

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the merger between two galaxies, a process only slightly slower than the union between two tortoises.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bring Him Back!

Quite possibly the one comic artist that I have appreciated the longest is Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius. I first encountered his work in the pages of Heavy Metal (the Americanized version of the French Metal Hurlant). He worked on Alien and other films such as The Fifth Element. Occasionally you could find a collection of his, but vast amounts of work (Lieutenant Blueberry) remained impossible to find (or could only be had at "collectible" prices). Since his death, it appears that other than some digital collections, he's "faded" from the scene.


Let's correct this, please?

Meat in a Tube

Possibly the most important chart you'll ever find on the internet.

Tortured Terrain

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a view from the ESA's Rosetta orbiter, busily exploring Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Is that a cliff looming in the distance? Where is the sleeping lander Philae?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a detailed look into the globular cluster 47 Tuc (NGC 104) in the constellation of the Toucan (yes, the Toucan). Richard Feynman once said of globular clusters:



"He who cannot see gravity at work here has no soul."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jupiter Space

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a wonderful shot (courtesy of the hard-working Damien Peach) of Jupiter, Ganeymede and the Great Red Spot.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flashes

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the mysterious bright spots on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. Views from the Dawn vehicle will only get better and better. What is causing the reflection?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No Easy Target

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Barnard 33, better known as The Horsehead Nebula (think a chess piece it that helps) in the constellation of Orion. Not an easy target under my increasingly poor suburban skies; I've only spotted it a few times, even with various filters.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Night Skies of the Sacred Peak

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the night skies (and creeping city skyglow) from Mauna Kea. "Mouseover" the image to help identify some of the constellations and several planets.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Celestial Sauron

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a Hubble Space Telescope image of MyCn18 (how's that for a designation?). An hourglass-shaped planetary nebula in the constellation of Musca (one of the many somewhat obscure constellations of the southern hemisphere), it is sometimes better named as the Engraved Hourglass Nebula. I think it has a somewhat piratical or sorcerous look. The other eye of Sauron?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Triple Lion

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Leo Triplet: NGC 3628, Messier 66 and Messier 65. It's always been a mystery to me why Charles Messier catalogued two but not the third.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Wheel of Stars

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day flips the sky around and puts Vega in the northern polar climes. Will we be around to see it? Or that castle?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Triangle

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Summer Triangle framed behind a blossoming cherry tree in Gunma, Japan. "Mouseover" the image to get a constellation guide.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lumpy

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows gravitational anomalies (do we still use the term "MASCONS"?) discovered on Mercury.