Go back, young and old man and woman

Gene Cernan (1934-2017) on the Moon, December 11, 1972. The Earth is seen above. It’s time we go back; together preferably.   (Would make a nice birthday present for my 56th birthday, today. Yes, birthday…

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Pluto charted

This new, detailed global mosaic colour map of Pluto is based on a series of three colour filter images obtained by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera aboard New Horizons during the NASA spacecraft’s close flyby…


A year of Sun

This montage of 366 images shows our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite, as seen each day in 2016. The satellite’s SWAP camera works at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to capture the hot turbulent…


Better (solar) weather predictions

Excitement is building over European plans to launch a new space-weather satellite that would drastically improve forecasts of how solar storms will affect Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to send the probe to…


Daphnis makes an impression

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest…


A solar tower telescope in the forest of Japan

In 1930, the Solar Tower Telescope was built in NAOJ Mitaka Campus. It was built to confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. It is a unique building whose entire structure is a huge telescope….