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More iPad astro apps

Yesterday I posted a short review of the Redshift App. Of course there’s more to get. On my iPad I have the following astronomy related apps: Planetarium apps: Redshift, Sky Safari, Star Walk,Solar Walk; Atlas…


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Wrong, wrong!

This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible.  Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact. “It’s absolutely astounding,” says Karl Battams of the Naval…


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A fast spinner

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has picked up the fastest rotating star found so far. This massive bright young star lies in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160,000 light-years from…


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A bit smaller bummer?

On Tuesday, 22 November at 20:25 GMT, ESA’s tracking station at Perth, Australia, established contact with Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft. Contact with the Mars mission was lost shortly after separation from the launch vehicle was confirmed…


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Aurora Beautifulis

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo. Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28…


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Warm at heart

On July 10, 2010, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe flew by the asteroid 21 Lutetia, which at the time was the largest asteroid ever to have been visited by a spacecraft. The fly-by occurred…


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An explosion I like

This video catches the moment when a Draconid meteor exploded in Earth’s atmosphere earlier this month. The dramatic footage comes from a campaign to observe this important meteor shower using aircraft to beat the clouds….