Tag: astronomy

50 years of space exploration

Following the successful test flight of NASA’s Ares I-X rocket on 28th October, it’s interesting to see this diagram that depicts the nearly 200 lunar, solar and interplanetary space missions that have been undertaken in the last 50 years. http://books.nationalgeographic.com/map/map-day/ There’s a

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Sixty Symbols

This collection of sixty videos from the University of Nottingham hopes to unravel some of the mysteries behind all those funny letters and squiggles used by scientists. Some of the symbols have been made up, but they link to  interesting

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Walking on the Moon

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to step onto the lunar surface. Here’s a collection of video clips, pictures and articles from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2009/moon_landing/default.stm The University of Portsmouth Library also has a display

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Galaxy Zoo & Douglas Adams

We’ve talked about Galaxy Zoo here before and Douglas Adams has had a look in as well.  But it’s not often we get to mention both in the same breath. However, the latter has been cited in a paper by the former

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First Spacewalk

On this day in 1965 Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, performed the first extra-vehicular activity (EVA). This is more commonly known as a spacewalk or moonwalk. Here is a video of the walk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xjaYSLWYOc And here is a more recent one:

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The Royal Observatory has launched the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2009  competition– a brand new, free competition and exhibition for everyone who loves the night sky. You don’t even need to have a telescope as one of the catergories

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International Year of Astronomy

For those who missed the launch in Paris last Thursday, this year is the International Year of Astronomy celebrating 400 years since Thomas Harriot beat Galileo to view the moon through a telescope. http://www.astronomy2009.co.uk/index.php/home-mainmenu-1 And details of the IYA event

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Urban light pollution

Yesterday’s post brought back a memory of the senior member of staff showing us this kind of image: http://www.savethenight.eu/Light%20Pollution%20in%20Europe.html and reflecting that his retirement plans meant moving from one of the brightest parts of the map, to one of the

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Meteor

TOTD doesn’t inhabit a part of the world where meteors are easy to spot (thank you urban light pollution), but here’s a short clip of one in Canada which the police caught on film: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=e_2aX-784sw

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Planets

For budding world builders out there, some examples of what-might-have-been, what-could-yet-be or what-may-never be: http://www.worlddreambank.org/P/PLANETS.HTM

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