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For all those out there interested in, or learning about, astronomy and the sky above our heads.

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Everyone feel free to leave hints, tips and your latest discoveries for everyone to read about. Or anyone with any questions leave them and hopefully they can be answered here. If you have any interesting pictures of the sky or the stars then feel free to upload them for all to see.

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Need a pair of binoculars

Started by Beowulf87. Last reply by Beowulf87 Jul 8, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm looking for them specifically for stargazing.  I'm attempting to break into the hobby.  So, not too much more than $100 for a pair if at all possible, and preferably 7x50s.Any advice on a…Continue

The asymmetrical Moon

Started by Iosephus Lvcs Gonzalez. Last reply by Pariah du jour Sep 15, 2011. 4 Replies

Have you guys heard of the theory of the colliding moons? I'ts supposed to account for the asymmetry in the moon: the rough far side vs. the smoother near side. NASA is launching a twin spacecraft to…Continue

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Suggested telescope?

Started by NYGayBear. Last reply by NYGayBear Jun 6, 2011. 4 Replies

Astronomers,admittedly, I am an amateur star gazer.  With out the aid of my smart phone application, I am only able to identify the "top 10" planets and constellations.  However, I come from a star…Continue

Pictures, Videos and Sounds From Space

Started by James Anderson. Last reply by James Anderson Oct 1, 2010. 19 Replies

Well actually there is no sound in space, you can thank the vacuum of space for that, but the cassini satellite was positioned in Jupiter's orbit and it recorded a whack of radio waves coming from…Continue

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Comment by Iosephus Lvcs Gonzalez on April 19, 2012 at 2:09am

Dallas, as a non USAmerican, I don't have an opinion about the States not sending people into space. But I can give two quick facts about that matter:

1) Insiders are well aware that there are more players in their game now http://knovelblogs.com/2010/04/08/craig-the-rocket-scientist-and-th...

2) I looks like NASA it outsourcing manufacture to private companies. SpaceX is undertaking a thriving project to build spacecrafts that will send NASA astronauts to the international space station http://www.spacex.com/updates.php

Comment by Iosephus Lvcs Gonzalez on September 15, 2011 at 3:09am
Have you guys heard of the theory of the colliding moons? I'ts supposed to account for the asymmetry in the moon: the rough far side vs. the smoother near side. NASA is launching a twin spacecraft to assess the difference in the gavitational field between the two sides, in order to estimte the difference in the density of the rocks. The difference in density will support the theory of two primeval moons, one smaller than the other, colliding into one anoter.
Comment by Liam Strain on September 12, 2011 at 10:40am
I saw that! I love that you can see earth in the upper left quadrant (about 10 o-clock) just outside the brightest rings.
Comment by Ray Crego on June 6, 2011 at 3:54pm

http://www.khanacademy.org/#cosmology-and-astronomy

 

Khan Academy has a ton of free lessons in a bunch of subjects. I've been watching the Cosmology and Astronomy ones.

Comment by Liam Strain on April 29, 2011 at 12:16pm

Dark matter

 

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/22956103">Dark Matters</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4844939">PHD Comics</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Comment by Liam Strain on November 30, 2010 at 5:22pm
Luke - a bit late to answer your question, but no - it's not difficult. Or at least not any more so than the planets. Sometimes easier, if it is close and bright, because you're using a wider view (wide field eyepiece), so you don't have to adjust as often.

Binoculars work well for big comets too.
Comment by James Anderson on October 1, 2010 at 2:09am
September 30, 2010
A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with 3 times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone."

This discovery was the result of more than a decade of observations using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, one of the world's largest optical telescopes. The research, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, placed the planet in an area where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. If confirmed, this would be the most earthlike exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one.
Comment by Mark on August 16, 2010 at 9:12pm
Hey everyone! Please consider joining my new group, Spaceflight Fanatics! We will discuss all things spaceflight, manned and unmanned, past, present, and future, NASA, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, CNSA, military spaceflight, commercial and private spaceflight, and anything else spaceflight!

Here is a link:
http://community.artofmanliness.com/group/spaceflightfanatics
Comment by Liam Strain on July 20, 2010 at 1:13pm
Cloudy, and too much city-shine for much going on recently. I really need to find a good dark sky country spot to visit.
Comment by Russel G. on April 20, 2010 at 4:28pm
I subscribed to "Night Sky," a sister publication started a few years ago by "Sky & Telescope" geared more toward the beginners and casual backyard astronomers. It's no longer in publication, but I enjoyed it. If S&T is similar in content, It would be a good read.
 

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