24 December 2009, jd2020 @ 10:57 pm

This video, created for the new Rubin Art Museum exhibit Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, uses over a decade of data collected by researchers at the planetarium. Called the Digital Universe Atlas, the data encompasses the precise location of every object ever observed in the sky. Quasars to pulsars to black holes to nebulas, it’s all there and it’s a must watch!

5 October 2009, jd2020 @ 11:47 pm

These photos were taken October 4, 2009 by Anthony Ayiomamitis as the sun set over a church in Oropos, Greece. The same evening would be the Harvest Moon from the opposite direction.

Church of Agios Sotirios - Oropos, Greece

Church of Agios Sotirios - Oropos, Greece

Much more detailed layout of Anthony Ayiomamitis’ work @ perseus.gr

11 August 2009, jd2020 @ 1:39 pm

The Perseid meteors are bits of 2,000-year-old debris left behind by the periodic comet Swift-Tuttle. Earth’s atmosphere collides with the debris at more than 38 kilometers (23 miles) a second. Meteors generally get incinerated before they can strike the ground, creating the streaks of superheated, glowing air we call shooting stars. Perseid Meteor Shower - August 12, 2008 A “shooting star” streaks over Canada’s Quebec Province during the Perseid meteor shower on August 12, 2008. Photograph by Michael Tournay, My Shot

Tonight (Tuesday 8/11/2009), from any vantage point in the world, you might see more than 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky during the best viewing time, when the moon’s glare will be weakest—late night and into the wee hours of Wednesday, local cloud and lighting conditions permitting.

30 July 2009, jd2020 @ 11:08 am

Eerie daytime shot of the effect of a full solar eclipse, July 22, 2009.Full Solar Eclipse July 22, 2009Enlarge Image

22 July 2009, jd2020 @ 12:56 am

Very cool interactive panorama of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Moonwalk
NASA interactive panorama map of Apollo 11
NASA also put together this awesome audio experience of the entire Apollo 11 mission… in observance of the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, audio from the entire Apollo 11 mission will be replayed and streamed on the Internet at exactly the same time and date it was broadcast in 1969. The audio retrospective will begin at launch minus two hours, 7:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 2009 and continue through splashdown of the mission at 12:51 p.m. July 24, 2009 and the recovery of the crew shortly afterward.

NASA compiled a set of audio highlights of the Apollo 11 mission here.

There is also an audio database of the mission in MP3 format here.

Check out Google Moon – a Lunar walk through using clickable charts and maps of the different Apollo voyages. Way to go Google!

10 July 2009, jd2020 @ 12:40 am

Ever been confused by all the letters and squiggles used by scientists?

Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham. Choose a symbol and see a video about it.

24 April 2009, jd2020 @ 11:36 pm

Test of Space and Science
Take this test. Its a cool test of your general knowledge of Space and Science. It can’t hurt to learn more about the universe, the planets, energy, matter and similar fun stuff.

The NerdTests' Space Quiz says I'm an Uber Space Nerd's Mentor. What kind of space geek are you?  Click here!

21 April 2009, jd2020 @ 2:58 am

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI and Kristal Armendariz, Photographer

The Very Large Array consists of 27 radio antennas, each weighing 230 tons and reaching 82 feet in diameter. The array, in the desert south of Socorro, New Mexico, combines to give the resolution of a 22-mile-wide antenna to aid scientists in the search for frequencies of molecules in interstellar space. Scenes from the movie Contact were shot at the VLA site.

I thought Contact (written by Carl Sagan) was a cool movie, but nothing compared to the PBS series “Cosmos” that Carl Sagan put together to vividly explain the universe and all of its wonder.

Thought this was cool too: The melodic use of the notes C#, D#, E, are recurring audio punctuations in Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’, and also are used in key scenes of ‘Contact’. Notably when Dr. Arroway touches the then invisible interior of the space pod.

top 10 observatories

Check out this animation of the planned construction of the next generation centimeter-wavelength radio telescope that is expected to be built by 2020.

7 April 2009, jd2020 @ 11:35 pm

Check out the changes in the International Space Station over the last seven years. Its become quite a space junk target.

Below, I had to throw in the cool picture of Stephen Hawking giving a lecture.

ISS 12/2001

ISS 12/2001

Stephen Hawkings
Dr. Stephen Hawking, a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, delivers a speech entitled “Why we should go into space” during a lecture that is part of a series honoring NASA’s 50th Anniversary, Monday, April 21, 2008, at George Washington University’s Morton Auditorium in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul. E. Alers)

13 March 2009, jd2020 @ 5:34 pm

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Earth, here is a good reason to download and get into it. Not only can you take virtual 3D trips around planet Earth, but you can also tour Mars in the new 5.0 version of Google Earth. Check out this video!

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