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Paul Cox (Coxy) has been shared in 7 public circles

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Katherine Vucicevic6,871Astro-Photography your thing?Then this is the circle for you.If you're notified, you're in.If you want inAdd this circleplus this postshare this postleave a comment you want to be addedEasy :0For more circles from me, click the hashtag #katherinevucicevicsharedcircle #astrophotography #photography #sharedcircles  2013-06-26 12:33:32119207CC G+
Brunner Nathan1,114This is a circle of active GPlusser. Hope you will enjoy !!!#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle2013-01-01 18:08:56280111CC G+
Robert Craven3,058A circle of influence from +Nils Tschampel  to share with you all2012-12-09 23:00:21279222CC G+
Fraser Cain522,669Here's my Astrophotography CircleLove pictures of the night sky? Here's a circle that contains people who regularly take pictures of space. Some use telescopes, and others take wide angle views of the Milky Way. There are planetary astronomers, solar astronomers, and deep sky astronomers; and lots of timelapse videos. You'll see examples of beautiful astrophotography, and tips and tricks from the masters to help you improve your own abilities.Are you an astrophotographer? Do you regularly post pictures of space to your stream? I'd love to add you to this circle and introduce you to my 500,000 friends.2012-11-22 16:31:4582161129CC G+
Fraser Cain277,067Astrophotography CircleLove photos of space? Here are 66 people who regularly post beautiful astrophotos. Some use telescopes, and these do long exposure views of the night sky.Are you an astrophotographer? Let me know and I'll add you to the circle.2012-09-24 23:50:4266371147CC G+
Michael Snyder0My astronomy circle contains both people and pages that post regularly and primarily about astronomy. Sometimes there is a little physics. I tried desperately to keep it below 50 but I just couldn't. (Too many great astronomer types on Google+.)The great thing about these folks is you don't have to be an astronomer to understand their posts. If you have any interest at all in the night sky and the sun, if you often find yourself staring at the moon, this circle is for you. #sharedcircles #astronomy  2012-07-19 23:07:5557000CC G+
Fraser Cain121,559Sharing my Space CircleI'm best known for my Super Science Circle, but I also maintain a circle of people somehow related to space exploration. This consists of scientists, journalists, space agencies, missions, telescopes, amateur astronomers, astrophotographers, and general space fans. I don't require these people to be active posters, so some have never posted on G+, but I'm still including them.If I've left anyone out, please let me know.2012-06-21 02:07:17277771238CC G+


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2014-03-20 04:57:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Asteroid Erigone Occultation of Regulus
Although the actual occultation isn't visible from +Slooh's Canary Islands observatory, we've been tracking the asteroid (163) Erigone as it approaches the bright star Regulus in the constellation of Leo all night.

This time-lapse shows Erigone over a 5-hour period.  If the clouds cooperate, we'll be broadcasting a live video stream of the occultation in just over an hour's time.

#astronomy   #occultation   #asteroid   #regulus   #erigone   #timelapse   #astrophotography  +SPACE.com +Fraser Cain 

2014-01-06 01:58:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

We're just over halfway through our all night live coverage of Jupiter's Opposition!

We've already seen the Great Red Spot transit across the face of the planet, and the moon Io occulted by the planet.  The GRS and Io will reappear later on the left hand side of the planet.

And when Jupiter gets too low to image in another 4.5hours, we'll be watching the other gas giant *Saturn" as it rises just before dawn - it's looking awesome because its ring system is tilted well towards Earth.

And then, at the very end of the night (the observatory is in the Canary Islands about 4-7hrs ahead of the USA), we'll see live images of Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) which is looking terrific at present.

#jupiter   #opposition   #astronomy   #astronomyimages   #planet   #space  +Science on Google+ +ScienceSunday 

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2014-01-03 15:46:30 (42 comments, 48 reshares, 398 +1s)

Five Planets, One Night:

I was reading one of the astronomy magazines I subscribe to last night, and was looking at the graphic they publish each month showing the apparent size of the planets.

I thought it would be fun to recreate the graphic but with real images of the planets.  And this is the result.  Five planets showing their current apparent sizes: one rocky planet (Venus), two gas giants (Jupiter and Saturn), and two Ice Giants (Uranus and Neptune).

Venus - this was one of our last images as the planet is already disappearing into the dusk sky.

Jupiter reaches opposition (closest to Earth) on Sunday night.  I'll be part of +Slooh's night-long broadcast on Sunday when we'll be streaming live images of Jupiter from dusk until dawn (when a planet it at opposition it is visible all night).  The broadcast to free toever... more »

2013-11-21 18:02:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Added photos to Countdown to Comet ISON.

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2013-11-18 14:25:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

No Internet, No TV, good books, peace and quiet for 6-days......Heaven!

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2013-10-10 07:38:36 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I created a video showing two time-lapse movies of the spacecraft Juno as it made its fly-by of Earth in a "gravity assist" manoeuvre tonight.  I controlled a robotic telescope based in the Canary Islands from the comfort of my home in Somerset to capture over 100 images of the speeding spacecraft.

There are two versions:
Juno Spacecraft Earth Fly-By Video (WMV 1920x1080 39MB): http://tinyurl.com/l2y55h5

YT HD (MP4 1280x720 12MB):  http://tinyurl.com/moa7vsu

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2013-09-12 06:39:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Slooh Telescope Images:

For the first time in weeks, the observatory was closed due to poor weather for our Comet ISON Conspiracy live show tonight - but it still went ahead.  The recorded version is here: http://youtu.be/OQs9p4YwOPA?t=50s

So we thought we'd make up for the lack of our normal live images with a set of Comet ISON images taken by Slooh Members recently.

Slooh Members are tracking and imaging not only Comet ISON every night, but also a bundle of other fascinating comets.  They're also imaging the newly discovered Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy).

And back to the conspiracy theories we talked about in tonight's show, if you're still skeptical or believe there's something fishy about Comet ISON, why not use the Slooh telescopes to take your own real-time unedited images ofi... more »

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2013-09-11 20:14:20 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Live Show Tonight

I'll be broadcasting a show tonight with live images of Comet ISON from Slooh's Canary Islands Observatory.  If you too late for you, the show will be archived to YouTube.  This is part of our regular Comet ISON updates that we'll be broadcasting all year.

We'll have three telescopes tracking ISON including the Half Metre telescope.  The Slooh Research Group are monitoring ISON and other comets and NEA every night.

The G+ event details are here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108176209664415419112/posts/YmyhA4Yq862

We'll also look at the images from the HST that have been grossly misinterpreted - and help explain the "object" that they show.

2013-09-11 19:49:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Comet ISON Conspiracy - LIVE

Wed Sept 11th: 10:30PM PDT ¦ 01:30AM EDT (12th) ¦ 05:30UTC (12th)
International times here: http://tinyurl.com/pm6nle9

Join Slooh's Paul Cox to get the truth about the recent conspiracy theories surrounding some NASA images of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). We'll have live images of Comet ISON direct from the Slooh telescopes in the Canary Islands throughout the show.

The Internet is being flooded with theories and images that appear to show that the "comet" is actually made up of three separate objects.  We will examine the original data to establish the truth, and we'll also look at recent images of Comet ISON taken by Slooh Members as they image this and other comets every night.

Shows are free on the Slooh.com homepage - viewers can watch live on their PC or by downloading the freeSl... more »

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2013-09-09 08:02:23 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

Mars Enters the Beehive

If you watched the second live show we broadcast tonight, you'll have seen the images of Mars entering the Beehive Cluster.

This two-frame animation shows how fast Mars moves against the backdrop of the star cluster in only 10-minutes: http://tinyurl.com/osrv7le

If you missed the show, the recorded version is here: http://youtu.be/f1vWFvBMLwE

We've got a special show on Wednesday night (10:30PM PDT ¦ 1:30AM EDT ¦ 05:30UTC); we'll be streaming images of* Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)* direct from the observatory in the Canary Islands. We'll be discussing the great "Comet ISON Conspiracy" surrounding the "objects" visible in some Hubble Space Telescope images of the "comet" - as some of the theories go!

The show will be on the Slooh.com homepage where viewers cans... more »

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2013-09-09 02:39:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Thank you for joining us on our show on Comets and Asteroids. Please stay close by and join Paul Cox and the Slooh team for another amazing show in just a few hours!

Mars Enters the Beehive

Sunday, September 8th

Starts 10:30 PM PDT / 1:30 AM EDT (9/9) / 5:30 UTC (9/9) 

Join Slooh's Paul Cox to watch real-time images of the Red Planet Mars as it enters the Beehive Star Cluster.  This beautiful visual spectacle is an optical illusion as the Beehive Cluster is actually 577 light years away.

#Mars #galaxy #Beehive

Free on Slooh.com homepage - viewers can watch live on their PC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store.

Download the iPad App
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slooh/id563694022?mt=8

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2013-09-09 00:38:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Comets and Asteroids LIVE Show in 20-minutes time!

I'll be starting a new series of live online shows tonight - starting in 20-minutes on the slooh.com homepage.

Tonight's show is the first about Comets and Asteroids.  We'll watch real-time images of these intriguing and potentially deadly objects direct from the +Slooh Space Camera Canary Islands observatory.  Including Comet Lemmon which is still showing a terrific tail.

And then later (4.5hrs later), another live show with images direct from the observatory showing the red planet Mars entering the Beehive Cluster!

#hangoutsonair   #astronomy   #comet   #asteroid  +ScienceSunday 

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2013-09-03 00:44:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Comet ISON - See it without staying up late or getting up early!

If you're dying to see Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), but don't want to stay up late to see it, or you don't own a telescope, then I have an option for you!

I'll be broadcasting a live online show on Wednesday night for the +Slooh Space Camera - and we'll have real-time images of Comet ISON direct from the Slooh observatory in the Canary Islands.

Because of the observatory's location, viewers in the USA won't have to stay up TOO late to watch the live show - it will start at: 10:30PM EDT ¦ 01:30AM EDT ¦ 05:30UTC (International times here: http://goo.gl/Gg8Z52).

We'll be using three of Slooh's online robotic telescopes, including the Half Metre telescope. Slooh Members have been imaging Comet ISON every morning since the 15th August - and it'sgetti... more »

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2013-08-09 23:56:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Three Near-Earth Asteroids in 1-week!

We broadcast a quick 10-minute show tonight about the three Near-Earth Asteroids that have made their closest approaches to Earth this week - one expected since 2005, but more worryingly, the other two were only discovered 12-48hrs before they made their close approaches.  So our little corner of the solar system has felt a but like a shooting gallery this week!

Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 PS13 was only 127,000 miles away from Earth as it whizzed by Earth last night - that's a stone's throw in astronomical terms.  To put it in perspective, that's half the distance between the Earth and the Moon!

I'll be broadcasting a series of bite-sized shows about Near-Earth Objects (asteroids and comets) at the +Slooh Space Camera over the next couple of weeks: the search for them; the politics about them; the sciencebehi... more »

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2013-07-01 23:54:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

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2013-06-24 03:46:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

"Super Moon" Rising:

This was taken earlier tonight from the island of Tenerife.  The so-called "Super Moon" appeared to rise out of the caldera of the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria.  As it rose, it took on shades of fiery red and orange, until it brightened and virtually snuffed out all the stars.  The sea took on a glorious rich golden colour.

As this largest Full Moon of the year rose in the East, the stunningly bright planet Venus was setting behind Mt. Teide - one of the highest volcanoes on the Earth.

It was a truly astronomical sight.

A few hours later we broadcast a live show with real-time images from the +Slooh Space Camera telescopes here at the Observatorio del Teide.

#supermoon   #astronomy  +ScienceSunday +SPACE.com  #moon  

2013-06-23 23:52:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Live Feed of the Full Perigee “Supermoon” in HD

THE SKY WILL KICK OFF SUMMER WITH 2013's BIGGEST FULL MOON. On the morning of June 23rd, 2013, in North America, the full Moon will be at its closest point to Earth of the entire year, known to astronomers as a perigee-syzygy Moon, and will appear about 12% larger in diameter than when it’s at the other side of its orbit, as it was on June 9th.  Slooh Space Camera will cover the supermoon phenomenon on Sunday, June 23rd,  live on Slooh.com, free to the public,  starting at 6 PM PDT / 9 PM PM EDT / 01 UTC (6/24) - International times here: http://goo.gl/DXoo7 - viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC/Mobile device or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.

Download the iPad app
www.appstore.com/slooh

#supermoon #slooh #lunar#moon #p... more »

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2013-05-31 02:11:47 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

Asteroid "1998 QE2" Time-Lapse Video:

This time-lapse  video shows the huge Potentially Hazardous Asteroid "285263 1998 QE2" hurtling towards its close approach to Earth.  I captured the hundreds of images making up the time-lapse during some routine maintenance of the Slooh.com online telescopes.

The asteroid was 4,006,395 miles from Earth and travelling with a relative velocity of nearly 23,000mph at the time, and was a mere 69 hours away from its closest approach to Earth on Friday!

I'll be hosting a public online broadcast of closest approach for the Slooh Space Camera.  The live coverage of closest approach will include real-time images of "1998 QE2", in a free online broadcast on Friday May 31st at 1:30PM PDT ¦ 4:30PM EDT ¦ 20:30UTC (International times here: http://goo.gl/aEWFG).

News broke tonight that asmal... more »

2013-05-30 19:20:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Added photos to Slooh Space Camera to Track Enormous Asteroid 1998 QE2.

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2013-05-29 18:10:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

T-Minus 69-hours to Closest Approach:

This image from last night shows the huge Potentially Hazardous Asteroid "285263 1998 QE2" hurtling towards its close approach to Earth.  Captured by the Slooh.com online telescopes a mere 69 hours before its closest approach to Earth on Friday, the Near-Earth Asteroid was 4,006,395 miles from Earth and travelling with a relative velocity of nearly 23,000mph! 

The background stars appear as streaks as the telescope tracks the fast-moving lump of space rock some 1.4 miles in diameter.

The +Slooh Space Camera will provide live coverage of the closest approach, including real-time images of "1998 QE2", in a free online broadcast on Friday May 31st at 1:30PM PDT (4:30PM EDT ¦ 20:30UTC ¦ 9:30PM BST ¦ International times here: http://goo.gl/aEWFG).

#asteroid   #1998QE2   #astronomy +SPACE... more »

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2013-05-29 18:06:23 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)

T-Minus 69-hours to Closest Approach:

This image from last night shows the huge Potentially Hazardous Asteroid "285263 1998 QE2" hurtling towards its close approach to Earth.  Captured by the Slooh.com online telescopes a mere 69 hours before its closest approach to Earth on Friday, the Near-Earth Asteroid was 4,006,395 miles from Earth and travelling with a relative velocity of nearly 23,000mph! 

The background stars appear as streaks as the telescope tracks the fast-moving lump of space rock some 1.4 miles in diameter.

The +Slooh Space Camera will provide live coverage of the closest approach, including real-time images of "1998 QE2", in a free online broadcast on Friday May 31st at 1:30PM PDT (4:30PM EDT ¦ 20:30UTC ¦ 9:30PM BST ¦ International times here: http://goo.gl/aEWFG).

#asteroid   #1998QE2   #astronomy +SPACE... more »

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2013-05-29 18:00:25 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 13 +1s)

T-Minus 69-hours to Closest Approach:

This image from last night shows the huge Potentially Hazardous Asteroid "285263 1998 QE2" hurtling towards its close approach to Earth.  Captured by the Slooh.com online telescopes a mere 69 hours before its closest approach to Earth on Friday, the Near-Earth Asteroid was 4,006,395 miles from Earth and travelling with a relative velocity of nearly 23,000mph! 

The background stars appear as streaks as the telescope tracks the fast-moving lump of space rock some 1.4 miles in diameter.

The +Slooh Space Camera will provide live coverage of the closest approach, including real-time images of "1998 QE2", in a free online broadcast on Friday May 31st at 1:30PM PDT (4:30PM EDT ¦ 20:30UTC ¦ 9:30PM BST ¦ International times here: http://goo.gl/aEWFG).

#asteroid   #1998QE2   #astronomy +SPACE... more »

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2013-05-27 01:44:30 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)

Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) Rare Anti-Tail

The comet we've been enjoying all year has something new for us - it's displaying what is termed an "Anti-Tail".

This odd and rare cometary phenomena requires the geometry between the Sun-Comet-Earth to be just right to appear.  Unlike comets' Type I (dust) and Type II (ion) tails which point away from the Sun, the anti-tail actually points towards it.  What we're actually seeing is a disk of larger dust particles  left by the comet - but we're seeing it edge-on so it appears as a straight line.  Because the geometry has to be perfect for us to observe this edge-on view, anti-tails aren't visible for long periods.

This is just one of the splendid cometary surprises we've witnessed over the last 9-months - with more to come later this year.  Comet C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) is puttingon a... more »

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2013-05-23 18:23:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Ice and Gas Giants - Neptune and Saturn:

With bright moonlight spoiling many Deep Sky Objects (galaxies and nebulae) images for the next few days, it's a great time to focus on imaging brighter objects that aren't affected by the moonlight.  Saturn, Neptune and Uranus are currently visible - with Saturn's rings looking wonderful as the gas giant is currently tilted towards Earth.

Every night over the last week or so, we've been watching the changing position of Triton, Neptune's largest moon, as it orbits the Ice Giant in the hour before dawn.  Slooh Members will see it live tonight when it will be clearly visible at the 9o'clock position in relation to the planet.  We've also been identifying a few of Uranus' moon in the images of the outer planet in our solar system (apologies to the demoted Pluto!).

Ifyou'... more »

2013-05-22 18:25:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Two months ago, on March 17th, 2013, a small space rock weighing just 88 pounds (40kg), travelling at 56,000 miles per hour, smashed into the lunar surface creating a flash so bright that viewers looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion. 

Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the lunar impact site at Mare Imbrium on Wednesday,  May  22nd starting at 6:00 PM PDT / 9:00 PM EDT / 01:00 UTC (May 23) - additional times here: http://goo.gl/IT5sR -  with observatory feeds from their world class observatory site in Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.

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2013-05-10 05:58:28 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

Annular Solar Eclipse Time-Lapse:

This is a time-lapse I created using the images we streamed live during the eclipse show last night.

It's made up of 28 individual images provided by +Gerard Lazarus.  Gerard stepped in at the last minute to provide a live feed after we lost our original feed partner just two days before the eclipse due to illness.

We also lost our replacement feed that was in the path of annularity, but these images made up for it admirably!

The archived show is here: http://youtu.be/xGj2Z1wfJMA if anyone missed it.

I'll be broadcasting a special Comet ISON show on Sunday - possibly one of the last times we'll see it as it'll be below the horizon at dusk in the next week or so.

#astronomy   #eclipse   #solareclipse   #timelpase   #astrophotography  

2013-05-09 14:45:30 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia

Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.

The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. 

As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast anaddi... more »

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2013-04-26 16:00:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Partial Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse:

This is a time-lapse made up of images we streamed during the live broadcast of the Partial Lunar Eclipse on the 25th April 2013.  The archived show is here: http://youtu.be/s19iqIAlInY

We were all quite surprised at this eclipse: the part of the Moon entering the darker Umbal shadow was tiny - making it more akin to a Penumbral Eclipse than a Partial Eclipse.  These are usually not considered worth the effort to observe because the shadowing on the Moon is normally extremely subtle.  But we were pleasantly surprised at just how good this eclipse looked!

The images making up the first half of the time-lapse were from the Dubai Astronomy Group who kindly generated an image feed from the deserts of the United Arab Emirates; while the second half is made up of images from the Slooh.com T2 WideFi... more »

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2013-04-26 15:40:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

Fancy a trip to the Moon?

After the Lunar Eclipse show last night (archived here: http://youtu.be/s19iqIAlInY), I carried out some testing of a new processing recipe for the Full Moon using the Half Metre telescope at the Canary Islands observatory.

Because the Moon is so bright, I used extremely short exposures (the fastest the shutter can go), filter through an H-Alpha filter, and use the full resolution of the camera (Binning 1x1).

This resulted in this high resolution image (2896x2896) and 9MB in size.  The original uncompressed/converted image is here: www.christen-eagle.com/G+/Full_Moon_2013-04-26T023033UTC.png

Zoom in to the top right edge for some great views of mountain tops and craters catching the Sun on the lunar limb!

#astronomy   #moon   #lunareclipse   #hangoutsonair  

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2013-04-24 22:49:28 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Live Feeds of the Partial Lunar Eclipse

In an effort to share a real-time view of the solar system, +Slooh Space Camera will broadcast live feeds of the partial lunar eclipse on Slooh.com, free to the public, starting Thursday, April 25th at Noon PDT / 3:00 PM EDT / 19:00 UTC (additional times here http://goo.gl/ZPHXW).  Viewers can watch live on their PC/Mac or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcasting icon. Download the free Slooh iPad app: www.appstore.com/slooh

This partial eclipse of the Moon, which is the only one in 2013, will be visible in its entirety from eastern Europe, Africa, central Asia and western Australia. The eclipse will not be visible at all in North America. But fear not North America -- as stargazers all over the world are invited to simultaneously watch thep... more »

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2013-04-12 16:29:19 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

Last Chance to Watch Jupiter and its Moons!
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With the gas giant Jupiter rapidly disappearing into the evening twilight over the next couple of weeks, there's a last chance to watch Jupiter and its retinue of moons put on a terrific show on Saturday evening.

If you've got an iPad, and you'd like an image of the events, you can download the +Slooh Space Camera App (http://goo.gl/Fp331), which allows you to book "Missions" to control their robotic telescopes and image the night sky!  Slooh say that (weather permitting) they'll ensure that anyone booking Jupiter Missions in the App tomorrow will have their Missions scheduled during these Jovian events.  The resulting image that you've scheduled is automatically uploaded into the App's virtual sky shortly after the event!... more »

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2013-04-07 14:57:10 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) Animations:

Here are a couple of four-frame animations of Comet PanSTARRS now that it's rising in the East shortly after dawn.

The original animated GIFs are here:

T2 High Mag Telescope animation: http://tinyurl.com/clmmmh3

T2 Wide Field Telescope animation: http://tinyurl.com/bnymza2

#astronomy   #astronomypictures   #sciencesunday   #comet   #cometpanstarrs   

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2013-04-01 17:53:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Half Metre Telescope FITS Data:

Does anyone fancy playing with some data from a Half Metre telescope at the world-class observatory site at the Observatorio del Teide in the Canary Islands?

The image in this post was processed from this data set in real-time and streamed direct to what Slooh calls its "Mission Interface" where members watch all the imaging sessions live.  The image is a good base to assess your own processing of the raw FITS data.

The system used to acquire the data was the Slooh Half Metre telescope (also known as the "T1HM" system); it comprises a PlaneWave CDK20 running at f/6.8 with a FLI ProLine PL09000 CCD camera (Image Scale: 0.717arcsec/pix @ Binning 1x1).

FITS Data: http://goo.gl/cjmLz (7MB)

Real-time processed image (uncompressed by G+):http:... more »

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2013-04-01 16:01:33 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)

High-Res Waning Gibbous Moon:

This high resolution image of the Waning Gibbous Moon was taken shortly before dawn this morning.  It was taken using the Slooh T2 High Mag Robotic Telescope in the Canary Islands.  It's presented as a video because one frame has the major lunar features labelled.

Because the telescope  system uses a highly sensitive astronomical CCD camera, the image had to be filtered through a Hydrogen Alpha filter to cut down the amount of light reaching the CCD. 

Contrary to popular belief, the best time to observe the Moon isn't when it's full.  A Full Moon is blinding (not literally) through binoculars or telescopes, and because of the even surface illumination, there are no shadows to emphasise the lunar features.  The best time to observe and image the Moon is during its waning and waxing phases - especially along thete... more »

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2013-03-29 19:47:50 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)

Supernova "2013am" Latest Image:

This is an image of the recently discovered supernova witnessed by amateur astronomers.  The image was taken last night using robotic telescopes in the Canary Islands.  It shows the cataclysmic explosion of a massive star in the outer arms of the well known and bright galaxy "M65".

I also put together a short video about it here: http://goo.gl/kFw6C

#astronomy   #astrophotography   #supernovae  +SPACE.com +Discovery Channel 

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2013-03-29 19:31:16 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)

Cataclysmic Cosmic Explosion Witnessed by Amateur Astronomers:

On the 21st March 2013, a massive star in a galaxy not so far away (the bright galaxy M65) ended its life in a cataclysmic explosion - amateur astronomers witnessed a Type II Supernova.

Designated supernova "2013am", it was discovered on the 21st March by Matsuo Sugano (菅野 松男) . This short video includes his original discovery image, together with a blink comparison between two images taken with the Slooh online robotic telescopes:  the first pre-dating the discovery on the 24th February 2013, and the second taken only 11hrs after the discovery on the 22nd March 2013.  Supernovae, asteroid, and comet hunters will often sift through hundreds of images taken each night in search of their quarry - often "blink comparing" them in the same way shown in thevideo.... more »

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2013-03-28 20:54:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

The Gas Giant Jupiter 10-minutes ago:

This is an image of Jupiter taken a mere 10-minutes ago!  The Great Red Spot is just coming in to view on the left.

The image was taken using the T2 High Mag robotic telescope at the Slooh.com observatory in the Canary Islands.

Jupiter is slowly disappearing into the dusk skies over the next few weeks so we need to make the most of it!

#astronomy  

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2013-03-28 20:51:03 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)

The Gas Giant Jupiter 10-minutes ago:

This is an image of Jupiter taken a mere 10-minutes ago!  The Great Red Spot is just coming in to view on the left.

The image was taken using the T2 High Mag telescope at the +Slooh Space Camera observatory in the Canary Islands.

Jupiter is slowly disappearing into the dusk skies over the next few weeks so we need to make the most of it!

#astrophotography   #astronomy   #astronomypictures   #astronomia   #Jupiter   #space   #scienceeveryday  

2013-03-28 20:31:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Soyuz Rocket Launch in 5-minutes!

A three man crew is about to launch on their mission to the International Space Station in a few minutes time: http://t.co/qrm0Dz4jPE

Thanks to +Christina Feliciano for the heads-up!

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2013-03-28 18:53:29 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)

High Resolution Full Moon

But which Moon is it?  See my post here to see:  http://goo.gl/BcMUH

The image was taken using the +Slooh Space Camera *T2 High Mag* online robotic telescope based at their Canary Islands observatory.

The original (un-Google compressed and resized) version is here: http://goo.gl/4mIVw

  #astronomy   #astronomypictures   #astrophotography   #moon  

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2013-03-28 18:22:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Moon Set over the Observatory - but which Moon is it?

Is it a "Full Worm Moon", a "Paschal Moon", a "Full Crow Moon", a "Full Sap Moon", or even a "Full Crust Moon"?  Well......this particular Full Moon, setting behind the domes at the "Observatorio del Teide" in the Canary Islands, is "all of the above"!

So what's a Worm, Paschal, Crow, Crust or Sap Full Moon I hear you cry?....

As we move into Spring, this is the month the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of song birds.  North American tribes knew this as the "Full Crow Moon", when the cawing of crows signalled the end of Winter, or the "Full Crust Moon", because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing atnight... more »

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2013-03-28 00:02:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Passing Through Rich Star Field Time-Lapse

Comet ISON has the potential to put on a terrific show near the end of 2013.  As you'll see from this time-lapse, the comet is already developing  a small tail.  This sungrazing comet will be under astonishing forces as it's catapulted around the Sun in November - it has to survive that passage before it can put on a great show!

The time-lapse is made up of 42 images, each of 120-seconds exposure, taken over a period of 86-minutes.  The images were streamed live during an online public show I hosted for slooh.com (the show is archived here if you missed it: http://youtu.be/Vk14oUVhg8k).

Together with other +Slooh Space Camera members, I'll be tracking Comet ISON every night using the Slooh robotic telescopes.  I'll also be broadcasting live images of the cometduring th... more »

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2013-03-27 23:46:43 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Passing Through Rich Star Field Time-Lapse

Comet ISON has the potential to put on a terrific show near the end of 2013.  As you'll see from this time-lapse, the comet is already developing  a small tail.  This sungrazing comet will be under astonishing forces as it's catapulted around the Sun in November - it has to survive that passage before it can put on a great show!

The time-lapse is made up of 42 images, each of 120-seconds exposure, taken over a period of 86-minutes.  The images were streamed live during an online public show I hosted for slooh.com (the show is archived here if you missed it: http://youtu.be/Vk14oUVhg8k).

Together with other +Slooh Space Camera members, I'll be tracking Comet ISON every night using the Slooh robotic telescopes.  I'll also be broadcasting live images of the cometduring th... more »

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2013-03-20 00:21:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

Copious Comets!

With all eyes on Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS), some of the other comets currently visible are being a little neglected……

Tonight, there's a superb opportunity to observe at least fifteen comets in a single night!  Members of the +Slooh Space Camera are pointing the online robotic telescopes towards all fifteen comets that are brighter than magnitude 15.  The telescopes are based at Slooh's high altitude Canary Islands Observatory - home to some of Europe's biggest and finest telescopes, and 4-7hrs ahead of North American time.

Here are the comets that will be observed tonight (Tuesday):
 
Time Alt/Az Comet Designation
20:17 27/309 Comet C/2012 V2 (LINEAR)
20:57 35/285 Comet C/2012 L2 (LINEAR)
21:02 52/167 Comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd)
21:47 64/036 Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)22:07 79/093 ... more »

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2013-03-18 04:19:27 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS):

Just before the Messier Marathon organised by +Slooh Space Camera members last night, I took the opportunity of testing the visibility of Comet PanSTARRS using Slooh's specialist T3 Planetary System and the T1 Half Metre telescope.

These two images are appalling quality because the telescope didn't have a clear view of the comet - so half the field of view is actually looking at bushes!  The dusk sky was also quite bright and the comet was at the lowly altitude of 10°.

Interestingly though, the images show no signs of the fragmentation being reported earlier today.  This may help pin down when this event occurred.

Although Comet PanSTARRS stays at around 9° altitude until the end of the month, our horizon at the Observatorio del Teide does improve in that direction so we should have a clearview in ... more »

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2013-03-17 17:22:07 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Twin Satellites Overfly Observatory:

I spotted this image from the AllSky camera taken at 2013-03-10T21:15UTC.

At first I thought I'd caught a spectacular double or disintegrating meteor, but was soon disappointed after a quick check showed that it's actually a pair of satellites.

They are satellites NOSS 3-4 (A) and NOSS 3-4 (B) and are part of the US Navy third generation "Naval Ocean Surveillance System". It's the first time I've seen this particular duo over the Teide Observatory - we sometimes see groups of 4, 5 or even 6 satellites overflying - usually along the ecliptic.

NOSS 3-4 (A) chart: http://tinyurl.com/au5yehq
NOSS 3-4 (C) chart: http://tinyurl.com/bg64t6v
More info on NOSS here: http://tinyurl.com/beg7c29

  #astronomy   #space   #sciencesunday   #sa... more »

2013-03-12 01:27:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Added photos to Planetary Society Hangout, March 14: Amy Mainzer on asteroids, brown dwarfs, and other WISE results.

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2013-03-08 13:47:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I created a time-lapse of this asteroid a couple of nights ago - it's here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113293976957750950702/posts/Fd7KLts84Z4

I'll also be using the same robotic telescopes in the Canary Islands to image the asteroid live as it makes its closest approach.  The images will be broadcast live on a free public show on Saturday.  There's more info on that post linked above.

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2013-03-07 16:52:52 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

Near-Earth Asteroid 2013 ET on its way!

During some engineering work on one of the +Slooh Space Camera robotic telescopes last night, I used the opportunity to image a newly discovered Near-Earth Asteroid that will make its closest approach to Earth on Saturday (we'll have live coverage of the pass during a free public show).

The asteroid was only discovered on the 3rd March - only six days before making its closest approach.  I guess that's more warning that the Russians had last month!  It's still surprising that we continue to spot these relatively large objects only days before they are closest to Earth.

But worry not - there is no risk that this one will impact Earth.  It'll still be great fun watching it live as it passes by our pale blue dot!  If you'd like to watch the show, there are more details and a countdown on the slooh.comhome... more »

2013-02-24 16:58:11 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)

Live Images of Comet ISON:

We're going to take a live look at Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) on today's Live Universe Show to monitor its gradual brightening.  More details are here: http://goo.gl/7NHwa

  #astronomy   #space   #comet   #sciencesunday  +Chad Haney 

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