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Paul Cox (Coxy) has been at 27 events

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Discover Magazine3,434,242The year's most-anticipated celestial visitor, Comet ISON, reaches peak visibility this month – and we're here to help you make the most of it! Join editors from +Astronomy magazine   and +Discover Magazine   in this Google Hangout to learn about ISON, share your photos, and have your questions answered.We'll discuss: -When and where to spot Comet ISON-How best to photograph the comet-What scientists hope to learn from ISON -Amazing facts about comets across the agesDon’t miss out on the best views of ISON – RSVP now!Countdown to Comet ISON2013-11-21 21:00:001183 
The White House2,445,327This Friday at 2pm ET, the White House will host a "We The Geeks" Google+ Hangout on asteroids with experts including NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, former astronaut Ed Lu, and Bill Nye the Science Guy: http://at.wh.gov/lvjzdTune in to find out how experts are working to find asteroids before they find us—and other potential opportunities these space rocks present. Ask your questions using #WeTheGeeks and we'll answer some during the hangout.We the Geeks: Asteroids2013-05-31 20:00:00725 
Slooh95,757Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh 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 an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00360 
The Planetary Society2,897,278Join Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan for the Planetary Society weekly Google Hangout.  Mat will discuss his trip to the giant ALMA observatory and we'll be joined by asteroid tracker extraordinaire, Robert Holmes.  Mat will be giving a trip report and showing images from his recent Chile trip to the dedication of the world's largest ground based observatory: Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array.  Then, Bruce and Mat will chat with one of the top near Earth asteroid trackers in the world, Robert Holmes who runs the Astronomical Research Institute in Illinois, USA.Planetary Society Hangout March 21: ALMA Observatory and Tracking Asteroids2013-03-21 20:00:00140 
The Planetary Society2,897,278Join Emily Lakdawalla and NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer to talk about new views of asteroids in our solar system and brown dwarfs outside it.Planetary Society Hangout, March 14: Amy Mainzer on asteroids, brown dwarfs, and other WISE results2013-03-14 20:00:00235 
Scott Lewis211,993Many forces were joined in order to perform outreach at South By Southwest for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute worked with Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, University of Texas and CosmoQuest in order to engage and interact with the public in Austin, TX.On Saturday, 9th March, 2013, +Tony Darnell, +Fraser Cain, +Pamela Gay, +Frank Summers and myself and possibly some others will also join forces from the +NASA Experience Tent at South By Southwest in order to discuss the amazing and exciting things that are happening today and the future in space exploration and discovery. We'll do our best to answer any questions live as they're asked in the event. If you're in the Austin area, please feel free to stop by afterwards to come talk with the entire group! The NASA Experience Tent will be opening at 12 noon, with talks being given all day with an extremely large visual wall that's ~18 Million wide by 10 million pixels tall that will be showing off World Wide Telescope Tours of the Milky Way Galaxy. +CosmoQuest +NASA Webb Telescope +Space Fans #SXSWi   #SXSW   #HangoutsOnAir   #SXSW2013   #ScienceEveryday   #Space   #Science   #Astronomy  South by Southwest Space Science Hangout2013-03-09 10:00:00104 
The Planetary Society2,897,278Join Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts for live webcast coverage of the encounter with Asteroid 2012 DA14. This 45-meter asteroid will pass within 27,000 kilometers of Earth.  Also on hand will be the host of Planetary Radio, Mat Kaplan.We'll post the URL to the video here a few minutes before we start.You'll see:* Live telescope feeds from around the world (courtesy of JPL) A video tour of La Sagra Observatory in Spain, where 2012 DA14 was discovered with a camera provided by the Planetary Society* A live conversation with co-discoverer Jaime Nomen at La Sagra (subject to his availability)* Just possibly a surprise guest!Bruce will also answer your questions about this and other Near Earth Objects (NEO) as he explains how the Planetary Society backs efforts to detect, track and eventually deflect NEOs that threaten our planet.  It may be the biggest show in space this year. Live Webcast of Asteroid 2012DA14 Flyby 11:15 am PST/1915h UTC2013-02-15 20:15:00564 
Virtual Star Party10,965It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Join +Fraser Cain, +Scott Lewis  and a team of astronomers from across the globe as they explore the night sky with telescopes streaming into a live Google+ Hangout. We should be able to see Jupiter, maybe the Moon, and a whole range of wonderful deep sky objects.We'll even take requests. :-)Here's a link to last week's star party if you're wondering what it's all about.http://youtu.be/8nlOLY5IPAYThis explainer video will be replaced with the live video when we're about to start. Also, remember that the start time can be a little rough, it's tough to get everything lined up perfectly to start at 7:00 PM PST sharp.#VSP07022013   #StarParty  Official website:http://www.cosmoquest.org/hangoutsVirtual Star Party - Feb. 10, 20132013-02-11 04:00:00487 
Virtual Star Party10,965It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Join +Scott Lewis +Thad Szabo and a team of astronomers from across the globe as they explore the night sky with telescopes streaming into a live Google+ Hangout. We should be able to see Jupiter, maybe the Moon, and a whole range of wonderful deep sky objects.We'll even take requests. :-)Here's a link to last week's star party if you're wondering what it's all about.http://youtu.be/ZsqKkSq7vnEThis explainer video will be replaced with the live video when we're about to start. Also, remember that the start time can be a little rough, it's tough to get everything lined up perfectly to start at 7:00 PM PST sharp.#VSP03022013   #StarParty  Virtual Star Party -- 3 February, 20132013-02-04 04:00:00350 
Virtual Star Party10,965It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Join +Fraser Cain  +Pamela Gay  +Scott Lewis  +Thad Szabo  and a team of astronomers from across the globe as they explore the night sky with telescopes streaming into a live Google+ Hangout. We should be able to see Jupiter, maybe the Moon, and a whole range of wonderful deep sky objects.We'll even take requests. :-)Here's a link to last week's star party if you're wondering what it's all about.Virtual Star Party - Jan. 20, 2013: The Welcome Rookie EditionThis explainer video will be replaced with the live video when we're about to start. Also, remember that the start time can be a little rough, it's tough to get everything lined up perfectly to start at 6:00 PM PST sharp.Virtual Star Party - January 27, 20132013-01-28 03:30:00390 
Virtual Star Party10,965It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Join +Fraser Cain and a team of astronomers as they explore the night sky with telescopes streaming into a live Google+ Hangout. We should be able to see Jupiter, maybe a thin sliver of the Moon, if we're lucky, and a whole range of wonderful deep sky objects.We'll even take requests. :-)Here's a link to last week's star party if you're wondering what it's all about.Virtual Star Party - Jan 6, 2013: One Year Anniversary EditionThis explainer video will be replaced with the live video when we're about to start. Also, remember that the start time can be a little rough, it's tough to get everything lined up perfectly to start at 6 PST sharp.Virtual Star Party - Jan. 13, 20132013-01-14 03:00:00452 
Space Fan News!3,269,758,Our next hangout will feature +Mike Brown, +Mario Livio and +Emily Lakdawalla and will be very eclectic.  Lots of topics, lots of people!Mike Brown (aka PlutoKiller) will be on hand to talk about dwarf planets, near Earth Objects, asteroids and all sorts of cool topics along with Emily and Mario and the usual gang (+Alberto Conti +Jason Kalirai and +Tony Darnell ).The list of topics is far from complete and we're going to cover a lot, so I hope you'll be able to join us while we geek out at AAS!#AAS-Hangout-Jan9AAS Hangout: Planets, Pluto (not the same), Asteroids, Near Earth Objects, Life the Universe and Everything2013-01-09 15:00:00118 
Space Fan News!3,269,758Join us as we talk with Dr. Jessica Lu, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii about our galactic center!Of course, no decent discussion about the center of a galaxy can exclude supermassive black holes, so you can be sure there's gonna be lots of black hole talk going on.Some topics we'll cover:How big is the center of the Milky Way?How densely packed is it?How active is our SMBH?  How big is it?If it's black, how do we know it's there?Also, more than you ever wanted to hear about black holes: how they affect galaxy formation, how they evaporate and how they eventually die.Lots of cool stuff to be sure, so try to make it if you can!As always, leave any topics you'd like to discuss in the comments below or send a tweet using our hashtag #SpaceFan, or comment on the YouTube video once we set it up.Looking forward to seeing you all there!#SpaceFanHangout-JessicaLuAAS Hangout: The Black Hole in Our Galactic Center2013-01-07 16:00:00112 
Virtual Star Party10,965Join +Scott Lewis +Nicole Gugliucci +Thad Szabo and our team of astronomers from across the globe as we visit the furthest reaches of the Universe. Our fantastic team of hardy and dedicated astronomers will set up their scopes and journey from object to object.Mars will be setting as Jupiter is rising higher in the sky (West Coast USA), a waxing gibbous Moon and many deep sky objects are available for our viewing pleasure! Since we're later in the year it might even bet possible to see the crowd favorite Orion Nebula! We'll even take requests so long as the object is up in the sky for our astronomers.This event will be a Hangout On Air, which will allow the public to view the streaming live and make comments here on the event page, on the various shares of the broadcast, YouTube and twitter using the hash-tag #starparty . All are welcome to make comments & ask questions for the astronomers which will be answered on air!If you want to be notified each week about our star parties, make sure you circle +Virtual Star Party!#vsp-dec23#starparty  Virtual Star Party -- 23 December 20122012-12-24 03:00:00363 
Virtual Star Party10,965Join +Scott Lewis, +Nicole Gugliucci and our team of astronomers from across the globe as we visit the furthest reaches of the Universe. Our fantastic team of hardy and dedicated astronomers will set up their scopes and journey from object to object.Mars will be setting as Jupiter is rising higher in the sky (West Coast USA) and many deep sky objects are available for our viewing pleasure! Since we're later in the year it might even bet possible to see the crowd favorite Orion Nebula! We'll even take requests so long as the object is up in the sky for our astronomers.This event will be a Hangout On Air, which will allow the public to view the streaming live and make comments here on the event page, on the various shares of the broadcast, YouTube and twitter using the hash-tag #starparty . All are welcome to make comments & ask questions for the astronomers which will be answered on air!If you want to be notified each week about our star parties, make sure you circle +Virtual Star Party on Google+!#vsp-dec16 #starparty   Virtual Star Party -- 16 December, 20122012-12-17 03:00:00460 
The Planetary Society2,897,278Join us for our weekly hangout with the Planetary Society Casey Dreier hosts guests Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts from the Planetary Society to discuss where and when the two GRAIL spacecraft will smash into the Moon, get the latest news on Curiosity's, travels, and understand the upcoming milestones and steps for the 2020 Rover.Planetary Society Hangout, Dec 13 2012: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives, and the 2020 Rover Surprise2012-12-13 21:00:00184 
The Guardian3,857,940Join us this Thursday for our hangout with +Jemima Kiss following our Battle for the Internet series - looking at the challenges facing the open web and who controls the internet ahead of the International Telecommunication Union conference in Dubai this December.We'll be joined by experts across the world plus five selected readers, and we hope you can join us to watch the live event here on Google+. Our panellists include: - Alice Munyua, Chair of Kenya's internet Governance Steering Committee        - David Drummond, Senior vice president, corporate development and chief legal officer, Google   - Alexander Ntoko, Chief, operations and planning department, Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau, ITU- Eleanor Saitta,Technical director, IMMI    If you can't make it live, don't worry as we'll publish video highlights on guardian.co.uk after the hangout so you can watch the best bits and leave a comment. #hangoutsonair   #hangoutonair   #Googlehangout   #TheGuardian   #HOA   #internet   #technology   #Google  Who Rules the Internet? Join our Google hangout2012-10-18 18:00:00386 
Fraser Cain902,598Join our team of space/astronomy journalists as we bring you a quick rundown of all the breaking space news this week. Professional journalists from Universe Today, SPACE.com, Discovery, Discover Magazine, NBC, and more.We'll talk about the latest missions, biggest discoveries, and more.Hosted by Fraser CainClick "Yes" to "Are you going" if you want to have this event automatically put into your calendar.Weekly Space Hangout - Oct. 11, 20122012-10-11 19:00:00253 
Fraser Cain902,598It's time for another live recording of +Astronomy Cast, right here on Google+. Isaac Newton has been called "the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived." That sounds about right. He unlocked our modern understanding of gravity and laws of motion, dabbled in optics, philosophy... even alchemy. He was also known to have a bit of a difficult personality. Let's find out everything we can about Isaac Newton. Astronomy Cast Live, Episode 275: Isaac Newton2012-10-08 21:00:00296 
Fraser Cain902,598Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky.If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the +Virtual Star Party on Google+.#vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00542 
Fraser Cain902,598There are some topics on Astronomy Cast that we wait until we're good and ready; until the science is all in. Well, the Dawn mission has completed its mapping operations at Asteroid Vesta, and it's now moving to Ceres. This gives us a great opportunity to take a detailed look at this amazing asteroid, report on the science finding, and give you a preview of what's coming next.Hosts: +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay As always, this will be a live Google+ Hangout on Air. we'll take the first 30 minutes or so to record the live show and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy.You can subscribe to +Astronomy Cast from iTunes or any Podcatching software.http://www.astronomycast.com/podcast.xmlYou can see our full archive of shows here:http://www.astronomycast.com/archive/You can also watch past videos from Astronomy Cast at this playlist:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7396E454FBC2FD1F&feature=plcpAstronomy Cast Live Recording - Episode 274: Vesta2012-10-01 21:00:00345 
Fraser Cain902,598Join us for a +Virtual Star Party Every week we connect up a bunch of telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and broadcast our view of the night sky. What will we be able to see? We're moving into the Fall constellations now, so many of the bright galaxies like Andromeda and M33 will be visible.It'll be a big bright Full Moon on Sunday, so... there's that. Maybe Jupiter?We'll get started once it gets dark on the West Coast.If you love these star parties, make sure you circle +Virtual Star Party on Google+. Then you'll get an invite each week.#starparty-sep30I've attached last week's star party so you can get an idea of what this is about.Virtual Star Party - Sep. 30, 20122012-10-01 04:30:00630 
Fraser Cain902,598If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.Are you going? Click "Yes"Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a +Virtual Star Party, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun!We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at.We'll even take requests.I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all aboutIf you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the +Virtual Star Party to your circles.#virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00427 
CosmoQuest41,764International Observe the Moon Night is bringing all of humanity together to gaze at the Moon. It's simple to participate... go outside and look up! We'll have a series of Hangouts throughout the day so you can observe the Moon with people from all over the world. Exact times TBA, but expect them to be centered around Australian, European, and American time zones.You can also visit the website and participate in a local event near you. Be sure to share your pictures and experiences here and on Twitter with the hashtag #MoonNight . First Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 0800 UTC // 0000 PDT from Australia and New ZealandArchived: Welcome to International Observe the Moon NightSecond Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 1600 UTC // 0800 PDT from Malaysia---- Cancelled due to clouds --Third Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 1830 UTC // 1030 PDT from Turkey and DenmarkInternational Observe the Moon Night Part 2International Observe the Moon Night2012-09-22 09:00:0087 
Fraser Cain902,598Once again, we'll be hooking up multiple telescopes into a live Google+ hangout, and display the wonders of the Universe. We might see planets, the Moon, galaxies, star clusters, or nebulae.We'll also have PhD astronomers join and explain the science behind the beautiful views. We'll even take requests.I'm attaching a view of last week's star party so you can see what you missed last week. Hint: Uranus and Neptune.#starparty-sep16Virtual Star Party - Sep 16, 20122012-09-17 04:30:00235 
Fraser Cain902,598We're back from hiatus and ready to report on everything new in space and astronomy. Find out what Curiosity is up to. What about that comet/asteroid that just hit Jupiter? We'll report on the recent space news and then take your questions live, right here on Google+.Weekly Space Hangout - Sep. 13, 20122012-09-13 19:00:0096 
Fraser Cain902,598To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, +Pamela L. Gay, +Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien for this special event.Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment.We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout  (this will replace our regular Sunday night +Virtual Star Party)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004877 

Paul Cox (Coxy) has been shared in 8 public circles

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Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
Katherine R6,871Astro-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 12:33:32119207
Brunner Nathan1,114This is a circle of active GPlusser. Hope you will enjoy !!!#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle2013-01-01 18:08:56280111
Robert Craven3,058A circle of influence from +Nils Tschampel  to share with you all2012-12-09 23:00:21279222
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 16:31:4582161129
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 23:50:4266371147
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 23:07:5557000
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 02:07:17277771238

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2014-01-03 15:46:30 (39 comments, 46 reshares, 387 +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 »

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2014-01-03 15:46:30 (39 comments, 46 reshares, 387 +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 »

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2014-01-03 15:46:30 (39 comments, 46 reshares, 387 +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 »

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2014-08-12 23:55:08 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Have you ever heard a meteor?  Well now is your chance!

We're watching and listening to live coverage of the Perseid Meteor Shower at slooh.com

Slooh has a special radio feed to counter the moonlight that is blotting out all but the brightest meteors.  The radio feed allows us to hear the radio waves reflected by the ionisation trails left by the meteors. 

Make sure you catch the embedded videos that play from time-to-time that explain more about the meteors and the unique radio feed.  Basically, if you hear a tone amidst the crackling noise, that's a meteor.  You will also be able to see a visualisation of the signal on screen.

  #meteorshower   #perseids   #perseidmeteorshower  +Slooh +SPACE.com  #meteor  

Have you ever heard a meteor?  Well now is your chance!

We're watching and listening to live coverage of the Perseid Meteor Shower at slooh.com

Slooh has a special radio feed to counter the moonlight that is blotting out all but the brightest meteors.  The radio feed allows us to hear the radio waves reflected by the ionisation trails left by the meteors. 

Make sure you catch the embedded videos that play from time-to-time that explain more about the meteors and the unique radio feed.  Basically, if you hear a tone amidst the crackling noise, that's a meteor.  You will also be able to see a visualisation of the signal on screen.

  #meteorshower   #perseids   #perseidmeteorshower  +Slooh +SPACE.com  #meteor  ___

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2014-03-20 04:57:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +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 

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, 3 +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 

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 (39 comments, 46 reshares, 387 +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 »

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 to everyone.

Saturn has only just returned to our pre-dawn skies - looking resplendent as always.  Saturn's apparent tilt towards the Earth is even greater than last year, so we get a fabulous view of the ring system.

Uranus is always great to observe and image - with its retinue of moons (you can see a few of them in the image below).

Neptune always surprises me - we can even see its moon Triton even though Neptune is the most distant of the planets in our Solar System.

All the images were taken with the exactly the same telescope system, so the scale is each is exact.  Jupiter will now start to diminish in apparent size, as Saturn does the opposite. 

I used the Slooh.com "T2 High Magnification" telescope based at their high altitude observatory in the Canary Islands.  Anyone can join and use the telescopes to point to any object or coordinates they choose. 

Quite a few members are currently tracking Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) which looks wonderful but was neglected by observers while ISON was doing its thing!  Other members are tracking and characterising Near-Earth Asteroids as part of Slooh's Research Campaign.  But loads of members simply build huge collections of stunning colour astro photos!

#planet   #jupiter   #opposition   #saturn   #astronomy   #astrophotography  +SPACE.com +Science on Google+ +ScienceSunday ___

2013-11-21 18:02:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Added photos to Countdown to Comet ISON.

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!

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

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 ISON is looking better and better each night as it rises earlier and gains some altitude before dawn.

Here are a few of the recent images we've been watching each night:

#comet   #cometison  

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 of it for yourself?!

#cometison   #comet   #astronomy   #astrophotography     #lovejoy   #cometlovejoy  ___Comet ISON is looking better and better each night as it rises earlier and gains some altitude before dawn.

Here are a few of the recent images we've been watching each night:

#comet   #cometison  

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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.

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) 

Live Comet ISON Tonight!

Please reshare and/or invite your Circles - we'll have live images of Comet ISON direct from all three telescopes tonight - including from the Half Metre telescope. 

The show is late, but the images should be awesome.

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 free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store.

Download Slooh's iPad App: http://tinyurl.com/Slooh-iPad-App

You can also watch on YouTube live: Comet ISON Conspiracy___Live Comet ISON Tonight!

Please reshare and/or invite your Circles - we'll have live images of Comet ISON direct from all three telescopes tonight - including from the Half Metre telescope. 

The show is late, but the images should be awesome.

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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 »

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 can select the different real-time telescope views whilst watching the show.

  #mars   #astronomy   #cometison    #hst   #hubblespacetelescope  ___

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

Mars Enters the Beehive tonight - LIVE

We'll be broadcasting a second live astronomy show tonight - Mars is entering the Beehive Cluster.

We'll have live images direct from the observatory.  We may even get a peak at Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) which we've also been watching every night for the last couple of weeks.

#astronomy
  #hangoutsonair
 
#astrophotography
 +ScienceSunday  #virtualstarparty  +Virtual Star Party 

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___Mars Enters the Beehive tonight - LIVE

We'll be broadcasting a second live astronomy show tonight - Mars is entering the Beehive Cluster.

We'll have live images direct from the observatory.  We may even get a peak at Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) which we've also been watching every night for the last couple of weeks.

#astronomy
  #hangoutsonair
 
#astrophotography
 +ScienceSunday  #virtualstarparty  +Virtual Star Party 

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2013-09-09 00:38:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +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 

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 »

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's getting better and better as it climbs in the pre-dawn skies.

The show will be broadcast on Slooh's homepage and their YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/SloohOnAirVideos

PS I'll be broadcasting another show on Sunday night (8th Sept) when we'll be watching not only Comet ISON, but also Mars as it enters the Beehive Cluster!

#cometison   #astronomy   #comet   #ison  ___

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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 »

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 science behind them; the consequences of one of these lumps of rock hitting Earth; and the measures we can take to protect the Earth from the inevitable. 

We're not scare-mongering - quite the opposite - we want to share the truth about this fascinating area of astronomy, and dispel some of the tripe that is talked about on many websites and YouTube channels (remember our 24hr debunking of the "End of the World" last year?).  And of course we'll usually have live images from the Slooh.com online telescopes to illustrate the shows!

#asteroid   #astronomy   #comet   #nearearthobject  ___

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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  

"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 »

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 #perigee___

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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 »

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 a smaller asteroid was found in radar images of 1998 QE2 earlier today.  There are always some surprises when it comes to our busy little corner of the galaxy!

#asteroid   #1998qe2   #astronomy   #space  +SPACE.com +Discovery Channel +Fraser Cain +NASA +BBC News ___

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

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

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) 

This is one of a series of images I took last night of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2.  I was running some tests for the live Hangout OnAir broadcast I'll be hosting on Friday as it makes its closest approach to Earth (astronomy author +Bob Berman will be my guest on the show).

The apparent speed of this enormous _Potentially Hazardous Asteroid_ will be even greater on Friday; tracking it using an unmanned robotic observatory 3000 miles away on top of an 8,000ft volcano will be challenging - but great fun!

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.com +Discovery Channel +Universe Today ___This is one of a series of images I took last night of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2.  I was running some tests for the live Hangout OnAir broadcast I'll be hosting on Friday as it makes its closest approach to Earth (astronomy author +Bob Berman will be my guest on the show).

The apparent speed of this enormous _Potentially Hazardous Asteroid_ will be even greater on Friday; tracking it using an unmanned robotic observatory 3000 miles away on top of an 8,000ft volcano will be challenging - but great fun!

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

I took this image of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2 last night during tests for the live Hangout OnAir broadcast I'll be hosting on Friday as it makes its closest approach to Earth.

Its apparent speed will be even greater on Friday so tracking it using an unmanned robotic telescope 3000 miles away on top of an 8,000ft volcano will be challenging - but great fun!

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.com +Discovery Channel +Universe Today ___I took this image of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2 last night during tests for the live Hangout OnAir broadcast I'll be hosting on Friday as it makes its closest approach to Earth.

Its apparent speed will be even greater on Friday so tracking it using an unmanned robotic telescope 3000 miles away on top of an 8,000ft volcano will be challenging - but great fun!

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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 »

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.com +Discovery Channel +Universe Today ___

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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 »

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 putting on a terrific show for astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere each morning at present.  It's been dubbed "Comet Lime" by some because of its green hue (caused by the ionisation of Cyanogen (CN) and Diatomic Carbon (C2) by the solar wind).  Although the sungrazing Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is disappearing into the daytime skies for a couple of months (it's back in view around mid-August), it's still hoped that it will put on a spectacular show closer to perihelion at the end of November.

So 2013 is certainly turning out to be a great year for comet watchers!

Comet Anti-Tails: http://goo.gl/NA5Rt
Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS): http://goo.gl/DLGlf
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON): http://goo.gl/GvZCV
Comet C/2012 F6 (Lemmon): http://goo.gl/2AUnM

#astronomy   #comet   #cometpanstarrs   #cometison #cometlemmon   #antitail   #sciencesunday   #astrophotography  ___

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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 »

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!).

If you're not a Slooh Member, there is another way you can control Slooh's robotic telescopes -  you can use the new +Slooh Space Camera App (http://goo.gl/7l8MW) to book your own "Mission" (imaging session) to catch the ice giant and hundreds of other objects.  The Gas Giant Saturn is also looking fabulous at present - so you can Book a Mission to that too so that it's added to your very own virtual sky in the App.  The App itself is free, providing you with a live sky chart to help you find objects.

Slooh Space Camera App: http://goo.gl/7l8MW
Full Resolution image of the Moon: http://goo.gl/AGi5Z
Sky & Telescope's Triton Tracker: http://tinyurl.com/nz3szsa

PS Phase II of the Slooh App development will include porting it to other mobile devices such as Android!

#astronomy   #saturn   #neptune   #scienceeveryday   #scienceisawesome  ___

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

This should be a great show.  Reading up about the impact, and the history of why NASA set up their monitoring stations makes a fascinating story.

We'll have some great real-time lunar images from the Canary Islands Observatory.

#astronomy   #moon   #moonimpact  

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.___This should be a great show.  Reading up about the impact, and the history of why NASA set up their monitoring stations makes a fascinating story.

We'll have some great real-time lunar images from the Canary Islands Observatory.

#astronomy   #moon   #moonimpact  

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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  

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) 

"Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse later today!

The weather is looking good at a couple of the image feed locations.  The path of "annularity" (greatest eclipse) crosses a very small and sparsely populated region of Australia and a few Pacific islands.  This has not been an easy event to cover live, so we're crossing our fingers!

Hope to see you all later.

Paul

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 an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.


Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/slooh

Slooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY

#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  ___"Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse later today!

The weather is looking good at a couple of the image feed locations.  The path of "annularity" (greatest eclipse) crosses a very small and sparsely populated region of Australia and a few Pacific islands.  This has not been an easy event to cover live, so we're crossing our fingers!

Hope to see you all later.

Paul

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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 »

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 Wide Field telescope based at their Canary Islands observatory.

Shortly after the eclipse, I took this high resolution image of the Full Moon using Slooh's Half Metre telescope (9MB): www.christen-eagle.com/G+/Full_Moon_2013-04-26T023033UTC.png

Zoom in to the upper right of the Moon's limb to see the tops of mountains and craters just catching the sunlight.

#astronomy  +SPACE.com +Fraser Cain  #moon   #lunareclipse  +ScienceSunday ___

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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  

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) 

Partial Lunar Eclipse - LIVE!
Thursday 25th April: Noon PDT  ¦  3PM EDT ¦  19:00UTC
International times here: http://goo.gl/ZPHXW

I'm really looking forward to Thursday's show - Dr Lucie Green is always fascinating to listen to.

Although this is a tiny partial eclipse, we wanted to show it live to help explain the different types of lunar eclipse.  We'll also be looking at the basics of lunar phases, as well as the formation of our Moon, and why it's been essential for life on Earth.

I'll also be feeding in live images from the Canary Islands observatory where the eclipse will be underway as the Moon rises.

Hope to see you there!

PS We're also broadcasting a special show on Sunday for the Opposition of Saturn (when it's closest to Earth).  The ringed gas giant is arguably themost beautifu... more »

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 the partial lunar eclipse unfold live alongside Slooh’s broadcast team which includes Dr. Lucie Green, frequent BBC contributor and solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

“I am very excited to be a part of the lunar eclipse broadcast,” said Dr. Green. “Having been a part of several Slooh broadcasts, including the June 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse, 2012 Annular Eclipse, and 2012 Total Solar Eclipse, I always look forward to seeing these events live on Slooh.”

Download Slooh iPad app: www.appstore.com/slooh

Event:  www.facebook.com/events/489242211142402/

#astronomy   #space   #scienceongoogleplus   #eclipse   #moon   #lunareclipse  ___Partial Lunar Eclipse - LIVE!
Thursday 25th April: Noon PDT  ¦  3PM EDT ¦  19:00UTC
International times here: http://goo.gl/ZPHXW

I'm really looking forward to Thursday's show - Dr Lucie Green is always fascinating to listen to.

Although this is a tiny partial eclipse, we wanted to show it live to help explain the different types of lunar eclipse.  We'll also be looking at the basics of lunar phases, as well as the formation of our Moon, and why it's been essential for life on Earth.

I'll also be feeding in live images from the Canary Islands observatory where the eclipse will be underway as the Moon rises.

Hope to see you there!

PS We're also broadcasting a special show on Sunday for the Opposition of Saturn (when it's closest to Earth).  The ringed gas giant is arguably the most beautiful sight in the solar system, and we'll be streaming live images of it during the free public show!  Details will be on the slooh.com homepage.

#astronomy   #eclipse   #lunareclipse   #moon   #hangoutsonair   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #scienceisawesome  +Discovery Channel +ScienceSunday +SPACE.com  #saturn   #saturnrings

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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 »

Last Chance to Watch Jupiter and its Moons!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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!

The screen grab in this post illustrates what will be happening when the Canary Islands Observatory opens on Saturday evening (1:30PM PDT, 4:30PM EDT, 20:30UTC).
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Jovian Phenomena Saturday April 13, 1:30PM PDT:
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Europa will already be transiting across the face of the planet as the observatory opens.
Io will have just popped out from occultation behind Jupiter, but will still be eclipsed by the planet's shadow.  Io pops back into the sunlight and ends its eclipse at 20:51UTC.
Europa's Shadow Transit starts at 21:11UTC - appearing as a well defined black spot on the planet's upper atmosphere.
Europa finishes its transit at 21:37UTC, just 10-minutes before Jupiter starts to descend into the western horizon.

The Gas Giant won't return to our skies until the end of July when it rises shortly before dawn.  In the meantime, the other gas giant Saturn is getting better and better as it nears opposition on the 28th April, and will be visible all night long.  Its ring system is tilted towards Earth at present so it looks spectacular!

#astronomy   #astrophotography   #ipad   #appstore   #jupiter   #scienceeveryday  +SPACE.com +Fraser Cain ___

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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   

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 »

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://goo.gl/66csW

If members of the group enjoy this exercise, I can post a few other data sets from the Slooh telescopes.

You can see some other examples of the real-time images in my G+ photo albums: http://goo.gl/AxdYo___

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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 »

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 the terminator (the division between the illuminated and dark regions).

Original High-Res Image: http://tinyurl.com/d7fc5hz
Labelled High-Res Image: http://tinyurl.com/bpk9mlb
High Res Animated GIF: http://tinyurl.com/clq5nlb
Lunar Phases: http://tinyurl.com/ce2qqjk
Lunar Terminator: http://tinyurl.com/bne9phk

#astronomy   #astrophotography   #space   #moon___

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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 

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 »

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 the video.

Matsuo Sugano, who worked at the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Japan, is no stranger to astronomical discoveries.  He discovered a number of asteroids (asteroid "5872 Sugano" is named after him, and asteroid "6155 Yokosugano" was named for his wife, Yoko).  He was also a co-discoverer of Comet Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa (C/1983 J1).

Type II supernovae are generated when a massive star runs out of material to fuel its nuclear fusion.  With the forces within the star out of balance, its own gravity causes the star to collapse in on itself - it explodes in one of the biggest explosions known in the Universe.  They often leave stunning supernova remnants such as the well known Crab Nebula - at its core, all that remains of its progenitor star is a tiny neutron star spinning at a staggering speed of 30.2 times per second.  It's only around 18 miles in diameter but is so dense that a can-full would have the same mass as our entire Moon!  It emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves, which is why it's called a pulsar (Pulsating Star).

Galaxy M65: http://goo.gl/PfhwV
Supernovae: http://goo.gl/0xTpB
Type II Supernovae: http://goo.gl/lxfWy
Pulsars: http://goo.gl/3TdVU
The Crab Nebula: http://goo.gl/eutVM

#astronomy   #astronomia   #astronomypictures   #space   #supernova  +ScienceSunday  #scienceongoogleplus  ___

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2013-03-28 20:54:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +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  

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  

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!

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  

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 »

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 at night.  It's also known as the "Full Sap Moon", marking the time of tapping maple trees.

This particular Full Moon is also known as the "Paschal Full Moon" - the first Full Moon of the Spring season.  The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday.

The full space.com article "Moon Swoon: How 2013's Full Moons Got Their Peculiar Names" is here: http://goo.gl/tIRcj

#astronomy  +SPACE.com  #space   #moon  ___

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

With all eyes currently on Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS), I've been keeping a nightly watch on Comet ISON (C/2012 S1 (ISON)).

This is a time-lapse of ISON as it makes its way across a rich star field.  The images were taken using robotic telescopes at the "Observatorio del Teide" in the Canary Islands.

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 comet during the special Comet ISON shows each month over at slooh.com.

The period covered by these images was from 2013-03-25T22:36:16UTC to 2013-03-26T00:02:31UTC.

My "Comet ISON: Why all the hype?" video is here: http://youtu.be/MltdNP7cZIo

#astronomy   #space   #comet   #cometison   #timelapse   #panstarrs  ___With all eyes currently on Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS), I've been keeping a nightly watch on Comet ISON (C/2012 S1 (ISON)).

This is a time-lapse of ISON as it makes its way across a rich star field.  The images were taken using robotic telescopes at the "Observatorio del Teide" in the Canary Islands.

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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 »

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 comet during the special Comet ISON shows each month over at slooh.com.

The period covered by these images was from 2013-03-25T22:36:16UTC to 2013-03-26T00:02:31UTC.

My "Comet ISON: Why all the hype?" video is here: http://youtu.be/MltdNP7cZIo

#astronomy   #space   #comet   #cometison   #timelapse   #panstarrs  ___

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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 »

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 Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)
23:37 81/265 Comet 63P/Wild
23:42 14/128 Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
23:47 70/344 Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)
23:52 70/342 Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)
23:57 69/340 Comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)
00:02 20/051 Comet 273P/Pons-Gambart
00:07 74/270 Comet 63P/Wild
00:37 68/273 Comet 63P/Wild
00:57 63/275 Comet 63P/Wild
01:37 55/278 Comet 63P/Wild
02:07 35/159 Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
02:17 46/281 Comet 63P/Wild
02:22 45/055 Comet 273P/Pons-Gambart
02:37 41/282 Comet 63P/Wild
03:07 48/158 Comet 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu
03:17 43/160 Comet C/2006 S3 (LONEOS)
03:22 44/146 Comet C/2011 R1 (McNaught
03:32 580/52 Comet 273P/Pons-Gambart
05:52 30/070 Comet C/2010 S1 (LINEAR)
05:57 35/158 Comet 91P/Russell
06:02 24/082 Comet C/2012 T5 (Bressi)
06:12 24/105 Comet C/2013 E2 (Iwamoto)

The image below is of Comet C/2012 L2 (LINEAR) - the second to be imaged tonight.

#astronomy   #astronomypictures   #astrophotography   #scienceeveryday  +SPACE.com +Discovery Channel +NASA ___

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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 »

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 clear view in a week or so.

Take a look at these high-res (3056x3056) images and tell me if you can spot any indication of a break-up?

Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS): http://goo.gl/VjrTv
Is it fragmenting?: http://goo.gl/8rq9K

  #astronomy   #cometpanstarrs   #comet   #astrophotography   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  ___

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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 »

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   #satellite  ___

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.

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.

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 »

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.com homepage.

NEO 2013 ET: http://tinyurl.com/b3hg2h5
NASA NEO Program; http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/neo/

#astronomy   #astrophotography   #asteroid   #comet   #hangoutsonair   #sciencesunday   #scienceongplus   #scienceongoogleplus  +SPACE.com  #scienceeveryday  ___

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