Astro-Panarama: Aurora on the Farm

by Nancy Atkinson on September 30, 2014

A 180° panorama of an aurora display behind grain bins on a country road in Alberta, Canada.  Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer/Amazing Sky Photography.

A 180° panorama of an aurora display behind grain bins on a country road in Alberta, Canada. Credit and copyright: Alan Dyer/Amazing Sky Photography.

Since I grew up on a farm, I know how lovely the night sky can be when you’re out in the country. But this new image from Alan Dyer is just astounding!

This 180-degree panorama shows an aurora display behind grain bins on a country road in Alberta, Canada. “The aurora adds more color to a sky also filled with green airglow,” Alan wrote on Flickr, “while at the ends of the roads are yellow glows of light pollution, from Strathmore and Calgary at left, and Bassano at right. For a few minutes there was also the sharp edge at left to the aurora rays, present in 3 frames of the panorama, so it is not an artifact of the stitching. The Big Dipper is left of centre, low in the north.”

Just gorgeous. Plus, it reminds me of home…

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Alleged Meteor Caught on Russian Dash Cam (Again)

by Jason Major on September 30, 2014

Thanks to the ubiquitousness of dashboard-mounted video cameras in Russia yet another bright object has been spotted lighting up the sky over Siberia, this time a “meteor-like object” seen on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 27.

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he International Space Station as seen by the departing STS-134 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour in May 2011. Credit: NASA

he International Space Station as seen by the departing STS-134 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour in May 2011. Credit: NASA

TORONTO, CANADA – NASA isn’t “reading too much” into a report that the Russians will spend $8 billion on the International Space Station through 2025, the head of the agency says. That date is five years past the international agreements to operate the space station.

The Russian announcement comes at a pivotal time for NASA, which is looking to extend operations on the station to at least 2024. Other space agency heads have not yet signed on. Russia is the major partner for NASA on the station, given it operates several modules and sends astronauts to and from Earth on Soyuz spacecraft.

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Behold: 100 Planetary Nebulas

by Nancy Atkinson on September 29, 2014

100 colorful planetary nebulae, at apparent size relative to one another. Image processing and collection by Judy Schmidt.

100 colorful planetary nebulae, at apparent size relative to one another. Image processing and collection by Judy Schmidt.

If you like planetary nebulas, you’re in luck. Multimedia artist Judy Schmidt has put together an amazing collection of 100 of these colorful glowing shells of gas and plasma, all at apparent size relative to one another. There’s even a giant-sized 10,000 pixel-wide version available on Flickr.

How many of these planetary nebulae can you identify?

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Stunning Astrophoto: Milky Way Over Fünfländerblick

by Nancy Atkinson on September 29, 2014

'Fu?nfla?nderblick Milchstrasse,' the Milky Way over a dark country sky in Switzerland. Credit and copyright: Christian Kamber.

‘Fu?nfla?nderblick Milchstrasse,’ the Milky Way over a dark country sky in Switzerland. Credit and copyright: Christian Kamber.

Hey, it’s #MilkyWayMonday! This gorgeous photo of the Milky Way was taken by astrophotographer Christian Kamber near Fu?nfla?nderblick, Switzerland (you can see the region on a map here). This is a stack of 20 shots, made with Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop.

Lovely!
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