Amazing Video of a Lunar Occultation

by Jason Major December 28, 2012

Captured on camera by astrophotographer Rafael Defavari from his location in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, this video shows the Moon passing in front of Jupiter during an occultation event on December 25, 2012. Nice work! The video plays at 5x actual speed. Although Jupiter appeared to be “right next to” the Moon on Christmas […]

4 comments Read the full article →

“Jewel in the Night:” Original Music and Pictures from a Space Station Christmas

by Nancy Atkinson December 26, 2012

If you celebrate Christmas here on Earth, you may have a tree, stockings, and music. The crew on the International Space Station had those as well. Now in space as a member of the Expedition 34/35 crew, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield continues to share his experiences via social media, as he did during all of […]

2 comments Read the full article →

Did a Neutron Star Create the “Christmas Burst”?

by Jason Major December 1, 2011

On December 25, 2010, at 1:38 p.m. EST, NASA’s Swift Burst Alert Telescope detected a particularly long-lived gamma-ray burst in the constellation Andromeda. Lasting nearly half an hour, the burst (known as GRB 101225A) originated from an unknown distance, leaving astronomers to puzzle over exactly what may have created such a dazzling holiday display. Now […]

7 comments Read the full article →

The Holidays Are Coming! A Beginner’s Guide to Telescopes

by VirtualAstro November 13, 2011

The holidays are fast approaching, and you may be looking for gift ideas for your friends, loved ones and even yourself. Are you considering buying a telescope this year? There are many different types of astronomical telescope available on the market and for the beginner, selecting one can be a bewildering experience. Before buying a […]

6 comments Read the full article →