Astrophotos: Spectacular Venus-Jupiter Conjunction Graces the Dawn

by Nancy Atkinson August 18, 2014

The closest planetary conjunction of the year graced the skies this morning, and astrophotographers were out in force to marvel at the beauty. The duo were just 11.9’ apart, less than half the diameter of a Full Moon. Also joining the view was M44, the Beehive Cluster. We start with this gorgeous shot from Queensland, […]

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How Do We Terraform Venus?

by Fraser Cain July 24, 2014

It might be possible to terraform Venus some day, when our technology gets good enough. The challenges for Venus are totally different than for Mars. How will we need to fix Venus? Fraser Cain on Google+

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Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

by Bob King July 12, 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it’s back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]

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Beautiful Astrophotos: Crescent Moon and Venus Rising

by Nancy Atkinson June 25, 2014

Did you see the crescent Moon near a bright star on Tuesday morning this week? Many of our Flickr group astrophotographers captured gorgeous shots of the two together in the sky, including this eye-candy image from Alan Dyer from Canada. Just take a look! Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Amazing Manual Trailing of Sirius and More Astrophotos from Pakistan

by Nancy Atkinson June 12, 2014

Ever notice how the brilliant star Sirius appears to change colors right before your eyes? Astrophotographer Roshaan Bukhari from Pakistan wanted to see for himself how this twinkling star changes in color due to the effects of our atmosphere as its light gets refracted and he did a little experiment with his telescope and camera. […]

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