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Courses in Astrophotography. The beautiful 3D map of space that plots our nearest galaxies - and reminds us how tiny Earth is. French researchers have created 3D representations of what our local universe looks likeIt centres around the Milky Way and Andromeda but extends up to 3,000 million light years awayBy plotting the universe, astronomers can learn more about how galaxies form.

The beautiful 3D map of space that plots our nearest galaxies - and reminds us how tiny Earth is

Astronomy News. Can humanity cope with long-term space travel? Scans reveal damage to brains and eyes in astronauts. MRI tests on travellers to International Space Station uncover effects on eyeballs and brain connectionsMission to Mars may not be possibleHumanity's ability to get to and settle on another planet may also be a non-runner By Eddie Wrenn Published: 10:57 GMT, 13 March 2012 | Updated: 16:20 GMT, 13 March 2012 Brain scans of NASA astronauts who have spent more than a month in space have revealed damage to their eyeballs and brain tissue.

Can humanity cope with long-term space travel? Scans reveal damage to brains and eyes in astronauts

Nasa NuStar telescope dropped from plane: Rocket powered device soars into space. By Eddie Wrenn Published: 08:39 GMT, 13 June 2012 | Updated: 06:50 GMT, 14 June 2012 NASA has launched its latest X-ray space telescope on a two-year hunt for black holes lurking in the heart of the Milky Way and other galaxies.

Nasa NuStar telescope dropped from plane: Rocket powered device soars into space

Guide to Space. By Matt Williams on April 24, 2008.

Guide to Space

Saving space science – do you Uwingu? Space science is in a tight spot today.

Saving space science – do you Uwingu?

Much of it is funded by NASA and NSF, and both are facing very large cuts in the 2013 US budget. So what’s a space and science enthusiast to do? Night Sky Constellations Naming History. There are 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky, and these astronomical patterns have a fascinating and long history.

Night Sky Constellations Naming History

Forty-eight of the constellations are known as ancient or original, meaning they were talked about by the Greeks and probably by the Babylonians and still earlier peoples. After the 15th century, with the age of the great discoveries and worldwide navigation, the southernmost parts of the sky became known to man and had to be charted. Furthermore, across the entire sky were large gaps filled chiefly with dim stars between them. In more recent times people have invented the modern constellations to fill up some of these spaces. In our current evening sky, roughly between the bright star Capella and the Big Dipper’s bowl are two examples of modern constellations.

10 popular misconceptions about astronomy explained. With the return of the brilliant planet Venus to our evening sky, I'm reminded of an amusing anecdote related by a good friend of mine, George Lovi, a well-known astronomy lecturer and author who passed away in 1993.

10 popular misconceptions about astronomy explained

One night, while running a public night at the Brooklyn College Observatory in New York, the telescope was pointed right at Venus, which was displaying a delicate crescent shape at the time. Yet, one student gazing through the telescope eyepiece stubbornly insisted that he was really looking at the moon. When George pointed out that the moon wasn't even in the sky, the student replied, "So what? Doesn't a telescope show you things you can't see without it? " That story got me thinking about a number of popular misconceptions in astronomy. 1. The Hubble Website. Bernard Lovell who founded Jodrell Bank Observatory dies aged 98.

By David Wilkes Published: 15:16 GMT, 7 August 2012 | Updated: 07:53 GMT, 8 August 2012 Sir Bernard Lovell, celebrated physicist and radio astronomer, who invented the Lovell Radio Telescope, in 2007.

Bernard Lovell who founded Jodrell Bank Observatory dies aged 98

The Daily Galaxy - Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech. Massive Earth-like planets that have both continents and oceans may be better at harboring extraterrestrial life than those that are water-only worlds.

The Daily Galaxy - Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

A new study gives hope for the possibility that many super-Earth planets orbiting distant stars have exposed continents rather than just water-covered surfaces. Continue reading "SuperEarths with Exposed Continents Boost Chances for Extraterrestrial Life" » In 1980 and 1981 NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 space probes passed for the first time over the planet Saturn, located 1,500 million km from the Sun. Among their numerous discoveries they observed a strange, hexagon-shaped structure in the planet's uppermost clouds surrounding its north pole. Mystery over the giant cosmic explosion of 774AD, which has left absolutely no trace - except deep within the rings of two cedar trees.

By Eddie Wrenn Published: 12:10 GMT, 4 June 2012 | Updated: 16:39 GMT, 4 June 2012 The clues are in these rings: The rings capture microcosmic traces of particles in our skies - and tell us an explosion occurred It is a mystery which is truly beyond even Sherlockian scale - a cosmic explosion which left no trace behind except deep within the bark of two cedar trees.

Mystery over the giant cosmic explosion of 774AD, which has left absolutely no trace - except deep within the rings of two cedar trees

Fusa Miyake, of the Nagoya University in Japan, studied the growth rings of two trees dating back 1,200 years - and discovered that an explosion of epic proportions occurred between 774 and 775AD. But there is no record of something happening in our skies in that period - except perhaps for one tiny, obscure account by a 13th-century historian. The problem - and this is where we need to call in Mr Holmes of Baker Street - is that there should be a record. Your Age On Other Worlds. Looking at the numbers above, you'll immediately notice that you are different ages on the different planets. Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Activities With Astrology. Introduction These activities help students to understand the difference between science and pseudoscience by investigating some of astrology's claims.

Letting students have a good discussion can be very effective. We encourage you to read "Your Astrology Defense Kit" before doing these activities. Space - Astronomy and Exploration. Radio Waves from Brown Dwarf Discovered. An artist's impression of a brown dwarf similar to J1047+21. Using the radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, a team of astrophysicists from Penn State have discovered radio emissions from a brown dwarf in the constellation Leo. 33.6 light years away, this ultra-cool star, named J1047+21, is only 5 times hotter than Jupiter.

Penn State astronomers using the world’s largest radio telescope, at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have discovered flaring radio emissions from an ultra-cool star, not much warmer than the planet Jupiter, shattering the previous record for the lowest stellar temperature at which radio waves were detected.