James Oberg's Pioneering Space From: "Space World Magazine" January 1975 issue. Editor's Introduction Twelve years ago Major Yuri Gagarin made the world's first manned space flight. Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2017 February 24 NGC 3621: Far Beyond the Local Group Image Credit & Copyright: Processing - Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari Data - Hubble Legacy Archive, European Southern Observatory, et al. Explanation: Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous blue star clusters, pinkish starforming regions, and dark dust lanes.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year : Exhibitions : What's on Take home the best of Astronomy Photographer of the Year The Royal Observatory has partnered with Collins to produce a beautiful hardback book featuring all the winning and shortlisted images from the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Order yours now from our shop. Royal Museums Greenwich Members receive 10% off items in all our shops. We also have a selection of specially commissioned merchandise featuring some of the winning images. Astronomy Photographer of the Year app Project Daedalus – Interstellar Mission Daedalus Interstellar Probe - image copyright Adrian Mann This was a thirteen member volunteer engineering design study conducted between 1973 and 1978, to demonstrate that Interstellar travel is feasible in theory. The project related to the Fermi Paradox first postulated by the Italian Physicist Enrico Fermi in the 1940s.
So It Ends for Comet ISON - Comets Well, don't say we didn't warn you. As we hoped all along wouldn't happen, Comet ISON turned into a dud not a dazzle — a speck not a spectacle — a complete, unmitigated flop in terms of any kind of visual display for the world in the December dawn sky. But it sure was exciting while it lasted, and never more so than on November 27th and 28th as it approached and then passed through perihelion while spacecraft watched. Our web traffic spiked through the roof as we posted the ever-changing news to our ISON Updates page. Real-time science is incredibly thrilling in the internet age. Especially when a scientific team as dedicated as the Comet ISON Observing Campaign makes so much effort to keep the world abreast of developments as they happen.
New Planet 2016: Complete Coverage of Proxima b’s Discovery On Aug. 24, astronomers announced they had found a possibly Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun. The planet, called Proxima b, is about 1.3 times the mass of Earth and is 4.22 light-years away. Main Story: Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever Scientists have found clear evidence of a planet around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun.
Chunks of Ice May Have Broken Off Comet ISON Although Comet ISON appears to be holding its own against the increasing solar heat as it continues its risky game of “chicken” with the sun, the large mass of ice isn’t getting away unscathed — new observations show evidence for one or more large icy chunks breaking away from ISON’s nucleus. Comet ISON: 5 Things You Should Know Earlier this month, the potential “Comet of the Century” underwent a rapid brightening event, likely caused large fissures of ice suddenly sublimating and blasting gas into space.
Astronomer Captures Enormous True-Color Photo of Night Sky Armed with a Laptop and Six Digital Cameras, an Amateur Astronomer Created a 5,000-Megapixel Panorama of the Universe from Tens of Thousands of Digital Images The Milky Way Galaxy. Image courtesy Nick Risinger.