background preloader

News Blog - Mike Lynch's "Exploding" Telescope Here's a cautionary story about someone who was careful with his observing gear — and still got burned. Some of you probably know (or know of) Mike Lynch, an avid amateur astronomer who hosts frequent star parties in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He's the author of several skywatching books, writes a column for the Twin Cities' Pioneer Press, and hosts an astronomy website. You might not know that he's been a meteorologist for radio station WCCO for nearly 30 years. A week ago Lynch headed off to the radio station after observing the night before with his 14½-inch Starmaster Dobsonian. Sun-Earth Day 2012: Amateur Astronomers 2012 Observing Certificate Program For 2012, NASA and the Astronomical League are partnering to offer two observing certificates. Completion of the requirements for each certificate will qualify you to download a certificate of completion. Requirements for completion are as follows.

NewScientist Cookies on the New Scientist website close Our website uses cookies, which are small text files that are widely used in order to make websites work more effectively. To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Space NASA-engineered collision spills new Moon secrets Scientists led by Brown University are offering the first detailed explanation of the crater formed when a NASA rocket slammed into the Moon last fall and information about the composition of the lunar soil at the poles that never has been sampled. The findings are published in a set of papers in Science stemming from the successful NASA mission, called LCROSS for Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite. Peter Schultz and graduate student Brendan Hermalyn analyzed data from bits of the Moon’s surface kicked up by a NASA-engineered collision. They found unexpected complexity — and traces of silver. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University Mission control at NASA Ames sent the emptied upper stage of a rocket crashing into the Cabeus crater near the Moon’s south pole last October.

The Planetary Transit Special Award (Venus Transit) Planetary Transit Special Award Coordinator: Aaron B. Clevenson19411 Cluster Oaks Drive Humble, TX 77346-2918(281) 852-4667 E-mail: Submissions must have been received before the end of 2012. This deadline has passed. No additional submissions will be accepted. Stargazing Weather Forecast Home Login English (US), °F My Settings Canada 2005 March 28 - A Tether in Space 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. 2005 March 28 A Tether in Space Credit: TSS-1, STS-46 Crew, NASA

Constellation Hunter Program Introduction Constellation Hunter Program Chair: Cliff Mygatt P.O. Box 8607 Port Orchard, WA 98366 (360) 265-5418 E-mail: Introduction Welcome to the Astronomical League's Constellation Hunter Program. View topic - Fireball48 Sign-up and Alert Page To sign-up for the Fireball48 Network, please sign-up for The Asterisk (this very online bulletin board), come back to this page, and then click "Subscribe topic" at the bottom. Then whenever anyone posts a new Fireball48 Alert to this page, you will receive an email. You can then come back to this page, scroll down to find this latest Fireball48 alert, follow that link, and then see if you can help. To post a Fireball48 Yellow Alert, just Reply to this post on this page. Anyone signed up to the Asterisk can do it.

The Astronomical League Award Administrator John Goss 932 Lee Lane Fincastle, VA 24090 Welcome to the Dark Sky Advocate Award! This award is unlike any other. If you have wanted to do something about a topic so important to our hobby — the loss of our dark skies due to light pollution — this is a way you can help. Here lies a great opportunity for you, as your enter the Dark Sky Advocate Award, to make a positive, dramatic impact on your community that will be long lasting and far reaching.