NASA's Kepler telescope, whose mission is to detect Earth-sized planets in Earth-like orbits around Sun-like stars in other solar systems, recently removed the dust cover over its CCD camera. Go here for a movie of how this is done. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Earth is currently passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Thatcher as it orbits the sun, are the resulting (Lyrid) meteor shower should peak tomorrow morning before dawn
with 10-20 meteors per hour crashing through the northern hemisphere. For full coverage, go here. And don't forget the Moon occulting Venus tomorrow morning around 5 AM. Go here for more information, and hope for clear skies!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Next Wednesday, Venus will disappear from the sky! Well, for a short time anyway. Because the Moon will be blocking it from view. At the same time, the Lyrid meteor shower - one of the most active meteor showers of the year - will also be going on. Should be a fun time to be observing the sky. Go here for more information, and clear skies!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If you are interested in what life as an astronaut is like, as well as how preparations for the fifth and final Hubble servicing mission is going, check out the Twitter of Mike Massimino (username is Astro_Mike or @Astro_Mike, or just go here). Enjoy!
Jupiter is actually an extremely bright radio source, and NASA has a pretty impressive program that lets you build your own radio telescope and observe Jupiter for yourself - and other sources as well I imagine. Go here for more information. Enjoy!
I'm really sorry for the lack of posts over the last 3 weeks, but I recently attended an Astronomy conference and only returned late last week. I'm back, and hope to resume posting on a more regular basis. Thank you very much for your patience.
Posted by You'd Prefer an Astronaut at 9:10 AM