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New satellite tracking tools - WhatSat Satellite Explorer

Have you ever wondered, what's orbiting over your head right now? A new satellite-tracking tool called WhatSat can answer that question for you. It's an app for Android phones

May 17, 2011

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Planetary triangle seen on sky this morning

Another day, another alignment of planets. "This morning, May 14th, the 'planetary triangle' created by Venus, Jupiter and Mercury adorned the eastern sky behind my nearby mosque," reports Shahrin Ahmad, who snapped this picture from his rooftop observatory of Sri

May 14, 2011

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Sundiving comet and coronal mass ejection

A comet dove into the sun on May 11th and seemed to trigger a massive eruption. Watch the movie, then scroll down for further discussion. A comet goes in; a CME comes out. Coincidence? Probably, yes, the sequence was coincidental. The comet disintegrated

May 12, 2011

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Comet hit the Sun?

A comet just discovered by amateur astronomer Sergey Shurpakov is diving past the sun today, and it will probably not survive. Click here to view a movie of the death plunge recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory--and check back for updates in the hours

May 11, 2011

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Spectacular CME, active region approaching Earth

A sunspot located just behind the sun's eastern limb erupted during the waning hours of May 9th, hurling a spectacular coronal mass ejection into space: movie. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed hot magnetic loops towering over the edge of the sun in the

May 11, 2011

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Watch tonight for Eta Aquarid meteor shower!!!

Bits and pieces of the famous Halley's Comet will light up the overnight sky in a promising meteor shower, weather permitting, skywatching experts say.The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak early tomorrow morning (May 6) and is expected to put on a

May 06, 2011

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SkyWatchers: Great Morning Planet Show!

The Great Morning Planet Show of May 2011 is underway. Every morning for the rest of this month, you can see a beautiful gathering of four planets in the eastern sky. They are Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, shown here on May 1st over Magnetic Island in east

May 03, 2011

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Asteroid impacts in Antarctica

In a controversial study, gravity maps of the Antarctic continent have revealed what could be multiple asteroid impact sites. Gravity anomalies in Antarctica might mark spots where hundreds of thousands of years ago the frozen continent was struck by giant...

May 02, 2011

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Sky watchers be ready for meteor shower from Halley's Comet on May 6th

Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights so you can observe eta Aquarid meteor shower. The eta Aquarids are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, but there's something special about them no matter...

April 28, 2011

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Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Recently lost ENVISAT still shows no signs of "life". While satellite observing community wait for some news lets take a look at breathtaking imagery of land and oceans by Envisat's optical and radar instruments. The satellite is orbiting 497 miles above the

April 24, 2011

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Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011

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February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

The giant solar flare unleashed in February was caused by five rotating sunspots working in concert, the UK's National Astronomy Meeting has heard.Images released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) clearly show the sunspots, which are centres of magnetic

April 21, 2011

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2011 Skywatching Guide: Planets in the Solar System

The planets of our solar system are at tomes some of the most rewarding and simplest skywatching targets to spot, if you know when and where to look. Here's a look at how to observe the planets of the solar system in 2011: Tip: Astronomers measure distances in...

April 19, 2011

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Milky Way through a Saharan sandstorm

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011 by Terje Sorgjerd. He has the pleasure of visiting El Teide.Spain´s highest mountain (@3715m@Canary Island) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and

April 18, 2011

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Rare sight: Mercury to meet Mars at dawn on Tuesday

Skywatchers set your alarm clocks: On Tuesday morning (April 19), Mercury will appear to have a close encounter with Mars. In reality, the two planets will actually be separated by about 161 million miles (259 million kilometers), but in Earth’s sky they will...

April 18, 2011

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Heating up of solar storms season

Sun woke up after three years of sleep. Several powerful solar flares occurred in recent months, with a February 14 blast as the strongest and  the most powerful outburst in more than four years. Considering surface of Sun dotted with sunspots and recent activity,

April 17, 2011

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Lyrids meteor shower

After 3,5 months of weak meteor activity, the Earth enters the drawn-out dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Most years in April there are no more than 5 to 20 meteors per hour during the shower's peak. But sometimes, when Earth glides through an unusually dense

April 16, 2011