Archive of 2016 August

27Aug2016

Backyard Scopes & Amateur Eyes See Where The “Pro’s” Can’t

Australia is lucky with weather but the United Kingdom is a terrible place to use a telescope, at least if you consider the weather. There might be one clear night a week, or worse. (more…)

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25Aug2016

Earth-Like Planet Found Orbiting the Nearest Star

A new planet discovered orbiting the closest star to Earth's solar system could have the conditions to harbour life, according to a team of international scientists. This is the breakthrough astronomers hoped for. (more…)

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23Aug2016

Pssst! Wanna Buy Land On The Moon?

Looking for that last minute gift idea? Something different for the person who has everything? What about the gift of space? It’s the latest fad and its appeal has been out of this world! (more…)

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23Aug2016

Father’s Day Special Telescope Package

This is a perfect package for the beginner or experienced Dad. See the mountains on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter and his moons, amazing nebula, stars and star clusters. (more…)

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23Aug2016

NASA Accidentally Sells Apollo 11 Lunar Sample Bag

The US government made a major blooper when it accidentally auctioned off an artefact from the Apollo 11 mission. A clerical error resulted in the sale of the bag used by Buzz and Neil to collect samples of moon rock in 1969. (more…)

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23Aug2016

Don’t Miss The Venus-Jupiter Conjunction August 27

August 27, 2016 – the sky’s two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will stage the year’s closest conjunction of two planets. These worlds appear only about 1/15th degree apart on the sky’s dome. (more…)

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22Aug2016

So Many Sky Questions

Well, as we head towards the end of yet another amazing year of sky events across Australia I thought I’d share with you some of the questions readers have asked me over the last 12 months. See how you go with the answers... (more…)

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21Aug2016

Nasa Just Made All Its Research Available Online For Free

Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free. The space agency has set up a new public web portal. (more…)

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21Aug2016

Dinosaurs Not Wiped Out By Asteroid, Research Finds

IT’S been a widely accepted theory that an asteroid caused the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But the question has always remained: how exactly did the asteroid wipe out most of life on earth? (more…)

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21Aug2016

When Did The Lights Turn On In TheUniverse?

The universe lived through a prolonged "Dark Ages" until hydrogen reionized. Now, researchers are closer to figuring out when that happened. The early universe hides behind the cloak of its Dark Ages, a period of time light can't seem to pierce. (more…)

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20Aug2016

This Mysterious Alien Like Star Refuses To Reveal Its Secrets

A mysterious star has attracted global attention since its strange properties came to light in October last year. The star showed an odd pattern of dimming that could not be explained by any known natural phenomenon. (more…)

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20Aug2016

The Ultimate Astronomy Gadget – GOTO Telescopes

Most astronomy articles on guidance have been all about apps but let's not overlook the computerized GOTO telescopes. Here we'll cover how they work and what to consider when shopping for one. (more…)

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19Aug2016

An Astronomer’s Tale – Hooligan ‘Brickie’ Turned Astronomer

For 25 years, Gary Fildes worked as a bricklayer in his native Sunderland. It was tough, he enjoyed it but something in his life was missing: ‘There was an immense feeling of satisfaction in the repetition.’ (more…)

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18Aug2016

India’s Innovative Space Shuttle Set To Slash Launch Costs

India wants to join a select band of nations that have a space shuttle program. The country’s space agency wants to launch a reusable spacecraft, potentially slashing the cost of space travel. (more…)

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18Aug2016

Ten Trillionths Of Your Suntan Comes From Beyond Our Galaxy

Lie on the beach this summer and your body will be bombarded by about sextillion photons of light per second.Most of these photons, or small packets of energy, originate from the Sun. (more…)

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18Aug2016

A New Project Aims To Preserve The Telescope That Found Pluto

Many of the telescope’s components like the drive motor and electronic components need to be tested and fixed; components like the optics, plate holders, and control knobs need to be cleaned and restored. (more…)

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