The price of access to space is changing and this combined with rise of CubeSats and more powerful sensors that can do more for less cost, in both money and weight, is opening up a lot of options that have not been available before.
This article looks at the events that led to the creation of NASA from the context of exploring the role of a national space agency.
This video shows how to find the open cluster, M41, in Canis Major. Visible to both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
and what can we do about it?
We’ve been really enjoying observing 47 Tucanae lately, so here’s a short video to help you find this wonderful globular cluster.
The market for low cost access to space is heating up. This article looks at the aerospike engine and how that might influence low cost space launches.
The short video will show how o find the globular cluster NGC 4833
This is a short video on how to find Omega Centauri.
A commentary on how science is being combated by the crazy ideas that are allowed to be given media attention an how we might encourage society to get back to understanding scientific method and applying it.
Here’s a video to show how to find Eta Carinae Nebula.
The next week is going to be overshadowed by the Moon a bit so it’s the perfect opportunity to do some Moon observing. There’s also a good chance to spot some interesting globular clusters.
There are a lot of stars in the night sky, billions and billions of them. We can see about 4000 to 6000 in a clear night depending on how dark the sky is and also […]
Mars and Antarctica have a lot of similarities when it comes to the difficulties that both places have for human settlement. This article looks at how we occupied Antarctica and what we might learn from that when it comes to sending humans to Mars.
Lagrangian points can be considered gateways to the rest of the Solar System, and why not the gas stations of the future.
This is the next iteration in showing how astrophotography can be for everyone. This time we demonstrate what we photographed with an iPhone.
Milky-Way.kiwi did some public outreach in the weekend with some sidewalk astronomy to show people the Sun through our solar telescope.
If you put something into space then you have to think about what happens to it in the future so that it doesn’t cause problems for anyone else, either in space or on Earth. A […]
In this article we consider what might happen to a Martian government in the event of a critical resupply not happening or a major disaster occurring or the discovery of life.
Next week, Mars and Jupiter are better positioned in the early morning, before dawn, to get some good views and it might be the last chance to see Mercury for a while. With the moon taking a break the opportunity exists for some great views of some of the more fainter objects.
I’ve been arguing that the Zodiacal Band is humankind’s first useful calendar. Like any calendar, it predicts the future. So for instance, when the Sun is in Sagittarius we cannot see Sagittarius.
In this article we explore some of things that you need to think about if you want to take pictures of the night sky.