Oumuamua is still exciting people as to the possibilities of what it might be. Fortunately scientists have been looking at the collected data and have yet to identify it as an alien spaceship – only just an interstellar asteroid.
You don’t need expensive equipment to do astrophotography. A smartphone and a telescope is all you need to get some great shots that will impress your friends and family.
We have to leave our secure little rock and spread our species around the universe if we want to survive.
Where are the satellites? We hear a lot about GPS, Hubble, the ISS and a load of other satellites, but not often where they are or much about how they got there, or how they stay there.
I was watching youtubes of Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches the other day and was wondering how they manage to get all of the rocket engines firing at the same time so the rockets don’t fall over.
Everyone knows about water on Mars, but very few people could brag like I can that they have discovered Hot Chocolate on Mars!
A great reason to look up at the night sky is that you might see a supernova like the the one that Albert Jones spotted in 1987.
With the US President’s recent signing of the new US space policy it timely to catch up on how NASA is progressing with the Space Launch System
There’s been a lot of discussion about Oumuamua, with some suggesting it could be a stricken alien ship.
A description of how big the Solar System is with everyday items.
Donald Trump signed a directive to refocus US space policy on returning to the Moon then to Mars and beyond.
Imagine how many Kiwis would be inspired to study sciences if a New Zealander went to the ISS.
The rocket launch scheduled from Earth for the rest of December, if all goes well.
The stars in December as seen from Wellington New Zealand, an astrophotographer’s point of view.
Sunsets are awesome and taking the time to appreciate a good sunset seems to evaporate the stresses of the day and transports you to the surreal space between night and day. It’s little wonder that […]
The evening sky is mostly devoid of visible planetary landscapes, with the exception of Mars and Jupiter late in the morning and Uranus and Neptune throughout most of the night (which you will need a telescope to see).
The canoe of Tama Rereti sets sail in November from Aotearoa signaling to Māori navigators that it was time to start planning their journeys back to Rarohenga. Rarohenga means the domain, the rohe, beyond the Sun, Ra. Māori call that the places they cannot see beyond the curvature of Earth.
Sunlight lit up the hotel room as Gary pulled back the curtains and exclaimed, “Look at those clouds.” I laughed. Today is the one day where nobody cares about the weather. I wouldn’t mind going through a whole day without watching a weather report.
What’s the world like after a total solar eclipse? Pretty much like it was before. Even just 24 hours later, Michael said that it felt like the Moons encounter with the Sun was a week ago. Ginger got home to California and started to feel an emotional low. “It was so incredible, and now it’s hard to process everything.”
I asked Michael what he thought of his first total solar eclipse experience. I ran a planetarium for 35 years, so he put it in that perspective for me. “It was like a natural laser light show.” he began. “I barely looked through the telescope. You have to immerse yourself in everything around you; the dark sky and the 360° sunset. It made me feel truly small in this vast universe.”
They came. They came in cars, and trucks, and jeeps and RV’s, some pulling trailers and some pulling campers. They represented all ages from children to teens to adults to seniors. Across the flat plain they set up cities of nylon and aluminium and wood and plastic. Some contained aligned structures of optical glass to peer into the universe. They all arrived with dreams of seeing the most spectacular sight of nature; a total solar eclipse.