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Astronomy Day Celebration Via Slooh
2012-10-19 07:14:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomy Day is taking place on Saturday, and one organization will be broadcasting live celestial programming to celebrate. Slooh will be offering up 11 hours of free broadcasting of the cosmos, focusing on a particular topic or various celestial objects. The organization said that Paul Cox will be hosting the 11-hour live extravaganza, accompanied by several guests like Bob Berman. The broadcast will start by telling the story...

Google+ Virtual Star Party Brings Astronomers Together
2012-07-07 06:35:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers across the globe have been taking advantage of Google+ Hangouts, conducting virtual star parties with fellow night-dwellers, and their efforts were documented by Google and shown off at the Google I/O conference on June 27, 2012. Nearly 7,000 people joined in during a special 6-hour Google+ Virtual Star Party for the Transit of Venus, which included multiple telescope views and images from around the world. The...

2012-03-17 23:01:23

AstroPodcast - a new astronomy podcast launches with a world famous guest as the first interviewee. Coonabarabran, Australia (PRWEB) March 17, 2012 Today saw the official launch of the newest astronomy podcast - AstroPodcast. Local resident of Coonabarabran and keen amateur astronomer Allison Reynolds started the podcast to highlight the human side of astronomy. "I am a big believer that getting to know that scientists are just people like anyone else will encourage more people into...

2012-03-05 14:25:00

New version of Distant Suns Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone contains listings of astronomical events direct from the NASA's Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, up to 100% improvement in display performance, and improved imagery of its realistic displays of the night sky. Distant Suns is available for iOS devices, including the new iPad3. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2012 First Light Design ([Distant Suns), today announced release of version 3.3 of its...

2011-11-28 13:05:00

Southern Stars app sale boosts AWB's global astronomy education and public outreach efforts. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 28, 2011 Southern Stars Group, LLC, makers of the award-winning SkySafari astronomy apps, announced a major endorsement by Astronomers Without Borders, a global non-profit organization promoting better international relations through shared interest in astronomy and space exploration. Coinciding with the endorsement, Southern Stars has launched a two-week promotion...

Image 1 - Amateur Skywatchers Help Space Hazards Team
2011-10-12 09:19:01

For the first time, observations coordinated by ESA's space hazards team have found an asteroid that comes close enough to Earth to pose an impact threat. The space rock was found by amateur astronomers, highlighting the value of 'crowd-sourcing' to science and planetary defense. The discovery of asteroid 2011 SF108 was made by the volunteer Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey (TOTAS) team during an observation slot sponsored by ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program in...

astronomy
2011-09-03 06:13:20

  In his new book, ℠Deep-Sky Companions: The Secret Deep,´ Stephen James O'Meara presents 109 new objects for stargazers to observe. The Secret Deep contains many exceptional objects, including a planetary nebula whose last thermal pulse produced a circumstellar shell similar to the one expected in the final days of our Sun's life; a piece of the only supernova remnant known visible to the unaided eye; the flattest galaxy known; the largest edge-on galaxy in the heavens;...

2011-03-31 00:00:30

Many amateur astronomers point their Orion telescopes towards the International Space Station every night. Earlier this month, British astronomer Martin Lewis took numerous images of the International Space Station using his home made telescope and a web cam. He happened to photograph astronaut Steve Bowen who was out on a spacewalk at the time. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 30, 2011 Backyard astronomers have been fascinated with capturing images of the International Space Station (ISS) for years....

2011-03-09 00:00:29

Good astronomy equipment is more accessible and more affordable than ever. As such, the interest in astrophotography has spiked in recent years. Getting started in astrophotography is appealing to a lot of people, but most of them have no clue what this hobby entails. To remedy this problem, Buy-Telescope.com has just released a free ebook titled "An Introduction to Astrophotography" which will get any astronomy nut started on the right track. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 08, 2011 Good astronomy...

2010-12-20 05:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In an on going mission to provide a live view of the universe, Slooh, the online Space Camera, will deliver a live feed of tonight's total lunar eclipse through Sky in Google Earth. This will be the first total lunar eclipse in three years and will be an especially rare event, as the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth on the winter solstice, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Stargazers all over the world are invited...


Latest Amateur astronomy Reference Libraries

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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

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2009-04-28 11:47:36

The Reverend Thomas William Webb (December 14, 1807 "“ May 19, 1885) was a British astronomer and faithful clergyman. The lone son of a clergyman, the Rev. John Webb was raised and educated by his father in absence of his mother who died in Webb's early childhood. He travelled to Oxford to attend Magdalen College. Soon after, he was ordained a minister by the Anglican Church in 1829. In 1843, he married Henrietta Montague. Mrs. Webb died on September 7, 1884. Webb followed shortly...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Amateur Astronomy -- Amateur astronomy, also called backyard astronomy, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky (and the day sky too, for sunspots, eclipses, etc.), and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars. Even though scientific research is not their main goal, many amateur astronomers make a contribution to astronomy by monitoring variable stars, tracking asteroids and discovering transient objects, such as comets. Such...

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Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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