Great astrophotographies – January 2011

With some late – again – I would like to propose you my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, here is my selection of the best pictures of last month. Today’s picture :

Sometimes it looks like the Sun is being viewed through a large lens. In this case, however, there are actually millions of lenses: ice crystals. As water freezes in the upper atmosphere, small, flat, six-sided, ice crystals might be formed.

I am absolutely still amazed at how many splendors can be seen at night (and day). I just hope we may find a way to make our nights darker so more people can see them.

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Great astrophotographies – December 2010

With some late I would like to propose you my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, here is my selection of the best pictures of last month. Today’s picture :

” A big, bright, beautiful Full Moon slid into planet Earth’s shadow early Tuesday morning. Remarkably, the total lunar eclipse coincided with the date of the December Solstice. “

I am absolutely still amazed at how many splendors can be seen at night. I just hope we may find a way to make our nights darker so more people can see them.

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Great astrophotographies – September 2010

I love both Impressionism and beautiful astronomy pictures. So, when the NASA features Starry night over the Rhone, by Vincent van Gogh I only can write about it. As the NASA puts it :

How can the majesty of the night sky best be captured in a painting? This was a continual challenge for Vincent van Gogh, a famous painter in the late 1800s who pioneered stirring depictions of star filled skies into several of his works.

Pictured above is van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, where the French town of Arles is depicted complete with gas lights reflecting off the Rhone river.

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Great astrophotographies – January 2010

When I was at the Dublin Institute of Technology to complete my Bachelor of Arts in International Business and languages I learned an English expression about rare events : “Once in a blue moon. ”

It seems that this expression has an astronomical origin as it is the second full moon in the same calendar month, an event that occurs every two years and a half or so.

The latest blue moon took place December 31st 2009, thus ending the International Year of Astronomy in a beautiful way.

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40 years ago…

apollo-program-man-on-the-moon-USA40 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. I mention this as I always have been attracted by space conquest, the Apollo program and so on.

Nowadays, the US government is thinking about what should follow and is wondering where we should go first, back to the Moon, or straight to our neighboring planet ?

As a teen I was reading about the future Mars program and how we would go there by 2035. This is what Aldrin and Collins are now advocating. But it seems we may have to wait until 2050.

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