The Calgary Centre of the RASC has produced 3 great articles about the purchasing equipment for the purpose of looking at the stars. These tips are great for the beginner as they explain the different types of telescopes and binoculars and what to look for, as well as an article about what you can (and can’t) expect to see when you peer into the heavens with your new scope. Check out these articles for a lot of great information! Choosing and Using Binoculars in Astronomy Choosing and Using a Telescope What Will Your New Telescope Show You?
Clear Sky Clock
- Nebulae in AurigaeRich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient
- In the Center of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3521This huge swirling mass of stars, gas, and dust occurs near the center of a nearby spiral galaxy.
- Dark Sand Cascades on MarsThey might look like trees on Mars, but they're not.
- Rosetta and Comet OutboundRosetta and Comet Outbound
- Nebulae in Aurigae
- Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV December 1, 2015The past few years, Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler spacecraft science team has put together some terrific orrery-type visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. An orrery, as you probably know, is a a mechanical model of a solar system, and the metal or plastic ones available these days usually show […]Nancy Atkinson
- Enceladus, the Jet-Powered Water World December 1, 2015I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing pictures of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, with those captivating water jets and plumes at its South Pole. And this new images from the Cassini mission is just stunning – and intriguing. Carolyn Porco, the Cassini imaging team lead described the image on Twitter: “Be moved by crescent Enceladus […]Nancy Atkinson
- Orion Gets Beefed Up, Silver-Metallic Thermal Protection Coating for Next Flight on EM-1 November 30, 2015In the wake of NASA’s supremely successful inaugural test flight of the Orion deep space capsule on the EFT-1 mission in Dec. 2014, NASA is beefing up the critical thermal protection system (TPS) that will protect astronauts from the searing heats experienced during reentry as the human rated vehicle plunges through the Earth’s atmosphere after […]Ken Kremer
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 395: The Standard Model – Baryons and Beyond November 30, 2015In the last few episodes, we’ve been talking about the standard model of physics, explaining what everything is made up of. But the reality is that we probably don’t know a fraction of how everything is put together. This week we’re going to talk about baryons, the particles made up of quarks. The most famous […]Fraser Cain
- Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter November 27, 2015I’m losing mine, but the Solar System may be way hairier than we ever thought, with thick crops of filamentary dark matter streaming through Earth’s core and back out again even as you read this. (...)Read the rest of Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter (823 words) © Bob King for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | […]Bob King
- Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV December 1, 2015