If you registered to get your name sent up with NASA’s LRO and/or Kepler missions, here are the links to the photos: LRO chip with 1.6 million names on it LRO launch Kepler DVD with 60,000 names on it Kepler launch
Category Archives: Space & Astronomy
Twisst – a cool service that tweets you when the International Space Station will be passing you overhead, based on the location information on your Twitter account bio. As the ISS is naked-eye visible as a moving bright light in the night sky, and can be tracked by binoculars, popping outside to watch it transit […]
7Timer! makes Apanel (Astroweather Panel) available online – a cloud cover and seeing predictor for locations around the globe. The following is the predicted seeing for the next couple of days in Wellington, NZ using the site:
A copy of the Sun Earth Day web cast (March 20) is available from NASA’s Sun Earth Day site if you missed it.
I caught the Kepler launch (March 6) live on a satellite news channel – the kids were interested to track the progress of their names making their way into space along with it. You can catch the launch here on NASAtelevion at youtube .
NASA’s Glory mission seems to be still taking submissions for sending your name on board the satellite that will orbit the earth: http://polls.nasa.gov/utilities/sendtospace/jsp/sendName.jsp
Phoenix Astronomical Society Southern Sky Watch Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (See the “What’s in the Sky” section on the left)
As a stumbling amateur “stacking assisted” astrophotographer, I’ve looked to a number of sites online for guidance. And whilst I’ve used a few software packages, I’ve settled on having to get across IRIS and so most of the sites I come across are slanted in that direction. The following is primarily a list of sites that I’ve found […]
Microsoft Research have produced a cool tool called WorldWide Telescope. If astronomy is remotely of interest, take a look at www.worldwidetelescope.org . I’ve hooked my laptop up to the TV and taken my daughter on some of the tours that people have created. If you have a guided scope, it also supports ASCOM for slewing to […]
Check Stardust@Home http://stardustathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/about.php where you can help find the interstellar dust particles returned with the Stardust spacecraft. It could be a bit “above-and-beyond” undertaking this activity in order to name it after your kids… but if you’ve enjoyed sending your name into space etc, donating a little bit of your time could be a nice way to put something small back. […]