Category Archives: Astronomy

Astronomy and astronomical observations.

Enceladus Seen From Orbit

The Cassini spacecraft took some absolutely stunning photographs of Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon, on January 31.  I’ve been busy, and just got around to looking at them today.

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13.2 Billion Years Into the Past…

Today NASA released a video taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows the most distant galaxy that the human race has ever discovered.   Since, in astronomy, space=time, this video also peers 13.2 billion years into the past….

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Stunning Photos of Mars Moon Phobos!

The European Space Agency (@esa) has posted photographs of Phobos (one of the two moons that orbit Mars)  taken by their Mars Express orbiter during a recent flyby.  They’re stunning — don’t miss them!

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How to Weigh a Black Hole

Astronomers have managed to weigh the massive black hole at the center of M87, one of the galaxies in our local cluster, and have found that it has swallowed approximately 6.6 billion suns.  A team headed by Karl Gebhardt at … Continue reading

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Why astronomy is *cool*….

Earth-based (or earth-orbit-based) exploration of the universe using telescopes is the oldest and farthest-reaching of mankind’s attempts to learn about our universe. I also find it one of the most fascinating. This is why. Any observation of the universe that … Continue reading

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