Telescopes

Comet PANSTARRS

* Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) in Cetus * Photo By Humayun Qureshi. Taken from Canberra. Astronomers discovered Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) on June 7, 2011. In early February, the comet reached its southernmost point, but by the end of May it will lie near Polaris (Alpha [α] Ursae Minoris). Comet watchers should target February 21 …

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Hubble Finds the Oldest Star (as of March 2013)

This is a Digitized Sky Survey image of the oldest star with a well-determined age in our galaxy. The aging star, cataloged as HD 140283, lies 190.1 light-years away. The Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) UK Schmidt telescope photographed the star in blue light. Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO A team of astronomers using NASA’s …

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Square Kilometre Array (SKA) may go to South Africa but is it really the best site?

By Estelle Asmodelle Recent reports on the selection of the site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) have suggested that South Africa offers the best site and a panel of advisors recommended the SA site over Australia. The argument was put that the SA site was cheaper for construction, yet Australia had lower insurance fees, and primarily …

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THE TRANSIT OF VENUS and also the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

By Estelle Asmodelle The transit of Venus is happening 5th-6th June 2012. There are plenty of Astronomical Societies who are holding ‘transit parties,’ including two that I do presentations to: The first one, here is a page from the Newcastle Astronomical Society with their ‘transit party’ and they had ABC radio there as well: http://www.nas.org.au/HTML%20Pages/venus_transit_event_2004.htm …

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Exoplanets & Kepler

If you are interested in Exoplanets – then there are TWO good PDFs for free download from Nature this week – they are both must read documents: Exoplanets on the cheap The search for planets outside our Solar System will always be pricey. But creative solutions are proving that it no longer has to break …

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