Two Astrophotos From the Spartan Observatory

The other night I finally got a chance to try a new tool out at the “dark” skies at the Spartan Observatory. Though just north of Geneva city limits, the site’s strength is the near-complete lack of glaring street lights nearby. It’s still close enough to the city, however, that I would anticipate at Bortle…

Two Views of Titan

This is Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, as seen by the Cassini Probe. Titan is a fascinating moon with a thick atmosphere and lakes of liquid methane. Cassini recently captured this image of the sun reflecting off one such lake. Though the typology is earth-like, the chemistry certainly is not! Cassini, though only a…

Saturn Bends Minds

  Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, courtesy of our wonderful space agency, comes to us from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, and it is another mind-bending perspective on our universe. Here is the APOD page with all the info…but the short story is that this is Saturn’s moon Titan, its thick atmo all aglow,…

Saturn’s Rings

I just can’t get enough of the Cassini probe photographs of the Saturn system. The thought that it might be shut down this year for budgetary reasons, with plenty of science and stunning imagery yet to beam us, is thoroughly depressing and I hope it doesn’t happen. Anyway, today’s Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD)…

Sky Glow and Aurora from Space

We must be a golden age of time-lapse photography. Digital cameras, cheap intervalometers (devices used to program the cameras to take x number of images every n seconds) and easy ways to compile the image series into a video (I use quicktime 7) means that the entry cost is quite low. Of course, doing something…

Earthrise simulation

Using newly-obtained topography data from the Lunar Reconnaisciance Orbiter, Nasa animator (stop and think for a second how cool a job that would be) Ernie Wright reconstructed the famous Earthrise scene from Apollo 8, which I wrote about here. Check out the awesome animation!