Category: astronomy

Google Maps and Astronomy

No, this won’t be about Google Sky or Google Mars or anything like that. This is just plain old Google Maps. I was dismayed to find that a topology map website I had used before now required your credit card…

The gorgeous radio sky

Although we all love to marvel and the wonder of those tantalizing images put out by Hubble, there is a whole other universe out there that our eyes just can’t see. A universe of supernova afterglows, black hole jets, molecular…

Seeing extrasolar planets?!?!

I would be remiss if I didn’t post this fantabulous awesome picture that just might be the first picture of an extrasolar planet around a star. The little one is the planet around the K7 star in the middle. I…

Lunar Goodness over CVille

UPDATE: Rocking great picture by Rachael from McCormick Observatory last night, on her Flickr page, with the awesome 6-inch Clark Refractor in the foreground. UPDATE Again (9/17): Rachael’s pic gets a kudos from UVa alumn, the Bad Astronomer. — I…

Seeing Black Holes

This press release came out yesterday that was SO EXCITING to me that I was bouncing up and down. In today’s Nature, astronomers write about the successful attempt to resolve the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy…

Awful Waste of a Drink

This is old, but it’s for posterity. The 2004 Socorro Summer Students present “Contact: The Drinking Game”! Take a swig any time one of these happens: We killed the “Bad Science” rule after Ellie discovers the signal, since then it…

Radio Astronomy on the Moon

So I’ve been able to sit in on a video-conference for a group that is putting out a plan for a low frequency radio telescope on the Moon. I’m just a wee student, so I observed quietly. There are a…

Wave at the Nice Astronauts!

Did you know that you can see the International Space Station with the naked eye? It’s actually quite bright! Space.com reports on some great opportunities to see the ISS from North America and Europe over the next few weeks. They…

Seeing Aurora with Radio Eyes

Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute recently wrote a very cool article about the radio signals corresponding to aurora as possible indicators of Earth-like planets. His methods of explaining the geophysical phenomena and astronomical techniques are witty and informative. He…