Optical Telescopes Part I

The beginning of modern astronomy is often linked to Galileo building his first telescope in 1609 — roughly 400 years ago! While he was not the first person to use a telescope, Galileo made many fascinating discoveries, ultimately revealing that … Continue reading

Microsoft’s Free Astronomy Software

http://live.pirillo.com – Even if you’re not really “in to” Astronomy, you really have to check this out. The things you will see are just amazing. Go ahead… I dare you. Open your eyes, broaden your horizons. You never know what’s … Continue reading

NOVA Short | Founders of Modern Astronomy | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/nova/telescope William Herschel often gets the credit, but his sister Caroline was also a pioneer astronomer. For more, watch NOVA’s Hunting the Edge of Space airing April 6 and 13 on PBS. http://www.pbs.org/nova/telescope Hunting the Edge of Space produced for … Continue reading

Astronomy for Amateurs

http://lgno.me/cJmip0 – http://lgno.me/aNiqPm – During our open mic session at the last Gnomedex, my good friend Derek Miller came up on stage to show off some backyard Astronomy that his Dad has done. Derek reminds us all that you don’t … Continue reading

Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical

A singing NASA supervisor uses song to explain about NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and how infrared astronomy differs from visible-light telescopes like Hubble. Starring Danny Tieger (“My Universe Revolves Around You”), Buffy Henshaw (“Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide”), and … Continue reading

Hubble Space Telescope Directly Observes Exoplanet

Hubblecast 22: Hubble Space Telescope Directly Observes Exoplanet Orbiting Fomalhaut. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered an extrasolar planet, for the first time using direct visible-light imaging. The strange world is far-flung from its parent star, is surrounded by … Continue reading

Bad Astronomy: Hubble’s Hotties

Reissued in HD. Bad Astronomer Phil Plait explores his favorite images from the early days of Hubble. Visit Phil on http://www.badastronomy.com. His amazing book “Death from the Skies” is now available in paperback via Amazon.com. Duration : 0:5:7 … Continue reading

Up Close Footage of the Moon 9/8/08 – Nexstar 8 Telescope

How often do you get to see the moon this close up?? This is some footage I got last night, 9/8/08 of the moon. My Nexstar 8 telescope was magnifying the moon 120x, allowing the craters of the Northeastern and … Continue reading

VISTA – The World’s Most Powerful Survey Telescope

ESOcast 12: VISTA – A Pioneering New Survey Telescope Starts Work. VISTA (the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) is a new telescope that has just started work at ESOs Paranal Observatory in Chile and has made its first … Continue reading

Astronomy Telescopes: Through the Years

The astronomy telescopes are the first tools to grace the hands of astronomers even before there were spaceships, rockets, and astronauts to expose and study the universe. Telescopes were instrumental to the discovery of the different heavenly bodies during the … Continue reading