With the excitement building over Comet 2012 S1 ISON, I have prepared a free finder chart for Northern hemisphere viewers located on or near latitude 40 degrees North to assist you with looking for the comet in the lead-up to it’s close encounter with the Sun. A minimum of large binoculars will be required to […]
With NASA’s Curiosity Rover just over a week away from landing on Mars, why not step outside and find Mars (and Saturn thrown in for free!) thanks to the next two nights crescent Moon. Many people are unaware that planets can easily be seen without a telescope. The trick is knowing where to look. The […]
All going well, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover will launch at 1.02 am AEST tomorrow morning (Sunday) all going well from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (or 2.02 am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time). You will be able to watch the launch live via the Internet on NASA TV. If all goes well, the rover will arrive […]
While wandering around the Internet, I stumbled across instructions on how to make a paper 3D model of the Martian moon Phobos. Instructions and the map can be found on The Planetary Society’s blog here. From what I can tell, the map isn’t available in pdf format. You will need to copy and paste the […]
The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft (which is currently orbiting Mars) has captured a series of images showing the Martian moon Phobos passing underneath Jupiter. At the moment when Phobos appeared directly under Jupiter, there was a distance of 11,389 km between the spacecraft and Phobos. Jupiter was 529 million kilometers further away. A […]
The images can be viewed here on the ESA website.
I stumbled across the below image on the HiRISE instrument website. Launched in August 2005, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) is flying onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission. Information about HiRISE can be found here. It shows NASA’s Opportunity Rover on the surface of Mars next to the crater ‘Santa Maria’. (Text […]
I just stumbled across this picture of the small Martian moon Phobos taken by the ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft. Pictures of Phobos aren’t unusual. What impressed me with the picture was having Mars in the background. A larger version of the picture can be found here on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
NASA robotic exploration of Mars continues at full speed, with a couple of interesting discoveries announced recently. A close up image taken by NASA’s Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ (which is driving across the surface of Mars as I write this) of a meteorite which landed on Mars and which was discovered last month has just been […]
With the help of NASA, Microsoft has updated their WorldWide Telescope software to allow you to explore the planet Mars in three dimensions. According to the JPL media release, the maps are the highest resolution interactive maps available of the planet. The free WorldWide Telescope software can be downloaded here. You also have the option […]