January 2014 Grampians (Victoria) fire imaged from space by NASA Landsat 8 satellite

January 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Posted 24 January 2014 NASA’s Earth Observatory website now contains images of the Grampians National Park bush fire which occurred earlier this month. The images were captured by the Landsat 8 satellite. It is only with images taken from space that you can gain a true appreciation of the size of the fire. […]

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Congratulations NASA… Curiosity lands safely!

August 6, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Like many other people around the world, I was watching as NASA TV covered the successful landing by the Curiosity rover inside Gale crater. And like many other people, I didn’t believe that such a complicated landing procedure could work. Wow! This may be only the start of Curiosity’s mission to explore Mars but what […]

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Get ready for NASA’s Curiosity rover landing on Australia??

August 5, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Before you scratch your head and move onto another post, I do know the difference between Mars and the continent of Australia! However, for all the Australians reading this post, NASA’s Curiosity rovers landing location has two links to Australia. Firstly, Curiosity will be landing inside Gale crater assuming all goes well. This […]

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Take an image using (free) NASA robotic telescopes

January 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

If you are covering the ‘Space Sciences’ component of the Australian Curriculum (Science) this term, why not get your students to take their own photograph of a celestial object (such as the Moon or a galaxy) using a robotic telescope? You don’t need any technical knowledge of how to use the telescope (it […]

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Watch Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover launch live via NASA TV tomorrow morning

November 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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Watch live webcast of launch of new crew to International Space Station

November 13, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Don’t forget to watch (via NASA TV) as the next crew launches (using a Russian Soyuz rocket) to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. At the time of writing, the launch is scheduled to occur at (pick your time zone): 2.14 pm Monday 14 November Australian Eastern Standard Time […]

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International Space Station now visible in (Australian) evening twilight skies

October 1, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The International Space Station is now visible in the evening twilight sky for Australian observers. If you haven’t seen a satellite pass overhead, the International Space Station is the one to go out and look for. It is easily visible to the unaided eye and depending on viewing circumstances, can appear (briefly) almost […]

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It’s official: UARS re-entered over Pacific Ocean Saturday

September 28, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The re-entry point of NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) has finally been confirmed as being the Pacific Ocean. Re-entry time was 2 pm AEST on Saturday 24 September 2011. From NASA’s UARS website: ‘NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth at 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT), as Friday, Sept. 23, […]

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30% chance of ‘severe’ Aurora Australis / Aurora Borealis in next 48 hours

September 25, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

According to Spaceweather.com there is 30% chance of a ‘severe’ Aurora Australis / Aurora Borealis occurring in the next 48 hours. For Southern Australian observers, the most likely time that we will see one is Monday night (26 September 2011) according to the Australian IPS Radio and Space Services website. To have the best chance of […]

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Reports from Canada that UARS debris landed there

September 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Via Twitter: UARS_Reentry UARS Reentry RT @SpaceTrails: Confirmed debris falling over okotoks, Alberta. Canada.#UARS

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