The Moon and Jupiter.

Posted in astronomy, photography by Tony C on January 9, 2011

After watching the excellent Stargazing Live (a proper series has to be in the offing) and watching their guide to taking pictures of the stars I thought I’d give it a go.  London is not the best place in the world for taking photographs of the night sky, far too much light pollution from street lights, buildings, passing traffic and depending where you are passing aircraft, but here’s a few first attempts.

The waxing crescent of the moon. 

Waxing Crescent

Jupiter.  Not a great shot but you can make out the moons.  The one top left is probably Ganymede, then Europa, Callisto is obscured by the brightness of Jupiter and just peeking out on the bottom right is Io.



World Wide Telescope

Posted in astronomy, Microsoft, World Wide Telescope by Tony C on March 4, 2008

Now and again you stumble across something that makes you go <insert superlative of choice>.   The World Wide Telescope does just that and you don’t even have to an interest in astronomy to see how genius it is.  The client will be available for download soon…

It even made Scoble cry.

Rule your own Galaxy

Posted in astronomy,, space by Tony C on July 11, 2007

OK not quiet but you could be the first person to see a particular galaxy and classify it.  Astronomers at have kicked off a project to classify galaxies captured in a digital image taken by the impressive 142-mega pixel Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope in New Mexico.  Computers apparently are rubbish at pattern matching so good old human gray matter is required to classify them as either ‘spiral’ like ours or ‘elliptical’ like…someone elses’.  The distribution of galaxy types and numbers may give some clues into how the universe was formed and even change some of the current thinking on the matter.

Oh and don’t worry there are plenty of galaxies to go around so finders keepers!