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Solar Observing Online

Posted in amateur astronomy, astro blogs, astronomy eduction, observing, software, space, Student Astronomy, sun, urban skies with tags , , , on April 19, 2010 by bellaireastro

The sun will become more and more active as it the 11-year solar cycle swings from the slow and quiet to the loud and wild. You can follow along using some online solar observing tools. SOHO is still my favorite but Big Bear offers some excellent ground based views and the newer STEREO spacecraft has 3-D views and its own iPhone app!

Check em out…


Wired’s Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009

Posted in software, space, stellar astronomy with tags , , on August 20, 2009 by bellaireastro

I have found videos to be some of the best ways to get ideas across in terms of visualizing data or complex ideas. Wired published the best Science Visualizations Videos of 2009 and some are very very cool.My favorite is the explosion of type Ia supernova. Dang…. awesome stuff!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

LookUP is neat astronomy data tool

Posted in observing, software, space, Student Astronomy, urban skies with tags on June 8, 2009 by bellaireastro

LookUP is a fantastic service from operated by Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, The University of Manchester and is offered free.

You can find out astronomical details on things in the night sky using a very cool and simple interface.

You get a mash-up of available data sources on the item you look up. There is even an image supplied by WikiSky.

Check out the entry on Saturn.


Intro Astro Videos

Posted in galactic astronomy, podcasts, software, space, stellar astronomy, Student Astronomy with tags , , on June 3, 2009 by bellaireastro

I haven’t posted in a long time. The end of school has occupied a lot of time. Look for more posts though as the summer progresses.

One of my Twitter friends told me about these cool introductory astronomy videos.

This one features lots of thrown balls to demonstrate the discrete energy levels in an atom.

Portal to the Universe – All the astro news in one place

Posted in astro blogs, IYA, podcasts, robotic astronomy, software, space on May 2, 2009 by bellaireastro

Part of the IYA2009 mission was to create a single website where you can find all the astronomy news and information that is around the web.

There are blogs and podcasts and news and videos and mission photos and a lot more.

Check out the Portal To The Universe

Portal to the Universe

WorldWide Telescope Puts the Night Sky in Your Browser

Posted in observing, robotic astronomy, software, space, stellar astronomy with tags , , on March 19, 2009 by bellaireastro

From Lifehacker: WorldWide Telescope Puts the Night Sky in Your Browser.

Over at Lifehacker, I saw a post about the new Microsoft World Wide Telescope Web Client. Microsoft created a pretty darn cool Windows-only desktop version of World Wide Telescope and now they have created a Silverlight-based web-application that should run in any browser if the computer has the Microsoft Silverlight framework installed.

Give it a try. It’s pretty neat.