Data Release #2 from Gaia

Image: #GaiaMission Launched in 2013 to chart the sky to unprecedented accuracy, the Gaia spacecraft has obtained more than one trillion individual observations so far. Observing each star repeatedly, Gaia can measure its parallax = the apparent motion on the sky which is really caused by Earth (or in this case the satellite) orbiting the …

Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day is a world-wide event observed each spring and fall. 2018 dates for Astronomy Day are April 21 and October 13. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our universe. Key Links Astronomical League Latest Astronomy …

International Dark Sky Week 2018

International Dark Sky Week takes place April 15-21. Hashtag: #idsw2018 Key Links http://www.darksky.org http://www.darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2018 https://www.facebook.com/IDAdarksky https://twitter.com/IDADarkSky Tweets by IDADarkSky Twitter Moment https://twitter.com/i/moments/985891301919883265‬ History International Dark Sky Week was created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow and the event has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each …

Astronomy

Photo: Martin Heigan, Great Nebula of Orion Astronomy = the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.   Headlines SKA precursor telescope MeerKAT inaugurated in South Africa http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/07/Every_point_is_a_galaxy Wiki Astronomy Planeta.com Science Eclipse Stars Solar System Astronomy Day