Flickr Lessons

We have been big fans of Flickr, the user-generated photography website which launched in February 2004. This pioneering social web site rewards interaction and offers access to Creative Commons-licensed images. There are some gripes, but on the whole, Flickr is our old-school social web darling. April 2018 news – Flickr has been acquired by Smugmug …

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 …

Stars

Photo: NASA Marshall, Ancient Globular Stellar Cluster Star = An object in the sky that sends out its own light, generated by nuclear reactions in its center. Headlines astronomers-glimpse-signposts-of-universe-rsquo-s-first-stars Planeta.com Astronomy Matariki Sun

Matariki

Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand celebration. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2018 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New Zealand …