Category Archives: astronomy

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have a nice mix of photos and a video today. First, reader Rick Longworth struck up a friendship with an African owl. His notes: A few years ago my wife and I did a flying vacation (rented Cessna)  across South Africa.  We encountered dozens of species, mostly in parks and preserves. We stayed for […]

Today’s “super blue blood moon”: Readers’ photos and videos

When I walked to work this morning, I had my eyes fixed on the moon, which was right before me as I headed west. I knew that there was an eclipse of the moon, and it was taking place when I was commuting on foot; but I didn’t see a red moon or anything, though […]

Send me your lunar eclipse pictures!

There’s a total lunar eclipse tonight that will produce a reddish “blood moon”. Any readers who take photos of this event, please email them to me. It would be cool to feature them tomorrow morning. Thanks, The management

Reader’s cosmos photo

Tim Anderson from Oz sent another galaxy picture, and here it is, with his notes indented: I don’t know if you want another image of the Orion Nebula, but here it is. This one was taken using a monochrome camera, 80 images in each of the red, green and blue channels, plus another 80 in […]

A holiday nebula

Reader Tim Anderson sent a lovely astronomy photo with holiday-appropriate colors. His notes: ‘Tis the season to be observing the Great Orion Nebula. This photograph comprises 30 images each of 60 seconds, taken with a 126mm refracting telescope and a colour astronomical camera, stacked and enhanced to display the gas clouds.

A grand cosmological event: the collision of two neutron stars pumps up the physics community

Well, this astronomy/physics news is just in, and of course it’s above my pay grade, but at least I can refer you to articles in both the New York Times and CNN about a new discovery: the collision of two neutron stars, emitting both electromagnetic and gravity waves. The collision was detected in August, but […]

Cassini reveals Saturn’s kittens

by Matthew Cobb The Cassini probe may have plummeted into Saturn’s gassy depths, becoming part of the planet it had observed so long, but it still keeps giving science. As Rae Paoletta noted on Inverse a couple of days ago, Cassini’s data reveal the presence of kittens in the F ring of Saturn. Sadly these […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is Potpourri Day, assembling the photos from readers who sent only one or two. The first is by reader Tim Anderson from Oz (all readers’ notes indented): This is a picture of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (the nebula is identified as NGC2070). The picture comprises sixty images each of red, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a variety of photos today, with readers’ notes indented. The first is from Michael Glenister: I took my kids to Ottawa last month, and when we visited the Mackenzie King estate we spotted some Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (Calopteryx maculata) by a creek.  Until we got close enough, we weren’t sure whether they were an […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we begin with some photos by Stephan Barnard, who’s been absent from this page for a while. His notes are indented: The first is of a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), not unlike some others I’ve sent. The second is a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), a photo that would otherwise be unremarkable except that it’s […]