is a free (but not open source) program that allows you to fly through
vast reaches of the universe. Along the way, you'll see some pretty amazing vistas and probably want to take screenshots
of them. It incorporates a good amount of real-world data about the solar system, exoplanets
and the universe in general with procedural generation of everything we don't know. [more inside]
is a magnitude 1.16 star in the "Piscis Austrinis" or "Southen Fish," and one of the first stars discovered with an extrasolar planet (previously
). It has been dubbed "The Eye of Sauron" after a stunning picture
taken in 2008 of its debris ring
. There was some controversy about the exoplanet, dubbed "Fomalhaut b"
though as it turns out, its orbit is stranger than expected
Haunting images of the night sky above UNESCO world heritage sites: the ruins
of the Mayan city of Tikal
and Easter Island
by astronomer Stéphane Guisard
; above Uluru
by Kwon O Chul. Much more
. [more inside]
may just be the most peaceful, beautiful 5-1/2 minutes of your entire day: An audio slideshow look at some of the winning images, guided by one of the judges, of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich's 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Interested in "giving it a go"? Here are some guides
to photographing different aspects of the night sky.
The World at Night
is a collection of astrophotography from around the world.
The images produced by today's ordinary amateur astrophotographer rival
those produced by the big observatories only a decade or two ago. (This "Two Comets
" image alone is worth a look. <-Rollover for close-ups of the comets.) You can get very good results
with far simpler
equipment, however - even with "old-fashioned FILM
". Looking for the BEST skies for astrophotography? If you aren't a weenie, you might try Dome C, Antarctica
. [more inside]
Not content to merely index all things terrestrial
, Google Earth now lets you set your sights on the sky
It's like Google Maps...for space.
Wikisky is a draggable, zoomable, web-based star map. And if you click on a star or other object, it brings up a page with all the information you could want on it, including recent articles and astrophotos that contain that object. And it does lots more. Go explore.