Google Sky Map (Android application)

Posted on 05/27/2013 09:27:51 PM

In this review, Google Sky Map.   Sky Map turns your Android-powered device into a window on the night sky. Google Sky Map POINT OF VIEW ARTIFACT REVIEW PERSONA Victor Dimitry -  “Timing is everything.” Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net ...

Infinity: The Scientific Way of Saying that We Don’t Have a Clue

Posted on 02/16/2013 04:35:34 AM

The universe is increasingly expanding. That is at least what physicists proclaim and I am in no position to doubt their knowledge about the subject. However, speaking in terms of a universe that is “expanding” creates the opportunity for a huge amount of harmful misconceptions to get summoned. ...

Reliving Armageddon?

Posted on 12/12/2012 01:41:47 PM

Guys do you remember the movie, Armageddon? The American fiction movie that is about a huge asteroid discovered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), approaching the earth and they have to send out Bruce Willis (played Harry) and his drilling team to go fix ...

Panspermia: It Just Sounds Dirty

Posted on 12/06/2012 09:29:40 AM

Question: What is Panspermia?   Background: Perhaps the dirtiest sounding word we here at the Commonwealth of Obscurea (CO) have ever heard a scientist use is "Panspermia."  It sounds like some kind of Roman orgy, possibly involving a goat.  What is is really? So What's the Answer: Panspermia ...

NASA Launches New APP Today: Space 365

Posted on 09/01/2012 03:10:46 PM

Blynkster is the best place to discover new apps, below is an article presented recently. NASA released its new ‘Space 365′ App today at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space 365 offers quick access to NASA events and quirky trivia facts that happened each day of the year. More than ...

Send Your Message Into Deep Space!

Posted on 08/23/2012 11:20:48 PM

Wanna send a message into deep space? Well here's your shot. On August, 15 , 1977 American astronomer Jerry R. Ehman got the shock of his career when he discovered a strange narrowband radio signal using Ohio State University's Big Ear radio observatory. Ehman noticed and unusual ...

Can I name a star ?

Posted on 03/24/2012 09:08:36 PM

Can I name a Star ? Step outside on a clear evening, and you will be able to see a sky full of faint twinkling stars. The stars have been a great source of mystery, curiosity and awe since man first became aware of his surroundings. Many poems and literary pieces have been written about the stars, and ...

Image calibration

Posted on 02/21/2012 10:12:17 AM

To calibrate an image we have to take dark and flat frames.Dark frames are frames taken with the scope covered so that only contain information noise.As the noise is random it is necessary to take many dark frames and average them to obtain a master dark frame.Dark frame calibration process ...

Focusing

Posted on 02/18/2012 03:19:54 PM

Sharp focus is critical to get good pictures. I use an electric focuser because it adjust focus without introducing vibrations. To fully determine the exact point where the image is focused I use a Hartmann mask with four triangles, because diffraction peaks generated greatly facilitate the determination ...

Observation conditions

Posted on 01/27/2012 07:54:26 PM

For Astrophotography we should have a clear dark sky with good seeing, good transparency and no light pollution. Unfortunately, lack of regulations against light pollution makes it significant in most cities, so on humid nights transparency drops easily.Negative effects of low transparency are two: in ...



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