Tagged: telescope

Stars for sale, but no, you can’t really buy an official star name to remember someone - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Brad E Tucker, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. About once a week, I receive an email like this (note that any identifying details have been removed): I was wondering if you could help me. We are coming to Canberra for 2 nights with our friends whose … Read More

Kiwis join major astronomy project underway in the Chilean mountains - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 07, 2016

By Professor Richard Easther This week, the University of Auckland (where I work) announced it is joining the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collaboration. So what is the LSST, what will it do, and why are we so excited about it?  Firstly, the LSST is, as the name suggests, a telescope. Currently under construction in the Chilean Andes, it is scheduled to see “first light” in … Read More

Southern stars: the decade ahead for Australian astronomy - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Aug 25, 2015

Stuart Wyithe, University of Melbourne Astronomy is entering an exciting new era of exploration. Extremely large optical telescopes, including the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is due to be built in Chile in 2021, will allow studies of stars and galaxies at the dawn of the universe, and will peer at planets similar to ours around distant … Read More

“Just So Science” – Eyes of the Heavens - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 15, 2011

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to present to the 100 Level Astronomy class from Victoria University using the planetarium software and datasets we use up at Carter Observatory. It was great fun writing the talk, and performing it on the fly with no tests or dry runs for the scripts, and there were … Read More

View the sun using the cross image fader - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 22, 2010

Kristian Larsen’s clever cross image fader lets you see regions of different temperatures on the sun on the WWW by moving a slider. (Source:SOHO,NASA) Sciblogs latest video shows some of the first images from astronomers’ latest ’toy’, the Hinode satellite. (Geeks can check out Nasa’s ’lite’ take on it’s technical specifications.) The satellite has … Read More