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  • April 2014 night sky events calendar
    April 2014 Night Sky Calendar Events

    The April 2014 night sky and what you can see. Highlights and dates for backyard astronomers and skywatchers.

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  • Earth Day 2014 #GlobalSelfie
    Earth Day 2014 #GlobalSelfie
    Earth Day 2014 #GlobalSelfie NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event. The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet...
  • Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!
    Holy $#*! Kepler Discovers First Earth Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!
    Kepler Discovers First Earth Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone! Definitely a holy $#*! moment for scientists and space enthusiasts everywhere. The Kepler space telescope has found the very first Earth sized exoplanet in a habitable zone, aka “Goldilocks” zone. This newly discovered rocky world resides at a distance from its Sun, not to cold...
  • Saturn
    Saturn and The Moon Hang Out In The Late Evening Sky
    How to see Saturn and the Moon hanging out in tonight’s sky late evening sky The mighty ringed planet Saturn is making its way into our evening sky rising a little bit earlier each night. By summer time, it will be the jewel in the sky for skywatchers and amateur astronomers. You can catch a...
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Photos of April 15th 2014
    Total Lunar Eclipse Photos of April 15th 2014
    Total Lunar Eclipse Photos of April 15th 2014 The total lunar eclipse took place in the early morning hours of April 15th with mid-totality occurring at 3:46am EDT. While some parts of the world were under clouds other skywatchers were treated to a spectacular cosmic event in the night sky above, with the moon turning...
  • Possible New Moon Forming Around Saturn
    New Saturn Moon Is Possibly Forming Around Planet
    New Saturn Moon Is Possibly Forming Around Planet April 14, 2014: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn. Informally named “Peggy,” the object may be a new moon. Details of the observations were published online today by the journal Icarus. “We have not seen anything...
  • The Horse Head Of The Winter Night Sky
    The Horse Head Of The Winter Night Sky
    See a cosmic horse’s head and flame in the winter night sky The winter night sky is filled with incredible deep sky objects just waiting for astrophotographers to image. One of the more well known and intriguing of these deep sky objects is the Horse Head nebula and the Flame nebula in the constellation of...
  • Solar Photography: Our Magnificent Sun
    Solar Photography: Our Magnificent Sun
    Solar Photography: Our Magnificent Sun Regular contributor Ron Brecher sent this recent image of the Sun he took. Brecher is a Canadian astrophotographer with a passion for imaging the night sky. Brecher has had his images featured in publications like Sky News and Astronomy magazine. He is active in the lecture circuit doing talks on...
  • A Look At Narrowband Amateur Astrophotography By Steve Holmes
    A Look At Narrowband Amateur Astrophotography By Steve Holmes

    Canadian astrophotography enthusiast Steve Holmes has a sincere interest in teaching others about astronomy and a love for photographing the night sky.

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  • Hubble images one of the most picturesque regions of star formation
    Hubble images one of the most picturesque regions of star formation
    Hubble Telescope images one of the most picturesque regions of star formation Massive stars, abrasive winds, mountains of dust, and energetic light sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions of star formation in the Local Group of Galaxies. Known as N11, the region is visible on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, the Milky Way neighbour known as the Large Magellanic Clouds (LMC)....
  • M81 and M82 galaxies by Ron Brecher of Ontario Canada
    Stunning details in M81 and M82 galaxy photo by Canadian Astrophotographer
    New Image of M81 and M82 Galaxies by Canadian Astrophotographer Ron Brecher A gorgeous image of the galaxies M81 and M82 sent to Ontario Stargazing by Canadian astrophotographer and regular contributor Ron Brecher from Guelph, Ontario. Backyard astrophotographers and observers know these two galaxies well. In this nearly 7 hours image, you can see some...
  • Photo of the Week - M45 The Pleiades Cluster
    Photo of the Week – M45 The Pleiades Cluster
    M45 The Pleiades star cluster – Photo of the week! Posted by Stardaug – October 15, 2013 – OntarioStargazing.ca Want to stay on top of new posts and images? Follow @Stardaug on Twitter and on Google+   This weeks featured astronomy photo is a collaboration between myself and fellow astrophotographer Richard Beyko of Waterloo, Ontario....

Cosmic Photo of the Day:

astronomy photo of the day

As the full Moon sets, the Sun is about to rise on the opposite horizon. The Very Large Telescope (VLT) has already closed its eyes after a long night of observations. Contrary to what one may think, this picture is no montage. The Moon appears large because it is seen close to the horizon and our perception is deceived by the proximity of references on the ground. In order to get this spectacular close view, a 500-mm lens was necessary. The very long focal length reduces the depth of field making the objects in focus appear as if they were at the same distance. This effect, combined with the extraordinary quality of this picture, gives the impression that the Moon lies on the VLT platform, just behind the telescopes, even though it is in fact about 30 000 times further away.
Credit: G.Gillet/ESO

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The Cosmos Await...

Canadian astrophotographer Shawn Nielsen (@Stardaug) of Kitchener-Waterloo images the night sky above Ontario, Canada and shares the wonders and mysteries of the cosmos with others interested in Astronomy. You can contact Shawn here.