Archive for the ‘Stars’ Category

How to see the “supernova of a generation” with a pair of binoculars

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Source – Berkeley Lab / lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth — approximately 21 million light-years away — than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe they caught the supernova within hours of its explosion, a rare feat made possible with a specialized survey telescope and state-of-the-art computational tools

At a mere 21 million light-years from Earth, a relatively small distance by astronomical standards, the supernova is still getting brighter, and might even be visible with good binoculars in ten days’ time, appearing brighter than any other supernova of its type in the last 30 years.

Astronomers Find Massive Diamond Planet Orbits Neutron Star

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Northern Lights Explained

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The Aurora Borealis from Per Byhring on Vimeo.

Astronomers Find Coldest Star in the Universe

Thursday, March 24th, 2011