Thursday, 23 July 2009

Bydrae deur Amateur Sterrekundiges...

Goeiedag Vriende
Sterrekunde is een van die min displines in die wetenskap waar amateurs nog belangrike bydraes kan maak - gaan kyk gerus op APOD by na die belangrike ontdekking onlangs gemaak deur 'n amateur sterrekundige in Australiƫ: 'n nuwe impak-letsel op Jupiter.

As jy nie by die link kan uitkom nie, hier is die foto wat geneem is van Jupiter, met die impak-letsel 'n swart merk net onderkant die boonste pool van die planeet.

Moenie die amateurs afskryf nie - word eerder een!!!!

Groete en "clear skies"!!


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

How do you sneeze in a spacesuit? 'Aim well,' astronaut tells YouTube questioner

By Mike Schneider, The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - When it comes to sneezing in a spacesuit while in the void of space, it is best to aim well.

That's the advice lead spacewalker David Wolf offered Tuesday while answering one of the questions posted on YouTube for the crew of the space shuttle Endeavor.

"I've done it quite a few times, most recently yesterday," said Wolf, who led the mission's second spacewalk Monday and was set to go on a third spacewalk Wednesday. "You learn in training, and I don't know how to say this, aim well. It can mess up your view and there is no way to clear it."

Complete article...

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Land on the Moon in Google Earth

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Google has launched a new feature: the Moon in Google Earth. You can now use Google Earth to explore, fly around and search the Moon. Google was able to get several astronauts to participate in this new feature, and you can get tours of landing sites, narrated by Apollo astronauts, view 3D models of landed spacecraft, zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints and watch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions. The hi-resolution views of the Moon were developed in collaboration with NASA Ames Research and JAXA. It's loads of fun and provides an historic perspective as well as a look to the future of lunar exploration. If you already have Google Earth 5.0 on your computer, just click on the tab on the top toolbar that has a picture of Saturn, and click on Moon. If you click on the Apollo 11 flag, you can zoom in on that location and take a tour of the first landing site on the Moon! What a great way celebrate the 40th anniversary. Enjoy!

Click here to go the the Moon in Google Earth.