Free eBook (pdf) from Sky & Telescope magazine gets you started in observing shooting stars and provides all you’ll need to watch the upcoming August 2013 Perseid meteor shower.

Meteor watching is one of the easiest forms of astronomy. Beginners like to observe “falling stars” because they don’t need a telescope for this. Meteors are pieces of space debris that plow into the Earth’s atmosphere. It is possible to observe either random meteors or meteor showers (this event happens when Earth passes through debris that the comet has left). One of the most famous showers showers is the Perseid meteor shower. It peak on 12/13 of August of each year. The comet, responsible for Perseids is Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

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Now we all can travel across the world sitting on our chairs. Using Google Maps Street View application we can visit a lot of interesting places. Some of them are related to astronomy and space exploration!  Here you will find some of my favorite places. Enjoy your ride!

1. Top of launch pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, US. The site and its facilities were originally built for the Apollo program, and later modified to support Space Shuttle operations.

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2.  Arizona Meteor Crater (Canyon Diablo) was produced by a large meteorite 50 000 years ago. The crater is 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) in diameter and about 600 feet (180 metres) deep.

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What is a Lunar Eclipse? Lunar eclipses occur when Earth’s blocks the sun’s light and the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow (umbra).

Eclipses of the moon

When does lunar eclipse occur? A lunar eclipse can occur only at full moon. The moon’s orbit around Earth lies in a slightly different plane than Earth’s orbit around the sun – that’s why an eclipse doesn’t occur at every full moon.

How often eclipses happen? You can watch eclipse of the moon from 2 to 3 times each year.

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Space movies 2013

April 22, 2013

A list of 2013 upcoming science fiction movies and films about space and cosmos. 1. Elysium. Elysium takes place in year 2154 on an overpopulated and devastated planet Earth and a deluxe space station Elysium. An ordinary man Max Da Costa wish to get to Elysium and help pour people on Earth. Director Neill Blomkamp. [...]

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Space art paintings

October 9, 2012

Here you can order original space art paitings by proffesional painters from Lithuania. Just send your order by email astronomind@gmail.com. Prices are presented with shipment costs worldwide included. Payment method – Paypal. Certificate of authenticity (COA), issued by art gallery Tapyba.info included. Returns accepted within 14 days. 1. “Space shark“. Author Arturas Slapsys. Acrylic painting on [...]

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Movies about space 2012

February 5, 2012

Here are potentially great movies about space and astronomy to see in 2012: 1. John Carter. The movie tells the tale of war-weary, former military captain John Carter, who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly involved in a conflict of epic proportions between the inhabitants of the planet. Movie is based on the Edgar [...]

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Astronomy forums

February 4, 2012

Twenty-five years ago the Internet as we now know it was in the process of being birthed by the National Science Foundation. Since then it’s been an information explosion. In last decades amateur astronomy also changed dramatically. Facility of using electronic mail, increased access to a huge information, and improvement of communication between people. On internet space [...]

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Astronomy photos: best of 2011

December 29, 2011

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2012 Night sky

December 12, 2011

The most interesting astronomy events in 2012 night sky: January 3/4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The beggining of March – rare possibility to observe all 5 main planets during one night.  March 3 – Mars at Opposition. March 14 -  Venus and Jupiter Conjunction (3º). March 20 – The March equinox occurs at 05:14 UTC. March 31 – [...]

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