Here are some pictures of the night sky here in NZ that I've taken recently. Taken with a Nikon D5300 and a NEQ6 equatorial mount. On a couple I've also used an Orion 120mm refractor.
Alpha and Beta Centauri
A wider shot of the southern sky , Alpha and Beta Centauri again , the Southern Cross and some clouds for good measure ...
Same shot , but with a meteor.
Overall shot of the Southern Sky. You can start to see a bit of the dark lanes in the Milky Way by the Southern Cross in the
The Curiosity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars for four and a half years, and is beginning to show signs of wear. NASA has now observed two small breaks in the left center wheel tread - a new level of damage for an aging machine.
Curiosity has six aluminum wheels, each 20 inches in diameter. The cracks in the left center wheel are the first to significantly damage some of the 19 zigzag lines that make up the treads of each wheel, and support the 900 kg of the vehicle.
NASA's mobile laboratory arrived on Mars on August 6, 2012. Towards the end of 2013, the rover encountered a zone of sharp rocks that eventually overstretched its wheels, forcing NASA technicians to alter The planned route in search of more friendly lands.
Jim Erickson, project m
Arsia Mons Mountain is southernmost of the famous trio of giant Martian shield supervolcanoes, giant chain with total length about 2 000 kilometers. Its height is 19 kilometers, diameter at the foot - 435 kilometers, caldera width - 110 kilometers. Arsia Mons is second highest volcano in the Solar system, just behind Olympus Mons. Mars has not plate tectonic and shield volcanoes may stay at one place billion years, slowly growing in height during eruptions. But when growing process ceased, if it ceased at all?
Authors of NASA research revealed when last time Arsia Mons was active. To date age of ancient lava flows they counted volcanic vents. The most recent volcanic activity is thought to have taken place in the caldera—the bowl-shaped depression at
A cliff's collapse likely caused a bright outburst of gas and dust on Comet 67P in 2015, scientists announced today (March 21).
Strange surface features sprawled around the bases of steep slopes on Mars point to the presence of ice on the planet's surface, according to new data and imagery from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars is learning a hard lesson of Red Planet road trips: If you drive long enough, you'll wear out your wheels.
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