The Milky Way of Oz

How about a magnificent view of the night sky over Australia? Here is Ocean Sky, by Alex Cherney:
http://www.vimeo.com/24253126
Because of this special location, you can admire our Milky Way spreading across the sky above the ocean, parallel to the horizon. It took more than a year to compile 31 hours of …

Wonderful VLT time lapse

Here is a new time lapse video (set it to 720p to fully appreciate it) of the night sky at Cerro Paranal in Chile. All the images were taken at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, in the Atacama desert, a place known for having one of the darkest …

First Orbit – 50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space

Exactly 50 years ago, USSR cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin flew around the Earth, making him the first person to ever travel beyond our planet’s atmosphere. This was the beginning of a race to conquer space.
Of course, Gagarin only knew what it was to be the first man up there, but thanks …

Awesome artistic vision of our Universe

Everyone has seen how beautiful and amazing our Universe can be through the eyes of our telescopes. How about some wonderful animation, showing us some of our Universe in incredible details, and quite accurately? Then sit comfortably, and play the video below on the biggest screen you have (and make …

Cosmology – The theoretical minimum

A bit more than a year ago, while browsing the Stanford University online resources, I came across a series of lectures about cosmology; I thought some of you might be interested, so I decided to share it with you here. It is actually part of a six-quarter sequence of classes …

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