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A year of looking up December 31, 2011

Posted by Marie in Astronomy, ESO, Look up, Paranal, Stars.
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On New Year’s Eve 2010, I made a resolution to explore astronomy a bit more, and learn something about what’s ‘out there’.

Although these posts haven’t been quite as frequent as I’d hoped, they still give an indication of lots of different things which have caught my attention during the year.

I have no intention of stopping now, and I’ll continue to collect and share things which I like.  So to end 2011, here’s a video from the European Southern Observatory showing a whole night in less than one minute.

This video depicts a whole night of work at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, from dusk till dawn. As the starry sky begins disclosing its beauties, the domes of the four VLT Unit Telescopes rapidly move to observe different celestial objects. Above the observatory, the wonderful landscape of the Milky Way rides the firmament in all its glory, while several shooting stars ‘scratch’ the sky, leaving very distinctive trails.

Credit: ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

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Sky at Night – 1963 December 13, 2011

Posted by Marie in Moon, Patrick Moore, Sky at Night.
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This is a stunning find, featuring a rather handsome Patrick Moore discussing what it would be like to land on the moon 6 years before it actually happened.  Fascinating.  The BBC’s write-up says:

Many of the early Sky at Night programmes were destroyed or lost from the BBC library. Recently this early and very rare programme from 1963 with Arthur C Clarke, was discovered in an African TV station. Patrick and Arthur were both members of the British Interplanetary Society and here they discuss bases on the Moon and Mars. Arthur C Clarke made very few interviews, so this really is a broadcasting gem- once lost, but now found.

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