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Build your own observatory

I was looking for some information on the design and manufacture of observatories. I came across some plans to build this observatory. Even though this is not a traditional dome roof observatory it does look like a good option. If you are handy with a saw and comfortable doing a spot of DIY there are […]

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TedX Salford – Amazing speakers: NASA Astronaut

TED talks, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, are a series of conference events that bring together great and not so great thinkers of our age on a wide range of subjects. Some of our blog posts incorporate TED videos e.g. Phil Plait: How to defend Earth from asteroids In just over […]

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Psychology of an Astronaut

In astronomy we often focus on the cosmos and observing the cosmos from here on Earth or by using unmanned space craft. Often we forget about manned space travel and especially the psychological demands on astronauts which has changed immeasurably since the days of the first manned space flights. This article from Wired explores some […]

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Voyager Leaves the Solar System

The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Continuing on their more-than-35-year journey since their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the sun than Pluto. In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars, filled […]

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Stellarium – Free Software

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. You can dowload it and install it on a PC or laptop and download apps which allows you to load it onto your tablet or […]

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Light Pollution website link

Ever noticed that orange haze you get when looking at the sky at night particularly over Manchester areas and other built up cities and towns. This is known as light pollution. Click on the image below to go directly to the website to learn more This short video is from the International Dark Sky Association […]

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