The solar system

Notes: the Bright spot on the left is the planet Venus (overexposure at exposure). Just below Venus and slightly to the right is a star cluster the Pleiades (M45). In the right part of the comet Hyakutake with bright blue tail, extending nearly to star cluster in the constellation Perseus (top right – alpha Perseus).

Reproduced with permission from: Vic winter, ICSTARS

Notes: the Image of the comet Hyakutake in conventional colors shows its rapidly growing tail. The shell of the comet has a bright Central part is remarkably similar to the eye.

Reproduced with permission from: Herman Mikuz, Observatory CrNi Wjrh, Slovenia

Telescope Hubble probes inner region of comet Hyakutake

Notes: Presents Pictures taken Space telescope “Hubble” March 25, 1996 when the comet passed at a distance of about 13 million km from the Earth. Continue reading

Planets of the Solar system

Need light 100,000 years to pass from one end of the galaxy to another. Inside this galaxy contains stars and worlds and, maybe, a huge diversity of living and intelligent beings, and cosmic civilizations.

Planets of the Solar system

Scattered among the stars of the milky Way supernova remnants, each of which is a trace of the enormous explosion of a star. Fiber glowing gas is the outer layers of the star, which recently destroyed itself. The gas release returns stellar matter into space.

At its heart lie the remains of stars dense, shriveled up lump of star called a pulsar.

Saturn is a giant gas planet. If he has a solid surface, it is hidden from the human eye a huge cloud layer. Great Saturn’s rings consist of trillions of rotating ice shards.

Only 1.5 billion kilometers is the largest planet in our Solar system — Jupiter. On his dark side and huge flashes of lightning illuminate the clouds, what they first saw the spacecraft Voyager in 1979. Inside the orbit of Jupiter is countless pieces of shattered worlds: asteroids. These reefs and shoals mark granicrete giant planets. Continue reading


Celestial wanderer

The comet, named after astronomer Richard West, who discovered it in 1975. Passing near the Sun, comet has become one of the most exciting in the last few decades.

In addition to the major planets and asteroids move around the Sun the comet. Comets are the largest objects in the Solar system. The word “comet” in Greek means “hairy”, “long-haired”. When approaching the Sun the comet takes a spectacular view and heated under the action of solar heat so that the gas and dust fly from the surface, forming a bright tail.

The appearance of most comets are unpredictable. People paid attention to them since time immemorial. It is impossible not to notice the sky is a spectacle so rare, and so terrifying, scarier than any of the Eclipse, when the sky can be seen the misty light, sometimes so bright that can Shine through the clouds (1577), eclipsing even the moon. Continue reading

Scientists have found caves

MOSCOW, 6 Feb – RIA Novosti. The “dumbbell” of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, despite its extremely low mass, does not contain large voids, which suggests that primary matter of the Solar system was unusually loose and porous, according to ESA.

Current estimates of scientists, the mass of the comet is about 10 billion tons, which is 20 million times heavier than the largest man-made object in space, the ISS. This is a rather small figure for a celestial body the size of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The secret of lightness is to a very high degree of porosity of the comet — about 70-80% of its total volume occupied by voids, and its density is about the same as tubes, wood, or aerogel.

Therefore, as says Martin Petzold (Martin Patzold) from the University of Cologne (Germany), the astronomers came the question of distribution of these voids on the interior of the comet evenly, or low density of this celestial body due to the fact that within it, there are large “caves” and networks of large voids.

Scientists have been able to answer this question comprehensively studied the gravitational field of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko using ingenious methods of observation used on the probe Rosetta, studying the comet  and a number of radiotelex on Earth. Continue reading

Space tourism

Space tourism – space travel to low earth orbit or in entertainment or research purposes, the flights are paid from private funds.

Currently only used for the purpose of space tourism is the international space station (ISS). The flights are operated using Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the Russian segment of the ISS.

Organization of flying tourists engaged Roscosmos and Space Adventures. Space Adventures is collaborating with “Roskosmos” since 2001. Only with the help of this company in the space of seven tourists visited (end of 2009), and one of them (Charles Simonyi) twice.

The space tourists conducted training in Star city near Moscow, as well as in small aircraft that simulates weightlessness.

Although the cost of the tour to the orbit is 20-23 million dollars, the number of people wishing to see the space growing steadily. Since July 2007 the cost of space tour has grown from 20 to 30-40 million dollars. In addition, we announced a new service price — output space tourist into space — 15 million dollars. Continue reading

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