My take on the Eskimo Nebula

Ten thousand years ago, as glaciers from Earth’s last ice age retreated towards the poles and humans planted their first crops, a Sun-like star died. Fifteen years ago the Hubble Space Telescope observed its shattered remains. Thanks to Nasa’s open data policies I used that data to create my own portrait of the Eskimo Nebula.

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The Week in Amateur Space Exploration - February 20

The Week in Amateur Space Exploration - February 20

Amateur images of Mars spark professional research, students and teachers conduct galactic research, crowdsourcing 1,230 public reports of earthquakes, teenagers' microgravity research, and amateur rocket projects are just some of the week's news in amateur space exploration.

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Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

I didn't have to spend $10,000 on my own telescope to create this image of the Orion Nebula. Thanks to the Bradford Robotic Telescope it only cost me £3 (about $5). Created by scientists at the University of Bradford to support British primary and secondary schools, anyone can subscribe to their service and create dozens of images every month.

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Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Weekend Amateur: Observing the Sculptor Galaxy with Nasa

Observing With Nasa lets you control a robotic telescope to capture your own images of planets, comets, and distant galaxies. Not just a fun way to make pretty astronomy pictures, Observing With Nasa lets teachers, parents, and informal educators introduce the science of astronomy to middle and high school students.

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Weekend Amateur: Using Nasa's SkyView virtual observatory to create stellar images

Weekend Amateur: Using Nasa's SkyView virtual observatory to create stellar images

There's no way I could afford my own 2.5 meter telescope, much less a mountain-top observatory. Thanks to Nasa and its SkyView virtual observatory, I created this image of the globular cluster Messier 3 using professional data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. You can too.

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Amateur Space News April 23, 2014

Today’s recap includes new opportunities for middle and high school research on the International Space Station, ninth graders using rocketry to learn physics, professional and amateur astrophotographers working together, and a talk about Mars in New Zealand.

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