First-time astronomers

Two novice stargazers tell us how they got on with their first attempt at astronomy.

Vixen BT81S-A

Tested by: Phil Davis

Cost: £999/$1,199

From: vixenoptics.co.uk

“When my friend first suggested I borrow his Vixen BT81S-A binocular telescope for my first astronomy attempt I was a little bit apprehensive. Having never even used a regular telescope before, this seemed like a bit of a leap into the fire, so to speak.

“Nonetheless, with his help I decided I would give it a go. We had a spare tripod mount hanging around so we attached the binocular scope on to it. The

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10 mysteries from outer space.

All About Space takes a look at ten mysteries of the universe that can’t be explained with our current understanding of space science and asks some leading experts to take their best, most intelligent guess…

The story of astronomy has been a constant quest to solve new puzzles. Whether the question is why the planets follow certain paths through the sky, how the Sun and stars shine, or how the universe began, we’ve always made progress by looking for the answers to big questions. And even what look like unsolved loose ends can turn out to lead to huge cosmic

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10 GREATEST SPACE DISCOVERIES.

All About Space pays homage to the amazing achievements that have shaped humanity’s understanding of the universe around us.

Water on Mars. Discovered: 1975.

Percival Lowell had claimed in the 19th Century that he could see ‘canals’ on Mars. Alas, they were a figment of his imagination and water on Mars seemed like science fiction, at least until the launch of the Mariner 9 orbiter in 1971. This gave astronomers their first evidence that water might exist on the Red Planet. Ancient river beds and canyons along with weather fronts and fogs were all signs that water had once resided

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Scientists have found a home Darth Vader

31.03.2013

PHOTO: Joseph Fourier University Astronomers were able to get pictures of the planet Tatooine amazingly similar to the saga of "Star Wars." Astronomers take pictures of the planet that resembles Tatooine from the saga "Star Wars" and the planet Solaris from the same product Stanisław Lem. The data are published on the website Phys.org. Managed to find a planet with a telescope VLT, located at the observatory in Chile. Scientists from University of Joseph Fourier, compared the data obtained in 2002 and 2012, and concluded that the planet revolves around the

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Discovered a supernova in the galaxy Arp 220

Discovered a supernova in the galaxy Arp 220 Facts

Space Observatory, astronomers Onsager Chalmers University recently discovered a supernova in the galaxy Arp 220, located at a distance of 250 million light years from Earth. Never before in a single galaxy was observed at the same time as many supernovae. Discovery proves the assumption of astronomers that the galaxies that are considered the best in the universe of "Star Academy" is also "supernova factories."

Using ground-based network of radio telescopes in 5 countries, astrologers were able to create detailed images of the galaxy Arp 220. Behind a thick layer of

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The telescope XMM-Newton caught black hole devouring the planet, a giant

02.04.2013

 

European orbiting telescope XMM-Newton discovered in the galaxy NGC 4845 in the constellation Virgo giant black hole devouring the remains of a large planet, a "hot Jupiter," or a small brown dwarf, according to a paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

"We were able for the first time to see to it like a black hole tearing apart the object is not similar in nature to the star. According to our estimates, the outer layers of the" Jupiter

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Astronomers estimate the colors of the Milky Way

Astronomers estimate the colors of the Milky Way's interesting

Astronomers have determined that our galaxy is named according to its color scheme. The aim of the study was to detect the appearance of the Milky Way — a difficult task, given that the land is located within the galaxy.

Comparison of stars other galaxies allows us to conclude no wonder that the Milky Way is white in color. At 219 Meeting of the American astronomical community announced the results of research. "The most important parameter for astronomers is the color of the galaxy. On it you can determine the age

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A new type space objects that can be classified as DARK MATTER

29.10.2003

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Integral — powerful cosmic gamma-ray telescope of the European Space Agency, it seems discovered a new class of astronomical objects covered with a layer of dark matter.

This binary system, probably including a black hole or a neutron star, shrouded in a thick cocoon of cold gas. They are not visible to any

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Venus — a storehouse of minerals

28.11.2003

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Considering at leisure celestial bodies, astronomers saw Venus something new. Little green men, though it is not visible, but the mountains that form the landscape of the distant planet, managed to make out. And it turned out that they are made of metal and are giant mineral deposits. To get to that yet, alas, is impossible.

University of Washington astronomers believe that mountain likely consist of lead and bismuth.

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At Moscow State University have developed an efficient method of study distant galaxies

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Employees of the State Astronomical Institute of the PK Sternberg State University (SAI) Chilingaryan Igor and Ivan Zolotukhin, processed through the Virtual Observatory data on 200,000 galaxies have invented a technique that allows to determine the structure of distant galaxies, their distance and other important parameters are literally on the three images. Astrophysical objects can not be directly touched or involved in the experiments. Their physical properties, and distance to them can be judged or from direct observations, or indirect evidence.

Modern telescopes can detect galaxies at such large distances, which is very difficult not only

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