Stargazing Lives Mark Thompson.

We spoke to Stargazing Live presenter (and pilot) Mark Thompson about all things astronomy related.

How did you first get started in astronomy?

I was ten years old and my dad took me to the observatory at the edge of the University of East Anglia. It’s now moved to the home of the Norwich Astronomical Society, where I’ve been chairman for 14-odd years. I got taken along to that observatory and I saw an image of Saturn through the telescope and that was it. That fired my imagination and hooked me on the subject, and I’ve been fascinated by it

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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 amazing daytime astronomy sights

Don’t let the longer days during the summer spoil your astronomy – here are ten sights you can see even when the Sun is in the sky.

Safety first

Warning! If you are attempting to view any of the objects mentioned here, you need to be very careful especially if using a telescope or other optical aid, as even a glimpse of the Sun through any optics, unless properly filtered, including a camera lens, can severely damage your eyesight!

1. The Moon

Yes, you can see the Moon in the daytime! In fact, you’ve probably noticed it and wondered why

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Modern planetarium opened in a school in Vladivostok

Each student is now able to Vladivostok "to go into space." Unforgettable "flight into the universe," he will be able to make a unique digital planetarium.

The only one of its kind and the most modern planetarium was opened in the city school number 6. He has no equal as far as Moscow. Planetarium in the attic of the school was equipped room with a hemispherical dome-screen that special equipment is projecting a starry sky, the sun, the moon, all the planets in the solar system.

The printed image is voluminous and very naturalistic. There is

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Scientists at the Institute of Astronomy have developed a handbook for space protecting the Earth

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Scientists at the Institute of Astronomy have developed a "handbook" for space protecting the Earth

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Commissioned by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Institute of Astronomy of Russian scientists have developed a "handbook" for space protecting the Earth.

It, in particular, described in detail scenarios possible disasters. Russian specialists offer a variety of ways to prevent

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Modern planetarium opened in a school in Vladivostok

Each student is now able to Vladivostok "to go into space." Unforgettable "flight into the universe," he will be able to make a unique digital planetarium.

The only one of its kind and the most modern planetarium was opened in the city school number 6. He has no equal as far as Moscow. Planetarium in the attic of the school was equipped room with a hemispherical dome-screen that special equipment is projecting a starry sky, the sun, the moon, all the planets in the solar system.

The printed image is voluminous and very naturalistic. There is

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Americans are enthusiastic about the Electro-L

September 23 I published a post dedicated to autumnal equinox observed by satellite Electro-L. Just for fun, posted a link to two journalists in the United States and, as it turned out the material came to their liking. About our office and his photographs wrote two major publications, and then shots were on APOD.

 First, the article on the basis of a post published scientific and popular American website Universe Today. Suffice it to say that they have in Twitter 51 thousand subscribers. Material released under the authorship of the site editor Nancy Atkinson.

To

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Near Irkutsk began building the largest telescope in the world

On the astrophysical site in Tunkinskaya Valley (Buryatia) is building a telescope TUNKA-HiSCORE

Back in April, Irkutsk physicists have for the project "Gamma-ray astronomy multi-TeV energies and the origin of galactic cosmic rays," Russian Ministry of Education grant of 90 million rubles. These funds have already started the construction of new optical stations and stations for the detection of charged particles.

The value of the project for Russia is that our scientists do not have to travel to other countries to work on accelerators, and leading European research centers will make a huge material and

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Russian Lunar Lift

Patent of the Russian "space elevator" were scientists at the Institute of Astronomy. At the recently held conference "Tsiolkovsky Readings" in Kaluga presented the most promising from the point of view of the implementation of the projects. One such project is proposed to the Russian scientist Alexander Bagrov with like-minded colleagues and Vladislav Leonov and Andrei Crimson. Lunar elevator could become a reality?In the program "Russian space" about the project "Moon" tells the elevator researcher at the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a leading specialist of the Lavochkin, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Alexander Bagrov.Program

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Russian students took 2nd place at the International Olympiad in Astronomy

In Moscow, met Russian team of students who took the second place in the team event at the International Olympiad on Astronomy, giving owners the first place — the team from South Korea.

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