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50 years of manned space exploration

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in human history: the day when a human being left the confines of Earth and entered space. On this date, April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first such person. It took him just 108 minutes to orbit Earth and he returned as [...]

Dark days for Internet in Canada are coming

CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) by recent decision let very few corporations, who owns all telecom in Canada to practically get rid of their smaller competitors, who offered better services, and put draconian tariffs on internet usage. Until now Canadians were enjoying unlimited broadband internet at reasonable price offered by smaller internet providers or [...]

Another record breaker: ultra-deep image reveals ultra-distant galaxy

From NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope press release: Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what they believe is the most distant object ever seen in the universe. Its light traveled 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble. The dim object is a compact galaxy (UDFj-39546284) of blue stars that existed 480 [...]

Still believing in aliens invasion in 2012?

The news about so-called space ships found by SETI shaking internet community for more than a month now (though origin of the news I found on some blogs and youtube video are more than a year old). There was several debunking articles from respective authors, but the rumor still around and time to time we [...]

About “Giant spaceships heading towards Earth” news

As I mentioned in previous post our site flooded with visitors looking for space ships on the sky map. The majority of traffic is coming from Russia and Eastern Europe. I found several news site posted the news about some SETI officials pointed on some images of space ships on sky map. I tried to [...]

“flying saucers” on SkyMap?

For the last three weeks the SkyMap has been flooded with visitors looking for “flying saucers”. The source is the news bouncing from blog to blog and lately carried by larger media sites about some mysterious space ships detected by SETI. Here’s one of the iteration of the news: 3 very large object flying to [...]

Newly discovered planet in Gliese 581 may be first truly habitable exoplanet

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet with about three times the Earth’s mass orbiting the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581. That in itself is cool news; a planet like that is very hard to detect. But the amazing thing is that the planet’s distance from the star puts it in the Goldilocks [...]

WikiSky – web site of the week on Voice of America

WikiSky was chosen as web site of the week by Voice of America. Here’s the link on article and audio podcast: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/science-technology/website-of-the-week/Website-of-the-Week—Wikisky-91916494.html ____________

New interface introduction – Astronomical Image Overlay

The SKY-MAP team is happy to introduce new interface we are working on right now called Astronomical Image Overlay. It allows (by adding single line of code to a page that show one or more astronomical images) to add new cool layer of other images overlapping same patch of the sky (drag mouse over the [...]

Hubble’s New View of Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel

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