Monthly Archives: December 2018

Christmas Tree Nebula (zoom)

Image credit & copyright: Rolf Geissinger: http://stern-fan.de/Seiten/frameset_eng.htm NASA APOD for this image: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120410.html I hope you’ve all had an amazing 2018 thus far and let’s finish strong with something a little seasonal.  The Christmas Tree Cluster (also called Christmas Tree Nebula) is cataloged … Continue reading

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Comet Lovejoy from Station

Image credit: NASA Dan Burbank. On December 21 & 22, 2011 while onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of Expedition 30, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank caught these incredible images of Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy after it had … Continue reading

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Blue Origin New Shepard 10 Launch

Images credit & copyright: Blue Origin. Gradatim Ferociter “Step by Step Ferociously!” Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 08:50 CST (14:50 UTC, 09:50 EST & 06:50 PST), Blue Origin will be launching their New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle for the 10th … Continue reading

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Arianespace Soyuz VS20

Images credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 16:37 UTC (11:37 EST) Arianespace will launch the medium lift Soyuz 2 launch vehicle (VS20) carrying the Composante Spatiale Optique CSO 1 spy satellite for CNES, DGA & … Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon 9 GPS 3 SV01 from FL

Images credit & copyright: NASA & SpaceX.  LAUNCH ALERT! Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 08:51 EST (13:51 UTC) SpaceX Falcon 9 (core 1054.1) will be launching from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) to deliver the U.S. Air Force’s third … Continue reading

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Edge-On Galaxy NGC 4452

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. 60 million light years away in the constellation Virgo is this beautiful example of an edge-on spiral galaxy. NGC 4452 as its cataloged is roughly 35,000 light years in diameter which isn’t even half … Continue reading

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ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 from CA

Images and Illustrations credit & copyright: United Launch Alliance (ULA) & NASA. Launch Alert!!! Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 17:44 PST/20:44 EST (00:44 UTC on the 20th) the United Launch Alliance (ULA) will be launching the beautiful Delta IV Heavy from … Continue reading

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