The winners of the fourth UK Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced yesterday—and boy are there some gems amongst them. Organized by the Royal Observatory, the contest generates stiff competition, so it's no wonder that the overall winner—pictured above—is absolutely breathtaking. It shows the M51 galaxy, which is often referred to as the Whirlpool because it's the archetypal spiral galaxy.
Fabulous day for Charlotte's christening at Sandringham, wonderful to see the Cambridges all together and share their special day with the crowds. July 5, Over images were submitted by the public dating back to Queen Victoria in the s.
These are external links and will open in a new window. A Canadian amateur photographer says he is "overwhelmed" by the worldwide response to a photograph he took of a bald eagle. Steve Biro snapped the image of Bruce the bald eagle at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy and first posted it on some Facebook photography groups.
September 28, Using a readily-available 'hobby' telescope, off-the-shelf camera and computer equipment, plus experienced observing skills, Emmanuel I. Kardasis of the Hellenic Amateur Astronomy Association has produced the first amateur albedo map of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. This demonstration has implications for the future role of amateur astronomers.
The Juno project is taking public participation in a space mission to a new level by inviting amateur astronomers to upload telescope images of Jupiter directly to the Junocam website. Telescopes run by professional astronomers will be viewing Jupitertoo, of course, but amateur observers get more competitive with the big guys every day. Amateurs even caught the collision of a small body with Jupiter earlier this year.
The United Kingdom is a terrible place to use a telescope, at least if you consider the weather. There might be one clear night a week, or worse. So it probably takes a certain amount of bravery for somebody like John McKeon to invest in a telescope and use it to look at the planets in between dodging clouds and rainstorms and snow.
It looks like a normal bathroom tile. But when amateur internet sleuths managed to locate it, they found the missing piece in an international child abuse investigation. This was one of the clues that led to the arrest of a suspect and the identification of nine child abuse victims. But the Trace an Object crowdsourcing effort launched by Europol in asks individuals and collectives to find clues for unsolved child abuse investigations by identifying parts of digital images.
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