Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

Total Lunar Eclipse

June 16, 2011

Yesterday evening saw a Total Lunar Eclipse that could be seen from Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia. Hopefully you were lucky enough to see it but if like me your view was obscured by cloud check out these views of it online

and more about why they occur here


Whipple Museum of the History of Science

September 15, 2010

TOTD was at a conference in Cambridge last week and visited the amazing Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The collection contains examples of scientific instruments relating to astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating, including some magnificent globes and sundials. There were drawers full of pocket calculators and it was entertaining for everyone to spot their first calculator. This site is an excellent introduction to the collection and also contains a number of amusements, including a human body jigsaw and a simulation of early and modern microscopes.

Photos from Space

August 26, 2010

Here is a site that was recommended to Thing of the Day with a range of photographs from Space from NASA:

Thanks to LJ for suggesting.

The Perseid meteor shower

August 9, 2010

Don’t miss this heavnely show which is on this week – probably best seen on the morning of the Thurday 13th.

There is, of course, more information here:

and more news from a UK newspaper that hasn’t started charging for access:


March 31, 2010

This is quite an effective way of depicting the relative orbital periods of the planets as they circle around the sun. As a bonus, each planet makes a musical note when it completes its orbit. If nothing else, it illustrates just how long it takes the outer planets to orbit the sun (248 Earth years, in the case of Pluto).

Logarithmic maps of the universe

March 12, 2010

The title sounds dull but check these out to see how small they can make you feel:

Hate mail from 3rd graders

February 23, 2010

The Pluto Files shows that it wasn’t just the old fuddy duddies ‘unlearning’ that Pluto was a planet that proved difficult.

How to feel small and insignificant….

January 28, 2010

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to travel across the known Universe? Check out the amazing video below and prepare to feel like a very small cog in an enormous wheel.

(Thanks to CL for this suggestion)

What if the earth had rings?

January 21, 2010

In an alternate universe somewhere, perhaps this is the view:

(as it says, the really cool part  begins about a minute in).

Sixty Symbols

October 5, 2009

This collection of sixty videos from the University of Nottingham hopes to unravel some of the mysteries behind all those funny letters and squiggles used by scientists. Some of the symbols have been made up, but they link to  interesting topics in the fields of physics and astronomy. Try the Theramin, for example. A further sixty symbols are planned.