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Latest News from Galaxy Zoo / Zooconf 2014 tickets are available
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:08:45 pm »
In case you haven't seen already in the Zooniverse blog tickets are now available for Oxford on 2 August and another event, which is planned in Portsmouth 13 September. Both of these are in the UK.

Ticket links are:



I'll let the organisers start any other discussions. This is just a post for ticket information.

Object of the Day / Monday 30 May 2011
« on: May 30, 2011, 04:32:45 pm »
Well today is Hanny's day in more ways than one!

Happy birthday to my dear friend and co-mod, have a lovely birthday :-* :-* :-*

As lodilady said, 'In any case, it looks like a wine bottle with a candle flame on top.'

Seems very apt for today ;)

Object of the Day / Sunday 31st October 2010
« on: October 31, 2010, 02:41:10 pm »
Appropriate for today and first posted by Oozyzoozy in The Galactic Faces Thread

Entitled 'spooky:o

ObjId = 588015508728447105

Thanks for sharing ;D

Object of the Day / Sunday 15 August 2010
« on: August 15, 2010, 05:05:01 pm »
Well traditionally Sunday is a day of rest and relaxation, so I took a trip down to the gallery, which is the Pure Art Thread and saw this striking example, posted by djj. Thanks for posting. :)


And for those of you have time for interesting listening, don't forget that Hanny is doing her live interview on –
TheEventHorizon this evening at 19:00 UT (3:00pm EDT). Discussing citizen astronomy research and Galaxy Zoo. 8)

I think you can find it here.

Object of the Day / Sunday 27th June 2010
« on: June 27, 2010, 11:17:18 am »
I'm shamelessly posting a shot I took last night (well very early this morning). And really curious to know if anyone else saw it too.

I'd gone out into the garden to watch the ISS pass over at 00.35 and as it was going past, I saw the streaking fiery tale of an object hitting the atmosphere, quite orange and quite wide. I've never seen one quite so dramatic. I'm not sure if it was a meteorite or man made object burning up.

I was South West London. The object was on a heading of about 53 degrees NE. Did anyone else around the UK see it?

It was going pretty fast.

Luckily I had the camera with me so you can see the ISS over London and fireball trail streaking down below it. To give an idea of time and speed, it was a 30 second exposure, so you can see how far the ISS traveled in that time.

And another shameless plug for our photo challenge too, welcome to the new contributors and please do feel to join in if you fancy. :)

Object of the Day / Sunday 20th June 2010
« on: June 20, 2010, 09:57:12 am »
This is one for all the Dads out there as it is Father's Day in certain parts of our little planet today.

A nice star posted in the Pure art thread by AlexandredOr. Thanks for posting Alexandre!

Have a good day all :)

Hot sun

Object of the Day / Sunday 13th June 2010
« on: June 13, 2010, 03:26:36 pm »
Today saw the landing of the Japanese Hayabusa container which hit the atmosphere just after 1350 GMT, producing a fireball over southern Australia.

Credit: JAXA
The Hayabusa mission began in 2003, the Ion driven vehicle was planned to land on asteroid Itokawa, spending three months at the 500m-long potato-shaped object in 2005.

The main spacecraft, along with the sample-storage capsule, was due to come back to Earth in 2007, but a series of technical problems delayed its return by three years. the JAXA team managed to find solutions to many of the setbacks and although the sample collector malfunctioned, it is hoped that some fragments of dust from the asteroid will have returned with the reentry capsule.
It's no mean feat to land on such a small object which orbits the Sun between Earth and Mars and then return to Earth. So whatever the outcome, congratulations are due. Lets hope that the team are able to recover the reentry vehicle intact.

Asteroid Itokawa
Credit: JAXA

Object of the Day / Sunday 6th June 2010
« on: June 06, 2010, 10:35:55 am »
Falcon 9

Cedit: SpaceX

Friday saw the successful launch of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. The system has been developed by SpaceX after winning a commercial contract with NASA. It is highly efficient so the cost to lift payload is lower than earlier systems. And with the imminent retirement of the Shuttle fleet it is hugely important for ISS resupply and future manned missions.

More info at SpaceX and Wiki.

Object of the Day / Sunday 30th May 2010
« on: May 29, 2010, 11:10:17 pm »
Happy Birthday Hanny!

I hope no one minds me posting one of my own pictures today! Leaves in the moonlight.

I though Hanny would like this one today on her birthday :)

Happy birthday HH, enjoy the day  :-* :-* :-*

Object of the Day / Sunday 2nd May 2010
« on: May 02, 2010, 10:49:41 pm »
Well it's Sunday, so time to visit the gallery, but a different venue this time – Hubble Pure Art.

This cool one was posted by h.kohler Thanks for sharing :)

Reminds me of a cabbage patch ;)

Object of the Day / Sunday 25th April 2010
« on: April 25, 2010, 09:41:54 am »
Hubble Space Telescope's birthday
As just about everyone here will know it has just been Hubble's birthday. So what better way to celebrate than feature an image from Hubble Zoo. This is one I found earler (Thanks Jo for waking me up) ;D

So, just another reminder, if you haven't already, complete the survey and then take a look at the new Zoo.

And if you want a bit more info about Hubble, it was my OOTD a few Moons ago.   

Object of the Day / Sunday 18th April 2010
« on: April 18, 2010, 11:08:27 pm »
Yesterday marked the safe return of the crew of Apollo 13, 40 years ago. It was amazing that the team managed to improvise from the equipment onboard, a way to get the crew safely home. So I though for those who weren't around at the time and those that were, you like to see more about it here

And this is a picture of the service module as it was released showing the damaged caused by the explosion in an oxygen cylinder.

Credit: NASA

Object of the Day / Sunday 11th April 2010
« on: April 11, 2010, 11:28:59 am »
Love this piece of fine art in Pure Art by AlexandredOr. Reminds me of the recent sunshine here on Earth and lovely blue Moons :)

In a Vasarely way

Oh, and congratulations everybody on reaching 60,000,000 classifications today. Great work. And keep cliicking ;)

Object of the Day / Sunday 28th March 2010
« on: March 28, 2010, 07:00:49 pm »
This beautiful edge on has been featured a couple of times in Stunning sights! by Gargleblaster, AlexenandredOr, skwalker and Song. So I think it deserves a place here.

As Song says, "After over 2000 galaxies that I've classified, this one is still one of my favorites. I just adore the color contrast".

It is UGC 08739.

Object of the Day / Sunday 21st March 2010
« on: March 21, 2010, 08:57:23 pm »
It culture day, so down to the gallery to see AlexandredOr's latest exhibit. Love it! 8)

Neutron star

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