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Artificial light drowning out the stars – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2016.

The “New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness” published Science Advances this week reveals that the Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity. Drawing on data collected from citizen scientists and satellites, researchers from Italy, Germany, the USA, and Israel have created what they describe as “a critical documentation of the […]

Kiwi ‘astrographs’ other solar system

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2011.

A New Zealander has captured the first amateur photograph of solar system other than our own, drawing international attention. Rolf Olsen, of Titirangi, captured the star Beta Pictoris, and the disk of debris and dust orbiting it, by taking a series of photos and subtracting differences in the images  using Photoshop. You can see the original image […]

Kiwis’ ‘Rogue’ planets capture otherworldy attention

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2011.

New Zealand astronomers and astrophysicists have helped identify a collection of Jupiter-sized free-floating planets that do not orbit stars, but instead drift through space. This first-of-its-kind discovery has captured the attention of the news media. The discovery of the exoplanets differs from those observed in the last 15 years, as these lonely planets are not […]

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