Category: astronomy


Inspired by a really good book I’ve just read and this list of potential currently habitable exoplanets, I spent a little time playing with SpaceEngine last night, visiting as many of them as I could. Pretty, aren’t they?

Until Elite: Dangerous is released, it’s probably the closest you’ll get to having the freedom of the Galaxy.

With Jupiter in Mind

I’d hoped to invite a couple of friends round for some stargazing, but it clouded up shortly after I’d set up the telescope. I managed to get this shot of Jupiter with my smartphone held up to a new eyepiece.

Jupiter is about 11 Earths in diameter.

I’ve been reading up on ‘image stacking’, where you combine tens or hundreds of frames (either still or from video) to improve the detail visible in images – so fingers crossed for some clear nights ahead.