Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot

11 03 2009

pale_blue_dot_uitsnedeThe Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. Both the idea for taking the distant photo and the title came from scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan, who also wrote the 1994 book of the same name. In 2001, it was selected by as one of the top ten space science photos.

The photo was taken as Voyager was 3.7 billion miles from Earth. Read the rest of this entry »


Pre-Course Blurb

21 09 2008


Welcome to Stargazing Made Simple. This blog will be run in conjunction with the course at The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute.

The purpose of this blog is to cover the material contained in the course, so that you can keep updated, remind yourself about the topics covered during the course, find any relevant web links and download any relevant course materials. It will also have pretty pictures and anything else that may be relevant to the course. Read the rest of this entry »