Top 10 Amazing Rocket Explosions – Videos – Coolest Launch Disasters


We’ve scoured YouTube for the 10 coolest rocket launch explosion videos we could find – and this is the result. We’ve deliberately avoided using launches involving people – that wouldn’t be entertaining now, would it?

Indian Rocket Explodes Carrying Comms Satellite

A rocket carrying an Indian communication satellite exploded just after liftoff on Saturday in the second launch failure for India’s space agency this year.

Ariane 5 Rocket Explosion

An integer conversion error caused this rocket to explode during ascent. It was an Ariane 5 from the European Space Agency. This launch was on June 4, 1996.

Sea Launch Rocket Blows Up

The ocean based Rocket Launch platform has a bad day.

Titan IV A-20 explodes over Cape Canaveral

Titan IV mission A-20, the final Titan IV-A to fly, explodes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral when a short circuit resets the rocket’s guidance system. The onboard flight termination system ended the mission, carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office believed to be worth over $1 billion.

Rocket Carrying GPS 2R Satellite Explodes

Accidents happen. Even at NASA where they have strong testing and integrity procedures. A rocket carrying a GPS 2R just seconds into the mission explodes. More than 250 tons of flaming debries and rocket fuel rain down from the sky. The explosion occurs so close the the ground that the area around looks like a war zone.

Massive Rocket Explosion

We couldn’t find any info with the video as to what launch it was.

Russian Rocket Launch Failure

An unmanned Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Foton M-1 satellite has a failed launch attempt and crashes back to Earth only seconds later with a large explosion. The explosion and reactions to it are captured on tape by several spectators.

Massive NASA Delta II Rocket Explosion with fireblast

Watch the full explosion of a DELTA II Rocket. See the blast on tele from only a 1000 yards distance (measured from the nearest impacts of the falling debris) Also notice the red smoke coming from the explosion-blast, waving slowly east to the atlantic ocean.

Rocket explosion compilation

A compilation of several Rocket Explosions.

Soviet rocket disasters Compilation

Here’s another compilation video, this time of Soviet Rocket disasters.

Guide to Meteor Showers in 2011 – List of 2011 Meteor Showers

Meteor showers are an easy thing for most people to see and a great way to experience the events our universe has to offer.

Here’s a list of meteor showers that will be taking place in 2011. This list is geared towards visibility in the USA.

The moon can seriously affect meteor visibility so we’ve listed when the moon will cause problems for you.

If you’re wondering what the best meteor shower to view is – plan on watching the Perseids in August. They usually have the most meteors and are easy to see.

Name Date of Peak Moon
Name: Quadrantids
Peak: night of January 3
Moon: New

Name: Lyrids
Peak Night: night of April 21
Moon: Rises after midnight

Name: Eta Aquarids
Peak Night: night of May 5
Moon: Sets in early evening

Name: Perseids
Peak Night: night of August 13
Moon: Full

Name: Draconids
Peak Night: night of October 8
Moon: Sets around midnight

Name: Orionids
Peak Night: night of October 21
Moon: Rises after midnight

Name: Leonids
Peak Night: night of November 17
Moon: Rises around midnight

Name: Geminids
Peak Night: night of December 13
Moon: Just past full

Amazing Picture of the Moon Setting Into Eclipse

This picture comes via NASA and shows the moon setting into an eclipse from the recent lunar eclipse.

Source: APOD

The Earth as Seen from the Surface of Mars

Amazing picture. Makes you think about how small we really are.

Upcoming Auction of Space Memorabilia

This news comes via Neatorama:

NASA is preparing to auction off souvenirs, paperwork, and hardware from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects. Of course, items from the Apollo 11 mission will command higher prices, such as the American flag shown, which went to the moon in the summer of 1969.

Remarkable flight-flown printed fabric American flag, 6 x 4, flown aboard Apollo 11 during its historic flight to the moon. Flag is affixed by its corners to a 10 x 12 certificate stating “This flag traveled to the moon with Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, July 20, 1969,” and signed in black felt tip by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Armstrong has also added an inscription that reads, “To Rooster with sincere best wishes from Apollo 11.” Rooster Andrews was the owner of a very successful sports shop business in Texas, a keen space collector, and a friend of the astronauts.

The Auction begins January 13th.

Check out the details here.

List of Upcoming Solar Eclipses until 2017

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Solar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 11 July 2010
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Pacific, South America

When: 20 May 2012
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Asia, USA

When: 13 November 2012
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 10 May 2013
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 3 November 2013
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Africa

When: 29 April 2014
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Antarctica

When: 20 March 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: N. Atlantic, Iceland

Looking further ahead – the next total solar eclipse visible in the United States and North America will be August 21, 2017.

Picture from Wikipedia.

List of Upcoming Lunar Eclipses until 2015

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Lunar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 15 June 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 10 December 2011
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific

When: 4 June 2012
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 25 April 2013
Type: Partial Eclipse
Where Visible: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

When: 15 April 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 8 October 2014
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 4 April 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

When: 28 September 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where Visible: East Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, W. Asia

Happy Stargazing!

Photo from Wikipedia.

Amazing Picture of the Recent Partial Solar Eclipse with the ISS Thrown in

This picture is so amazing – I had to share it.

A photographer snapped this picture of the recent partial Solar Eclipse – and it also captured the ISS transiting the sun as well!

Photo was taken by Thierry Legault – check out his website here.


Astro Alert: Solstice Lunar Eclipse Tonight

The night of 20 December, or very early into the morning of the 21st depending on your time zone, will feature a total lunar eclipse easily visible in North America, Greenland, and Iceland.  While lunar eclipses are fairly common, this one falls on the same day as the northern winter solstice and that hasn’t happened since 1638!

If you have clear skies, and a warm jacket, be sure to look up tonight around these times:

Partial Phase Begins Moon Enters Umbra Mid-Eclipse Moon Leaves Umbra
EST Dec. 21, 1:33 a.m. Dec. 21, 2:41 a.m. Dec. 21, 3:17 a.m. Dec. 21, 3:53 a.m.
CST Dec. 21, 12:33 a.m. Dec. 21, 1:41 a.m. Dec. 21, 2:17 a.m. Dec. 21, 2:53 a.m.
MST Dec. 20, 11:33 p.m. Dec. 21, 12:41 a.m. Dec. 21, 1:17 a.m. Dec. 21, 1:53 a.m.
PST Dec. 20, 10:33 p.m. Dec. 20, 11:41 p.m. Dec. 21, 12:17 a.m. Dec. 21, 12:53 a.m.

More info on tonight’s lunar eclipse can be found at:

NASA – Eclipses

NASA – The Moon’s Holiday Gift

Solstice Lunar Eclipse – NASA Science

Welcome to Astrotopia!

If this is your first time here – I’d like to welcome you to this new project of mine.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked up at the stars in awe. Space is a pretty amazing place and ever since I was a kid I’ve been a huge sci-fi fan and space buff.

I even wanted to be an astronaut at one stage (though what kid doesn’t?).

One thing I learned as I built my first successful website, Anglotopia, is that if you have enough passion for something, you can turn it into a viable business worth sharing with the world.

That’s my goal with Astrotopia. Simply put, it’s a website for people who love space. Whether it’s space travel, astronomy, sci-fi movies or reading about the latest exoplanet discoveries – we plan to cover as much as we can here. We want to become the web’s first destination for space news.

There’s not much on the site right now – but we’re just getting started. Here’s a preview of what we have planned.

  • Regular space news
  • Profiles of Private Space Companies
  • Coverage of Space Movies
  • Directory of Exoplanets
  • Computer App guides
  • Astronomy Guides
  • Videos
  • Pictures
  • And more!

So, get ready for takeoff – Astrotopia is launching for the skies!