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

Get a Rare Look Inside a Soyuz Capsule in Flight

These pictures come via a Russian space blog and show us a rare glimpse inside a Soyuz capsule in flight.

Check them out below:

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Amazing Chart of Every Human and Robotic Space Mission

This amazing chart visualizes every human and robotic mission into space.

Click the image to view a larger version.

Thanks to X-WideP for discovering it.

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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.

Amazing!

Rockets of the World Infographic

This is a little dated – but it’s definitely worth sharing for the folks interested in rocket technology.

Right click and open in a new window or tab to view a full size version:

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Enceladus Sprays Its Load Into Space

Pardon the pun in the headline. Thought it would grab your attention. This image is right from the spacecraft and has not been processed in any way.

It’s incredible to think that there is this moon, geologically active within our own solar system, spraying liquid water into space.

Amazing.

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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!

Crazy Idea of the Week: Send Astronauts on a One Way Trip To Mars

Home Sweet Home?

This idea has been making the rounds and I’m mentioning it because it’s rather interesting. We space nuts are getting a little impatient with the progress of a Mission to Mars – by far the biggest acheivement Humanity has avoided – so here’s a radical idea.

Send a crew of astronauts on a one way trip.

Not to explore and come back – but to found a settlement.

It harkens back to the age of European colonization of the Americas – where people left their homes forever to make a go at it in the new world.

Many are suggesting that we should settle mars the same way.

We’re not suggesting sending them on their way and leaving them to die. No, they’d send back regular reports and we’d send back regular supplies and shipments of more people.

Within a few years, Mars would have a viable settlement and growing humanity’s reach into the stars.

From io9’s take on the idea:

Then there are the particular details of their plan, which would certainly make terrific science fiction even if their mission never becomes science fact. They place the first Martian colony next to a big ice cave, which would provide a perfect mix of shielding from radiation and abundant stores of water and oxygen. They also suggest the first colonists should be somewhat older, perhaps around 60. They say this on the basis that the radiation exposure will shorten lifespan and damage reproductive organs, so it’s better to send people who won’t be affected by either of those problems. This does raise the question of just how this will become a permanent, ongoing Martian colony though.

Read more about it here.

What do you think – should we send people on a one way trip to Mars to kickstart inter-solar colonization? Let us know in the comments.