Star greater than the Milky Way?

At a party a few days ago, I was standing outside with a couple of friends viewing the incredible night sky when we started talking about the magnificent vastness of space. One of them brought up having heard of a single star that was greater than the entire Milky Way galaxy – which is pretty […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: M106

A beautiful picture of the M106 galaxy, lost in the vastness of space. Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also […]

Books of March 2012

These are the books read or listened to in March. Philip Plait: “Death from the Skies! The Science Behind the End of the World” (2008) Balancing between depression, amusement and fascination, astronomer Phil Plait (of lists a number of ways in which the race of humanity could be wiped out – everything from asteroid […]

Främjandet av svensk rymdturism (motion till PP:s vårmöte)

Detta är en motion jag lämnat in till Piratpartiets vårmöte 2012. Dit och rösta och kommentera med dig. Den 8 juli 2011 skedde den sista uppskjutningen med NASA:s rymdfärja, efter 30 år i drift, som ett ödets ironi nästan precis tio år efter att den första rymdturisten Dennis Tito for upp i rymden den 28 april […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Jupiter and Io

When talking astronomy pictures, it’s difficult to say which pictures  are ”real” and which ones are not. A great deal is obviously just computer generated or hand drawn, but the ones I post as part of the Beautiful Cosmos blog series all have some degree of validity to them. The first problem that crops up […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Aurora Borealis from Space pt. 2

My old post with a photo of aurora borealis as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) really is nothing in comparison with this new 30-second video. The ISS is filming from above Canada, with the awesome green light reflections shimmering beneath. My old post with a photo of aurora borealis as seen from the […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Rhea

The Cassini probe recently caught some new breath taking pictures of Saturn’s second largest moon Rhea, a beautiful astronomical body. Wow. I recently wrote about the beauty of our own moon, and it’s amazing to ponder about the countless number of similar bodies out there. NASA · Space Daily · Tom’s Astronomy Blog · Yahoo The Cassini […]

China is taking over the space market

China’s space programme has been increasing at incredible velocities in the past decade or so, and by all accounts it will continue to increase in the foreseeable future. They recently became number two concerning satellite launches, launching a total of 19 satellites in 2011, beating the US which launched a total of 18, but still […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Jupiter

Jupiter has grown to become one of my absolute favourite planets in the last few months. Not sharing Mars’ potential for life, Saturn’s fantastic rings or Uranus unfortunate name, it’s often an overlooked planet, which is kind of a shame. It’s the biggest planet in the solar system, it’s mass being as much as two […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Our Moon

The cosmos is fantastic. Such beauty lie in such basic features as the craters of our own gray moon, constantly hanging in the sky and freaking me out. This picture may not look so different from many other fantastic Moon photos out there, not to mention the Chinese moon map I wrote about last month, but click […]