Saturn partially in shadow

Astronomy for the Common Folk

Stargazing by xkcd

Love this comic by xkcd. They titled it “Stargazing“. I think I prefer “Astronomy for the Common Folk”.

On a related note, I was recently up at 2am with our son taking a walk in a nearby park to help him ease a persistent cough in the cool air and we were talking about the stars, Saturn’s rings and other bodies in our cosmic neighbourhood.

I bought the Star Walk 2 app (and, before that, Star Walk) and it is a great augmented reality app that gives you a sort of overlay over the stars you point your phone or tablet at. Great app to identify the things we see in the night sky. Another option is the Star Walk for Kids app which has more cartoonish imagery for kids.

Image credit: A Long Night Falls Over Saturn’s Rings from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, licensed CC BY 2.0






2 responses to “Astronomy for the Common Folk

  1. Jamaaludeen Khan avatar,2013:701712499469516801_favorited_by_12909522

    Jamaaludeen Khan

  2. Paul avatar

    A spectacular view of the stars in deserted places.

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