Flickr

Logo We have been big fans of Flickr – flickr.com – the user-generated photography website which launched in February 2004. This pioneering social web site offers access to Creative Commons-licensed images. Key Linksflickr.comcookie policysubscription information (FAQ) Three words to describe Flickr: Eye candy, Creative Commons-friendly, User-generated Flickr Commons Revitalizationflickr.orgThe Flickr Commons program was launched in …

Gaia Spacecraft

Image: Gaia Mission (Some rights reserved) Launched in 2013 to chart the sky to unprecedented accuracy, the Gaia spacecraft has obtained more than one trillion individual observations so far. Observing each star repeatedly, Gaia can measure its parallax – the apparent motion on the sky which is really caused by Earth (or in this case …

Matariki

Photo: pbkwee, 2012 (Some rights reserved) Matariki is a pinnacle celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hashtag: #Matariki This year the festivities become an annual public holiday. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon …

Pleiades

Photo: Martin Heigan, M45 (Some rights reserved) Pleiades = a conspicuous cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus that includes six stars in the form of a very small dipper Also see: Matariki Headlinespleiades-star-cluster-enjoys-worldwide-renown Embedded Tweets Indigenous Australian artist Alma Nungarrayi Granites, Star or Seven Sisters Dreaming, 2016 Photos Hawai’iPu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument …

Stars

Photo: Kepler (Some rights reserved) Star = An object in the sky that sends out its own light, generated by nuclear reactions in its center Headlinesastronomers glimpse signposts of universe’s first stars Photos Betelgeuse WikipediaRAVE_(survey)Pulsar Planeta.com

Milky Way

Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Milky Way over the Desert (Some rights reserved) Milky Way = the galaxy that contains our solar system HeadlinesA stream of nearly 500 stars in the Milky Way is actually a family – CNNThe New History of the Milky Way – QuantaWhere is the sun located in the Milky Way?The Milky …

Constellations

Photo Constellation = a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. Modern astronomers divide the sky into eighty-eight constellations with defined boundaries. Artwork Planeta.com