Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand (Aotearoa) celebration. 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 following the rising of the star cluster. In 2021 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New …

Milky Way

Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Milky Way over the Desert 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 Way Has Giant …


Poster We have been big fans of Flickr – – the user-generated photography website which launched in February 2004. This pioneering social web site rewards interaction and offers access to Creative Commons-licensed images. Key Linksflickr.comcookie policysubscription information (FAQ) Questions Is Flickr worth a pro subscription? Specifics – Would you trust connecting your Flickr account …


Photo: Martin Heigan, M45 Pleiades = a conspicuous cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus that includes six stars in the form of a very small dipper Also see: Headlinespleiades-star-cluster-enjoys-worldwide-renown Photos Hawai’iPu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument


Photo: Kepler 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 Wikipedia RAVE_(survey)Pulsar


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

Data Release #2 from Gaia

Image: #GaiaMission 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 the satellite) orbiting the …