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IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2016 On-Sale NOW!

by Mike Salway

The IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2016 is now available for sale via the IceInSpace Shop!

This is your calendar! With images submitted by IceInSpace members, and winning images chosen by the IceInSpace Community, the calendar showcases the brilliant talent we have on offer.

The calendar features 12 great images of our night sky, and provides a nightly guide to what’s visible in the sky. The calendar also includes a summary of the year indicating best time to view the planets, as well as maps showing planetary alignments in the pre-dawn and post-sunset sky. It also includes monthly star charts, moon phases, conjunctions, eclipses and other major events as well as school holidays for all Australian states.

SAVE: Order 2 or more calendars (of the Astronomy 2016 or the 2016 Southern Sky Calendar) and receive 20% off!

The calendar makes a fantastic gift – for yourself, your friends and family. Whether they’re hardcore amateur astronomers, have a casual interest in the night sky, or just like looking at pretty pictures, this calendar will be a great addition to any wall, kitchen cupboard or workplace cubicle.

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IceInSpace Calendar Competition 2016 Winners Announced!


After running the IceInSpace Calendar Competition during June and July 2015, over 250 images were submitted and after over 1200 votes by the extended IceInSpace Community, the winning images have now been chosen by you!

View the Winning Images!

Your IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2016 will be on sale in the IceInSpace Shop from late August/early September. So buy plenty of calendars for yourself, your family and friends, work colleagues etc :)

Congrats to all winners and thanks to the IceInSpace Community for your part in making this competition a success.

Many thanks to David at Astrovisuals for teaming up with me for another year and helping me to make this idea become a reality!

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Voting for the IceInSpace Calendar Competition for 2016 is now open!


Voting for the IceInSpace Calendar Competition for 2016 is now open! Just by voting, you can win a prize pack valued at $100. Click here to vote!

So it's over to you! During May and June, we had some of IceInSpace's best astrophotographers submit their images. We had an amazing response, with 276 images submitted by 65 different photographers. The quality of images was absolutely stunning - we were blown away by the talent and will be pleased to feature ANY of those images in the 2016 calendar!

David (Astrovisuals) and I have now narrowed those images down to 3 in each category across 13 categories, and now it's up to you! You get to select your favourite images in each category, and the winning images will be used in the 2016 IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar.

So get voting, and please share the link with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.

http://iceinspace-calendar-2016.questionpro.com/

For more information, see the IceInSpace Calendar Competition Rules and Info Page.

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Announcing the IceInSpace Calendar Competition for 2015!


It's on again! Last year's Astronomy Calendar Competition was a huge success, with over 250 entries, 63 fantastic photographers, over 1000 votes cast and over 2500 calendars sold (400 via IceInSpace!), so we're running the competition again for 2016.

The IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar for 2016 will again be made up of images captured by and chosen by the IceInSpace community!

Yes - you can submit your images for the chance to appear in the calendar, and you get to vote for the final images that will make up the calendar!

For more information about how to submit your images and how to vote, check out the article here:

IceInSpace Calendar Competition 2016

Image submission opens on the 5th May, so start preparing and submit your images!

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The 2015 CWAS AstroFest Coming Up!


Sharing this news on behalf of John Sarkissian:

The Central West Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 CWAS AstroFest programme, to be held over the weekend of 18-19 July. You can also find below more ways to keep in touch and stay connected with the CWAS AstroFest.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers this year, including the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof. Brian Schmidt, who will present the keynote address, "The John Bolton Lecture". We are also incredibly pleased to announce two very special overseas speakers; world-renowned astrophotgrapher, and founder of "The World At Night", Babak Tafreshi, and Dr Everett Gibson of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Be sure to register for this exciting event. Go to the web site above and follow the links.

In addition, the 2015 CWAS "David Malin Awards" will be another highlight of the festival. See online for more:

So come along and enjoy the hospitality of the Central West and share with us this unforgettable astronomical experience.

John Sarkissian
2015 CWAS AstroFest
Local Organising Committee

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IISAC2015 Bookings and Registration Open!


Welcome to 2015! IISAC2015 is now less than 2 months away. Make sure you get those annual leave dates booked in and start earning those brownie points now! I've brought the party forward to March, ahead of Easter and the school holidays.

IIASC2015 is being held on the 19th-21st March 2015, again in the beautiful Hunter Valley region of NSW, at Lostock.

Find out more about IISAC2015 by clicking on the image below, or jump straight to registration at the IceInSpace Shop.

If you've never been to a star party before, if you've never seen the Milky Way under a dark sky, you just have to come along. It's a great event for the whole family - you don't need to own a telescope, and you don't need to be an IceInSpace member. Everyone is welcome, and I hope to see you there.

Click on the picture above to find out more information about the star party. To book your spot, register online here.

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Successful First Steps Back the Moon


Successful Orion Rocket Launch

NASA marked a major milestone Friday as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, travelling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work to pioneer deep space on our Journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
See video footage of the splashdown here.

The next launch is scheduled for 2018, unmanned again, it will circle the Moon. And if all goes well, the first manned mission is planned for 2021.
Sky & Telescope have done a comprehensive article with great pics including one that Orion cameras took of Earth from Space. Read it here.

- Suzy
Image Details:
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 at at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. The Orion spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one is aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars.
Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

New Horizons Wakes Up on Pluto's Doorstep

After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation on Dec. 6th for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system.

Operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that New Horizons, operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had switched from hibernation to “active” mode. Moving at light speed, the radio signal from New Horizons – currently more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, and just over 162 million miles from Pluto – needed four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia.
“This is a watershed event that signals the end of New Horizons crossing of a vast ocean of space to the very frontier of our solar system, and the beginning of the mission’s primary objective: the exploration of Pluto and its many moons in 2015,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.

Read more on Science@NASA by Dr Tony Phillips

SOARING - Northern Lights from Norway

This incredible 5 minute video has to be one of the best Aurora videos we've seen to-date. It was shot in Norway by photographer Ole C Salmonsen, using a Sony A7s camera. He says "All sequences are realtime video, no timelapse used. This film shows the auroras how they really are in real world, not like in most timelapses where they flicker in ridicilous speeds over the screen."

Drop what you're doing, and watch it now on Vimeo.


Thanks for reading! Keep looking up!

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A Bad Week for Space Flight


A bad week for Spaceflight

It's been a pretty bad week for Spaceflight.

First, an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket exploded just seconds after take-off, erupting into a huge fireball. The good news: No-one was harmed. It was an uncrewed vehicle; no people were on board and there were no injuries at the launch site. It was loaded with supplies and experiments for the International Space Station, and was Orbital's third such resupply mission.

At a cost of $200 million, it's certainly a set-back but hopefully investigations can uncover the cause quickly, fixes made and launches can get underway again. The crew on the ISS were in no danger; they have plenty of supplies onboard, and a Russian Progress vehicle was launched and took supplies to the ISS successfully just days later.

For more information and plenty of videos, check out Phil Plait's article: Antares Rocket Explodes on Take-off.

Secondly, just a few days later, the Virgin Galactic private suborbital rocket plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a major malfunction and crashed in the Mojave Desert. The co-pilot was killed and the pilot was seriously injured.
Investigations are still ongoing, but again Phil Plait has a nice piece on Slate which is a great read. Space flight is hard, but we must continue the journey!


Up to 30% off the IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar, in time for xmas!

Get 30% off your IceInSpace Calendars by ordering 2 or more calendars and using the coupon code 10PCTNEWS on the cart or checkout page!

What a great gift idea - affordable, easy to order, delivered to your door and suitable for the whole family.

Order online at the IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2015 page. Paypal or direct deposit accepted, and flat-rate delivery anywhere in the world.

Incredible view of Earth from the the far side of the Moon

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft rounded the lunar far side earlier this week, on the return leg of its journey to the moon and took this spectacular picture of the Earth over the far side of the Moon.

Captured on October 28, 2014, from Earth the phase of the moon was a waxing crescent. From the moon that day, the Earth was in a waning gibbous phase.

The Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft, which is testing lunar sample return technology, has rounded the lunar far side and is now on the return leg of its journey to the moon. It is landed back on Earth on Friday, October 31, 2014. See a bigger picture and read more on EarthSky.

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IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2015 On-Sale NOW!

by Mike Salway

The IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2015 is now available for sale via the IceInSpace Shop!

This is your calendar! With images submitted by IceInSpace members, and winning images chosen by the IceInSpace Community, the calendar showcases the brilliant talent we have on offer.

The calendar features 12 great images of our night sky, and provides a nightly guide to what’s visible in the sky. The calendar also includes a summary of the year indicating best time to view the planets, as well as maps showing planetary alignments in the pre-dawn and post-sunset sky. It also includes monthly star charts, moon phases, conjunctions, eclipses and other major events as well as school holidays for all Australian states.

SAVE: Order 2 or more calendars (of the Astronomy 2015 or the 2015 Southern Sky Calendar) and receive 20% off!

The calendar makes a fantastic gift – for yourself, your friends and family. Whether they’re hardcore amateur astronomers, have a casual interest in the night sky, or just like looking at pretty pictures, this calendar will be a great addition to any wall, kitchen cupboard or workplace cubicle.

more…

IceInSpace Calendar Competition 2015 Winners Announced!


After running the IceInSpace Calendar Competition during June 2014, over 220 images were submitted and after over 1000 votes by the extended IceInSpace Community, the winning images have now been chosen by you!

View the Winning Images!

Your IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2015 will be on sale in the IceInSpace Shop from late August. So buy plenty of calendars for yourself, your family and friends, work colleagues etc :)

Congrats to all winners and thanks to the IceInSpace Community for your part in making this competition a success.

Many thanks to David at Astrovisuals for teaming up with me for another year and helping me to make this idea become a reality!

Read the Full Story


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