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99% Full Moon

This beautifully sharp image of the Moon was captured on the 5th December, when the Moon was 99% illuminated. The photo is a stack of the best 75% of 86 shots, taken with a Nikon D5300 on a Celestron ED80. The images were then stacked in Registax with minor processing in CS6. The crater Tycho is the prominent impact crater on the right, with streams of ejecta rays up to 1500km long. Tycho is a relatively young crater, estimated to be approx 108 million years old.
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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.

IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar 2015 On-Sale NOW!

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.

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!

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