Archive for November, 2009

nasa, observational astronomy, mininova alternatives

Monday, November 30th, 2009

STS-129 Ascent Video Highlights

I love it when NASA does this sort of thing… have a watch, it’s really good.
Here’s a direct download of the 400mb 640×480 mpeg file.

On another note it is probably worth mentioning that I saw Neptune for the first time with my 25×100 binoculars a couple of weeks ago (well, a few months ago)… and yes, it is blue!
I also saw the Galilean moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.  They were just dots, but still it was amazing. The binoculars were strong enough, though, to show Jupiter quite clearly as a small disc rather than a dot too.

This week the wonderful Mininova service has also gone tits-up (for all intents and purposes anyway). I’m using alternatives such as and… not sure where to get movies though. TPB?

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