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Fraser Cain

Publisher of Universe Today and Product Manager for HeroX.com

I'm the publisher of Universe Today and the co-host of Astronomy Cast.
Most recently, I've become the Product Manager for HeroX, a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding platform for incentive challenges, an offshoot of the XPrize Foundation.

We're doing all kinds of really cool stuff here on Google+, like live streaming telescopes into Google+ Hangouts with our Virtual Star Parties, interviewing astronomers and space scientists. If you want to see our upcoming events, visit the Cosmoquest Hangouts page.

If you want to improve your Google+ experience, I highly recommend you import my Super Science Circle.
I've also got a lot of experience running Hangouts on Air here on G+. If you want to do the same, here's my handy guide of Tips and Tricks for Hangouts on Air.







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About 10 weeks ago The Heart of the Milky Way by +Cory Schmitz

You're looking at the very heart of the Milky Way as seen by Cory Schmitz from Karoo in Africa. Cory captured this in April, 2014, using a Canon 5D MkII with a 24-70mm lens. Here’s Cory’s Flickr feed, where you can see more of his amazing images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/schmitzcory/ and he’s @theastroshake on Twitter.

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About 4 days ago Woodpecker died doing what he loved... pecking wood

I noticed this strange growth on the side of my big maple tree. Turns out, it's a dead woodpecker. I'm not sure if you can see, but he's literally hanging on by a single claw.

How this guy died? I have no idea, but it must have been pretty quiet, for him to still be hanging on the tree.



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About 14 weeks ago Spring Photo Walk

It's almost nice weather here on Vancouver Island, but the place is already getting really green. I did my regular walk through the forest and tried to capture this temperate rainforest.

Oh, and I spotted a garter snake. :-)



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About 6 weeks ago I’ve got a new job, and it’s pretty cool.

One of the most exciting things to happen in the field of private spaceflight is the Ansari XPrize. This was the $10 million prize organized by Peter Diamandis for the first private spacecraft to reach 100 km altitude, twice in two weeks, while carrying the equivalent of 3 passengers.

The prize was won in 2004, and helped boost the private space industry.

The XPrize Foundation has gone on to create a series of prizes in oil cleanup, lunar landers, low carbon emission vehicles, and more.

But the age of the internet, it makes sense that these kinds of incentive challenges could be crowdsourced and crowdfunded.

Imagine if a large enough group of people could come together, pool their resources, and issue a challenge that would inspire competitors to solve it.

And so, the XPrize has spun off a new company to figure out how to do this: http://HeroX.com.

The goal with HeroX is that anyone can come
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About 4 weeks ago Stormy skies over Louisiana

I'm down in Louisiana and captured a bunch of quick photos of the stormy sky. I had to stop after 8 pictures because then the rain started.

I was hoping Google would #autoawesome  them into a sequence. Wish fulfilled.



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About 11 weeks ago Star trails from +Tanja Sund

Take a look at this wonderful star trails picture captured by +Tanja Sund in South Africa. This image was taken using a Canon 5D MkIII camera and a 14mm lens and contains 206 separate images stitched together.

The little hole in the wood and the "arms" stretched skyward was a nice touch.

You can follow Tanja here on Google+, of course, but also over on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/astro-tanja/

And here's her website: http://www.astrotanja.com/







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About 13 weeks ago Ever have a book that changed the way you looked at the world?  For me, that book was Our Universe by Roy A Gallant.
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About 8 weeks ago Cool video about Triton

For their final video in Moon May, the folks at +Kurzgesagt have released a new animation, this time about Neptune's moon Triton. It's a bizarre world that orbits backwards from the rest of the moons in the system, and might very well be a captured Kuiper belt object.

I love this series. :-)



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About 6 weeks ago Oops

This bee picked the wrong flower to feed from and ended up getting caught in this spider's web. It tore the web up, but the spider won the fight and got it snared up enough to start feeding.

Amazingly, I only had my Nexus 4 to capture this scene, and it did a great job.



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About 2 weeks ago Can anyone identify these mystery berries?

I'm really familiar with all the edible berries here on Vancouver Island, but I ran into this berry bush on a walk today. It looked very raspberry like, but I'd never seen it before.

I don't think it was a blackberry bush, I'm familiar with all the different varieties we get here.

Berries were delicious, and so far... not poisonous. :-)