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Fraser Cain

Publisher of Universe Today, a site about space and astronomy.

I'm the publisher of Universe Today and the co-host of Astronomy Cast.
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 1 week ago Aurora near Fairbanks by John Chumack

One of my favorite astrophotographers, +John Chumack spent some time in March capturing insane pictures of the Aurora Borealis in Alaska. Here's a widefield view of the Alaskan sky, with an amazing aurora painted across the heavens.

Just to get an idea of the size and scope of this, John labeled some of the stars and constellations. Mars is in there too.


Check out John's website here:

About 5 days ago First Test Flight of the F9R

Stop what you're doing and watch this video of the F9R rocket taking off, rising to an altitude of 250 meters, and then landing again. Each time we see one of these tests, SpaceX is getting closer to the dream of a reusable spacecraft.

I love the hexacopter footage... where do I get one of these?

Thanks to +Alessondra Springmann 

About 3 days 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. :-)

About 1 week ago The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds by +Cory Schmitz

Well, I don't know about you, but I don't recognize these objects in my skies. That's because they're not visible from here in Canada. But +Cory Schmitz is down in South Africa, and captured these stunning images of the Large and Small Magellanic clouds.

If you want to see more of Cory's work, you should check out his Flickr page too:

About 12 weeks ago We've been broadcasting our existence for hundreds of millions of years

It's interesting to think that the Earth has been broadcasting life's presence here for hundreds of millions of years, since oxygen first started to accumulate in our atmosphere in large quantities. Any alien looking at the Earth with a powerful enough telescope would have noticed the excess oxygen and assumed there was life here.

But in the last few hundred years, with the rise of our industrial civilization, the evidence would be overwhelming. All the air pollution we put into the atmosphere would be a clear signal, not only for life, but for intelligent life.

And so, with the James Webb telescope and future observatories, we'll be able to search the galaxy for these chemicals, and answer the question once and for all:

Are we alone?

About 6 weeks ago Rotating Sun from NASA/SDO

Take a look at this visualization that +Kevin Gill did of the Sun slowly rotating during the month of January, 2014. You can see it in all the different wavelengths simultaneously, captured by NASA's SDO.

Specifically, take a look at that sunspot group in visual light (upper left) and then see how it looks in the other wavelengths.

About 13 weeks ago Hey Kids! Explore the Cosmos and Conquer Space!

This is hanging on the wall in my local coffee shop.

About 6 days ago April 16th's Spotty Sun

The weather is being unseasonably kind to us here in the United Kingdom; indeed walking to work at 15:30 BST this afternoon in jeans and a t-shirt is somewhat rare at this time of year.

Thanks to the odd (but nice) weather, I was able to have my telescope set up for a few hours this morning; - I could get used to being a daylight astronomer, no tripping over cables, no freezing cold hands and no need to be accurate with alignment, indeed if it hadn't been for work, I suspect a few beers would have made it in to the session.

I am a layman when it comes to solar imaging, indeed I've not had many attempts at photographing the Sun, and every time I do, I learn something new, or have to rethink my expectations.

It's worth fighting through the mistakes, hardware glitches or horrible seeing conditions; every time I look at the Sun, it's different - and yes, whilst it's reasonable to argue that the planets and the Moon look di
About 11 weeks ago The Brightest Things in the Universe are Caused by the Darkest Objects

Here's a great new video from +Vsauce about the brightest objects in the Universe. And he makes the fascinating connection of how the brightest objects in the sky - quasars - are caused by the darkest objects: black holes.

About 8 weeks ago Could Jupiter Become a Star?

Here's my latest video, made with +Jason Harmer, where we investigate the crazy idea that Jupiter is just one spacecraft collision way from igniting as a star.