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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 4 days 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.

Epic.

Check out John's website here: http://www.galacticimages.com







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About 4 days 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:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schmitzcory/





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About 11 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?







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About 13 weeks ago My final photo of Venus, about 8 hours before Inferior Conjunction. It is still noon here, but layers of clouds are forming up, making the seeing worse every minute.

But around 12.30 pm local noon time,  there was a brief of good seeing, and probably the best one so far. Suits nicely as a parting shot. 

Even without stretching the original photo, we can easily see how the crescent has reach beyond 180 degrees around Venus. 



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About 5 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.



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About 12 weeks ago Hey Kids! Explore the Cosmos and Conquer Space!

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

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About 14 weeks ago and........ it's almost breaking the <1% barrier!

Venus, today, Tuesday 7 Jan 2014, 0330 UTC

Only 1% illuminated, and 8.1deg from the Sun!

Sky condition today wasn't as good as yesterday. Pretty bad turbulence and layers of thin clouds everywhere

Super-thin!







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About 13 weeks ago What's On The Other Side of a Black Hole?

Have you ever imagined what's on the other side of a black hole? Where would you go if you jumped in? To another dimension? A higher state of consciousness? 

Climb aboard your space dragon and let's find out together.

http://www.universetoday.com/14068/what-is-on-the-other-side-of-a-black-hole/

Co-spaghettified with +Jason Harmer 
+Jason Harmer








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About 10 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.

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About 7 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.

http://www.universetoday.com/109593/could-jupiter-become-a-star/