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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 9 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 13 weeks 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 





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About 1 day 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 13 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 14 weeks 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
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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. :-)