Daily Archives: February 3, 2014

Lunar Time Lapse Panorama including Yutu Rover

Image Credit: CNSA, Chinanews, Kenneth Kremer & Marco Di Lorenzo

Where has the Yutu rover been on the Moon? Arriving in 2013 mid-December, the Chinese Yutu robotic rover has spent some of the past month and a half exploring Mare Imbrium on Earth’s Moon. Because it uses solar power, the mechanical Jade Rabbit goes into sleep mode to endure the two-week long lunar night. Pictured above is a digitally created time-lapse composite panorama showing the region surrounding the Chang’e 3 lander, capturing the desk-sized rover in three positions. On the far right, Yutu is seen heading south to investigate greener pastures, likely never to return to its lander again.

NASA APOD 03-Feb-2014

Jellyfish Nebula: Galactic supernova remnant


IC 443 (also known as the Jellyfish Nebula and Sharpless 248 (Sh2-248)) is a Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Gemini. On the plan of the sky, it is located near the star Eta Geminorum. Its distance is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth. IC 443 may be the remains of a supernova that occurred 3,000 – 30,000 years ago. IC 443 is an extended source, having an angular diameter of 50 arcmin (by comparison, the full moon is 30 arcmin across). At the estimated distance of 5,000 ly (1,500 parsec) from Earth, it corresponds to a physical size of roughly 70 light years (20 parsec).

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TecnoSky Apo 70/420
Imaging cameras: Atik 314L+ Mono
Mounts: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: TecnoSky Telescopio Guida 50/168
Guiding cameras: QHY5-II QHY-5 color
Focal reducers: GSO 0.75X
Software: Maxim DL 5 MaxIm DL Pro 5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Photoshop CS5
Filters: Baader H-alpha 7nm
Dates: Jan. 8, 2014
Frames: Baader H-alpha 7nm : 6×1200″ -10C bin 1×1

Autor: Domenico De Luca

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI

03 February 2014

We select the best works of amateur astrophotographers with details of equipment, shooting processing etc.