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Saturn and Small Companions

09 September 2007
NASA recently published a spectacular image of Saturn, the ringed giant, and two of its big family of moons, acquired by the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft. The two moons are in conjunction, shimmering on opposite sides of the planet's graceful rings.

Golden Sunset over Alexandria

08 September 2007
On 4 September 2007, BA Senior Astronomy Specialist, Aymen Ibrahem, observed sunset and evening twilight. He took numerous photos, recording the fascinating optical atmospheric phenomena that gleamed in the sky of Alexandria during the observation.

A New Imaging Technique Yields Stunning Images of the Cosmos

06 September 2007
A team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), applied a technique known as “Lucky Imaging” to obtain the sharpest pictures of stars and nebulae ever produced. The images, taken at a ground-based observatory, are of a resolution higher than even those of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and 50 times less expensive.

A Cloud and Its Shadow

05 September 2007
On 4 September 2007, BA Senior Astronomy Specialist, Aymen Ibrahem, was observing the Sun, which was declining in the Western horizon. Beautiful low-altitude clouds were drifting in the sky. Ibrahem recorded interesting images of the fascinating patterns of crepuscular rays and cloud shadows that resulted due to the passage of clouds in front of the Sun.

Spitzer Detects Water Vapor in a Young Star System

04 September 2007
"On Earth, water arrived in the form of icy asteroids and comets. Water also exists mostly as ice in the dense clouds that form stars," said Watson. "Now we have seen that water, falling as ice from a young star system's envelope to its disk, actually vaporizes on arrival. This water vapor will later freeze again into asteroids and comets."

A Killer Flower

03 September 2007
On the morning of 13 August 2007, BA Senior Astronomy Specialist, Aymen Ibrahem, was exercising wildlife photography, his favorite hobby. Ibrahem recorded a breathtaking scene: a highly camouflaged giant crab spider predating on a bee.

Sugar Power for Cell Phones

03 September 2007
Drinking sugary soda gives you a burst of energy. Some day, sugar might power electronic equipment as well.

Space Observatory Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

01 September 2007
Celebrating the 4th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), the Spitzer website recently published a new image of the Helix Nebula, the spectacular colorful remains of a dead Sun-like star.

A Trio of Moons Near Saturn's Rings

31 August 2007
NASA recently published a new spectacular Cassini spacecraft image. The image shows three of Saturn's intriguing moons hovering near the planet's graceful rings.

A Spectacular Sunset Wows Sky Observer

29 August 2007
On 14 August 2007, the weather was mild, and the western horizon was clear. It was an opportunity for BA Senior Astronomy Specialist, Aymen Ibrahem, to record a fascinating sunset phenomenon, the green flash effect. Ibrahem observes sunset daily, as part of his work on optical atmospheric phenomena.

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