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We’re looking for images you’ve taken of your sky—whether those images are of galaxies captured through a telescope or perhaps pictures of an incredible night sky, an eclipse, a star party, or a rocket launch. We can’t guarantee that we’ll publish every image and story—but we will look at each and every one and will showcase as many as possible here on our website and a few might make it to our magazine, The Planetary Report. We look forward to seeing your Sky. Share Your Sky »

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 MY SKY Images from Our Members

Double Rainbow

Double rainbow on my way home from work in Orange County, California.

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Yukon Moon

The moon and it's reflection at Fox Lake in Yukon Canada-September 2011.

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Close Up comet PanStarrs

Close up of comet PANSTARRS from Valencia, Spain.

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

Star Wars made a geek out of me.

by Wes A.

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

As a kid, my parents were very adamant that I should read and not rot my precious meat computer in front of the TV watching music videos and playing video games. As a gift to help encourage that, my parents gave me paperback copy of the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope. I've dreamed of piloting a space craft, meeting alien races, exploring the secrets of the space, and traveling the Universe ever since.

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How many satellites have we put in orbit?

by Silvio Casagrande

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Good Day! A couple of days ago I gave a presentation to remember Yuri Gagarin's first manned Space Flight a the school of my kids. In the presentation for the 7 to 11 years old I received a lot of interesting questions (my toughest audience ever ;-) and one I'm not able to answer or know how to find a response. I found this: http://www.universetoday.com/42198/how-many-satellites-in-space/ and keep this one in My Favourite Links: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/09281400-whats-up-october-2012.html But is there any good number? Rockets launched that the payload reached orbit? Satellites outside Earth orbit? Military versus Scientific versus Commercial? Manned versus unmanned? Thanks ... more »

Six decades of observing

by Thomas P. Busemeyer

May 20, 2013 | 1 comments

At age 18 in 1950 I purchased my first telescope--a 4" aperature Edmund Scientific reflector. What absolute joy it brought to my eyes!

Some years later I viewed beautiful Saturn through a star party member's 8 inch homemade reflector. I was struck enlightened (if not dumb). I later purchased a Goto Mfg. Co. 60 mm refractor ---a true jewel which set me to start a log book of observed items which I still keep up using my Meade ETX 125 in my home built 8'-0" diameter domed observatory.

Having gotten a BS in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (1958) my senior ... more »

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