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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

Moon Surface

Detailed capture of lunar surface.

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Blue Moon

First shot through my Celestron Nexstar 6SE!

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Waxing Crescent

Waxing Crescent captured on April 5th 2014.

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

We are all astronomers

by Henry Towers

March 22, 2014 | 1 comments

The night sky lures us, as it always has. Some of us answer its call more vigorously than others, but we all hear it.

On a few occasions, I accompanied a friend of mine to a desolate spot off Southern California’s Ortega Highway, where we set up his small telescope.

I would assist him as he would make meticulous adjustments, and then point his instrument to several interesting targets.

We would then spend several hours peacefully contemplating the universe, much as our ancestors have done for as long as we have been human.

Unlike them, though, we did not have to resort to inventing ... more »

Gamma Ray Pulsar Discovery and The Planetary Society

by Hans Peter Tobler

February 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Dear fellow members: As a member of the Planetary Society team number crunching for Einstein@home I can proudly announce that my computer helped to discover the previously unknown 4.80 Hz Gamma Ray Pulsar J1932+1916 in data collected by the Fermi Gamma-Ray space telescope. The data were collected on 19 September 2011.

Given this example I would like to urge other Planetary Society members to join in the efforts of Einstein@home and SETI@home. There is significant chance that your efforts may lead to real scientific discovery!

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It started with a Moon

by Ben Haller

February 18, 2014 | 0 comments

As a child I always loved science fiction and my toys, as well as my favorite movies, reflected that intensely. Despite my love for space it wasn't until I was maybe 10 years old that I actually looked towards the sky.

Sure I'd seen the Moon and stars before but one night in particular I had borrowed my father's binoculars which were fairly nice since he was and still is an avid bird watcher. I decided to go outside and noticed a nearly full Moon was up in the high eastern sky. I went over to the hood of the car ... more »

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