Astronomy Facts

New images of the Martian surface

These are some pretty cool pictures a friend of mine showed me. So cool in fact that I thought I’d show all of you! The images are from NASA. Some from a telescope but most from space probes in orbit around the planet. It just goes to show you that no matter where you go, art is everywhere! I hope you enjoy them.


Astronomy Fact : New solar system forming!

I have a new fact for you but for this one I’m not going to tell you about it. I’m going to let you see it for yourself. Here it is, it’s pretty interesting. What you’re looking at as they explain is the edge on view of a solar system being born. You can see the star in the center of it and the disc of dust circling around it. It’s easiest to see if you pause for a sec to get a good look at it.

Astronomy Fact

As I’m sure you’ve all guessed by now, I’m a huge fan of space art. Well why is that? I’ve talked about it in a couple of my older posts but the answer is astronomy. Both today and as a kid I’m mesmerized by astronomy. I love its ability to let the imagination roam as well as a lot of the history and facts behind different aspects of it. I wanted to start sharing some quick facts with everyone from time to time just as a way to have a little fun and maybe even let you in on some things you may not have known.

My first fact I wanted to share is a simple one. Who invented the telescope? Well, I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re either thinking you have absolutely no idea or maybe you’re thinking it was Galileo, in either case let me give you the right answer. The telescope was invented by a German man named Hans Lippershey in 1608. At least that’s the year that he submitted a patent for the invention.

Lippershey was a spectacle maker living in the Netherlands in the 1590’s. The Italians came up with some new glass making techniques which soon found their way around Europe. These new techniques gave some people ideas about how to combine lenses to do things other than sit on your face. Many telescope designs were seen around the same time period but Lippershey was the only one who applied for a patent so as far as we know he was the first. He gets credit for inventing the telescope but it was still Galileo who first used a telescope for astronomical purposes.

I hope this gave you a bit of useless information that you didn’t already know. I’ll try to post something similar each week and maybe you’ll have a pool full of useless knowledge that you can try to impress your friends with!