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March 21, 2014

Bring Astronomy on your wrist

Dear readers and followers,

If you are looking for a amazing gift or simply for yourself and that you want to bring some astronomy with you Jacob & Co. proposes THE WATCH you need! The creation called Astronomia Tourbillon includes a dial for the time (that remains upright in all positions as it moves around the main dial) a rotating representation of the earth, a spinning spherical crystal (perhaps a diamond), and lastly, an impressive looking bi-axial tourbillon. 

Credit: Jacob & Co

This is all based on a wonderful looking planetary gear arrangement that any engineering student (or watchmaker) would be proud to have as their term project. Enjoy this video:

Credit: Jacob & Co
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March 20, 2014

Dance of stars in the night sky over the Po delta

Credit: Dave sixtyfour 

This Startrail has been set in the "Sacca di Scardovari", a lagoon, where they are grown mussels and clams, of the Po River located in the northeast of Italy in the province of Rovigo. Over 200 shots has been combined with the software "startrails." and the exposure of each shot is about 25-30 seconds.

March 18, 2014

Extraordinary discovery of the gravitational waves: The Big Band Theory

Dear readers and followers,

yesterday US scientific community announced a huge event about the Big Bang theory: Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, that put the "bang" in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. The team led by J. M. Kovac reported that they detected ripples in the fabric of space time, called gravitational waves. These waves has been identify to be the signature of a universe being wrenched violently apart when it was roughly a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old, so quite short time.

Credit: By Karl Tate

The data obtained with telescope at the South Pole obtained 3 years ago has been analysed many and many time with the aim to verify all the possible hypothesis. 
This discovery could be one of the most extraordinary discovery. the Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb compares this discovery to a 1998 observation that opened the window on mysterious dark energy which won the Nobel price in 2011.
Enjoy this video explaining the discovery of gravitational waves.

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March 16, 2014

Successful launch of Proton-M rocket with Russian AT1 and AT2 communication satellites

Dear readers and followers,

2 days ago, the space rocket, Proton-M was ready on its launch pad at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The payload was two satellites of communication, built for the Russian Satellite Communications Company Express AT1 and Express AT2.

Credit: Russian Space Agency Roscosmos

If you missed the successfully, enjoy this video proposed from our Event: The rocket carried two communications satellites into orbit. 
AT1 satellite will be positioned at 56 degrees East with 32 Ku-Band transponders to cover Russia. In an other hand, the AT2 satellite will be positioned at 140 degrees.

Credit: SpaceVidNet

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