Carnival of Space Image Credit: Jason Major

Well it’s been an amazing week for amateur astronomers here in South Africa.  After weeks of frantic last-minute preparations, the annual ScopeX telescope and astronomy expo ran without a hitch on Saturday, and I think it was a huge success.  We had a good turnout from the Amateur Telescope Making community, the astrophotography competition was well supported, and our special guests were a real hit with their talks in the auditorium.  Francis O’Reilly of the famous Stellafane telescope building club, flew in from the USA especially to see how we build ‘scopes here on the southern tip of Africa, and gave a talk about Stellafane.  Our other special guest, Thierry Legault, was flown in by the French Embassy and spoke on the photography of artificial satellites.  He should need no introduction, of course, but his images of the ISS occulting the Sun are world-renowned.  It was a real privilege to spend several hours in conversation with both men, and I hope to see them again in the future.

The Carnival of Space

But enough of this.  You’re here for the weekly Carnival of Space, a roving collection of the best writing on space science and astronomy, hosted by a new website every week.  Today it’s Urban Astronomer’s turn, and the fun starts here:

Let’s start things rolling with a collection of ten NASA press release images as selected and captioned by ASU to the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Flickr page. Images of Mars, Ceres, Pluto, Titan and Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Then, move along to regular host Universe Today:


From Planetaria:


From the official Chandra X-ray Telescope blog:


A bumper pack of articles by Next Big Future:


And finally, Links Through Space:


And there you have it! If you enjoyed this week’s carnival, please tell a friend – our various authors would love you to share their work.  Until next week then, clear skies and look up!

About Allen Versfeld

Allen is an amateur astronomer, an IT professional, a podcaster, a father of five beautiful kids and a barely competent chess player. He is also the director of the Astrophotography Section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where he coordinates and promotes the activities of people who are far better photographers than him.


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