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AUIT's End of the Year review, Part One for January—March 2009

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I hope all who visit this site will find it helpful, educational, provocative and interesting — it's creation has certainly been all that and more for meKen Pinkela


NOW POSTED...Publication No. 3, Part One for August—September

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Astronomical — Scientific Based Space Art — Verne to Modern Times — Artists


The New Updates - End of the Year News

Howdy folks! Well, Historical Bytes have been fully updated and posted. I hope they are a worthy read. The news feed right has been an excellent addition (I now use it myself!) and so will remain. I am currently in the process of a End of the Year page and after that is completed, will take some time off for the holidays. I will return to positing at this site in Jan 2010 with part two of Art and Artists of the Universe. So as usual ... Happy Holidays, Be Good and Take Care Everyone, Everywhere ... Ciao!



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On line Education & Outreach, Astronomy Lab 101L at the University of New Mexico


AUIT's Site of the Month For July & August

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CCD Astrophotography with Richard Yandrick


Cieli liberi ed osservazione felice!   Ясные небеса и счастливый просмотр!   Σαφείς ουρανοί και ευτυχής εξέταση!   ¡Cielos claros y visión feliz!   Freie Himmel und glückliche Betrachtung!   Clear skies and happy viewing!


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Places to Check Out

  • Stars, Galaxies & Nebulae — this is what I've learned about these stellar wonders from around the world of science and astronomy; much of it as told by scientists and astronomers
  • Historical Bytes — a continuing history of Tycho, Kepler, Galileo and the Church
  • News Page — news worthy items from around the world of astronomy
  • Auit's monthly Publication — a featured article on one particular stellar object from discovery to current research
  • And, if you have the time then you may also want to check out the "Links and Credits" page where you'll find a nicely categorized listing of sites: simulations, astrophotography, art, on line observatories, educational sites with software you can download and links to the individuals who have generously allowed their own work to be used on this site. And please remember: if you wish to use anything from this site that is not in the public domain please contact me or the credited individual because asking permission is an absolutely risk-free-no-obligation courtesy! Thank you.

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Found in the Constellation Orion and part of the ORION B molecular cloud is the stellar object known as the Flame Nebula. This nebula shines as a result of the ultraviolet light, from the nearby star Alnitak, which is exciting the electrons within the hydrogen gas of the cloud — ionization. When the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine they give off the visual light primarily at a wavelength of 656.3 nanometers, thus giving hydrogen emission nebulae their characteristic red color. Image by Ken Pinkela, Copyright © 2008