Accuracy improvements

The algorithm according to which real time distances and speeds are computed by TheSkyLive has been changed and improved in accuracy. This is a summary of the changes. Before: Speed values indicated the rate of change of the distance from ths Sun and Earth. That’s why, as some users reported, the speed of comet ISON…

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy has developed a wonderful tail

While ISON is approaching the Sun in the next few days and is currently invisible, Comet C/2013 Lovejoy is easily observable in the northern emisphere before the dawn, in the constellation of Canes Venatici, This picture (6 minutes exposure through a 10mm diameter astrograph), was taken on November 24 at 4:00 UTC. Despite the Moon…

Picture of Comet V/2012 V2 (LINEAR) on Nov 23 2013

The comet appears as a faint nebulosity in the rich star field of the Crux constellation. This image has been taken using the 510mm f4.4 telescope of the iTelescope Australian observatory in Siding Spring. Exposure time: 300 seconds, luminance filter. Additional information about about C/2012 V2 LINEAR: Live position Ephemerides and sky charts

New print friendly option added to sky charts

It is now possible to switch between the “standard view” and a “print friendly view” of the sky charts. In the print friendly view, many of the interactive controls are hidden and layout is redistributed in order to leave more space to the chart. Switch between the two views using the links at bottom-right of…

Picture of asteroid 2005 FY9 Makemake

In this picture taken on Nov 21 2013,  the asteroid is transiting between the bright galaxy NGC 4725 (magnitude 10.10) and fainter galaxies NGC 4712 (magnitude 13.30) and PGC 8643. The asteroid, distant 7,829,862,500 km from Earth, is around magnitude 17, barely visible in this picture taken in not ideal conditions because of Moon’s luminosity. Asteroid Makemake is one of the objects…