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2012 Transit of Venus in Space Engine and Stellarium Astronomy Software

June 5-6, 2012 will be your last chance to see the Transit of Venus until the year 2117! In this video, using astronomy software Space Engine and Stellarium, I do my best to explain what a transit is, why it happens so infrequently and simulate what it will look like from various locations across the world. Much of the information here was found in Dr. Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog post about the transit, which also includes links to many online livestreams of the event: Thanks for watching! Please leave a “Like” if you liked this video, let me know what you think in the comments and subscribe for future videos like this! Space Engine: Stellarium:

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 2012 Astrology 21 Comments

Stellarium Sky Tour – May 2012 – Galaxies & May 20th Annular Solar Eclipse

My name is Kurt and I’m back in Stellarium for what will be a regular series on interesting astronomical sights and events you can view each month! In this video we take a quick tour of popular springtime objects, including many galaxies and some early views of summer observing targets. The planets Venus, Mars and Saturn are dominating the night skies and always worth taking a look at. On May 20th at sunset there will be an annular solar eclipse visible from the US, favoring those near the west coast. Information and maps for the May 20th eclipse: Get your solar eclipse glasses and support Astronomers Without Borders here: Stellarium is a free open source planetarium software available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It shows a realistic sky, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope from your location. Get Stellarium for free here: Click ‘Like’ to let me know if you want me to continue this series in Stellarium, ask questions in the comments and subscribe if you’d keep up with my channel! Background music Kevin MacLeod –

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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 2012 Astrology 25 Comments

Minecraft MindCrack Server #004 – Astronomer Enderman

Playing on Guude’s MindCrack SMP server, populated entirely by other Minecraft Let’s Play commentators. This is a private (whitelisted) server and is not currently accepting applications. In this episode I give an update on the MindCrack Royal Observatory and get to work finishing the rear rotunda. Rotunda. Rotunda. That’s a funny word. Thanks for watching! Like, favorite, subscribe and let me know what you think in the comments! Get Minecraft:

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012 2012 Astrology 24 Comments