Images: Stargazing Round the Clock

Science  15 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5695, pp. 383e
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5695.383e

You don't have to wait until dark to check out the stars, thanks to The Night Sky Live. A network of 10 cameras situated from Israel to Hawaii to South Africa snaps photos from dusk to dawn and beams them back to the site. The project from astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff of the Michigan Technological University in Houghton and colleagues captures the entire sky but doesn't have the resolution of larger telescopes. However, researchers can download the raw data to glean information on visibility, cloud cover, and the positions of bright objects. Casual visitors can compare the current images with star maps or join in discussions with Nemiroff and other habitués about interesting objects in recent shots.

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