Advent of astronomy

By Phil Plait | December 6, 2010 7:00 am

If you like astronomy pictures, but hate getting too many at once, then may I suggest a few astronomical advent calendars?

The (fantabulous) Big Picture is once again doing its Hubble Advent Calendar, featuring one amazing Hubble image every day until Christmas.

Speaking of which, the Hubble people have printable holiday cards featuring images on them, and they’re free!

emily_adventday1And if you prefer your advents closer to home, Emily at The Planetary Society blog is doing one as well with solar system objects. Bonus: hers runs through January 1st! I’ve included a small version of her first pick here. Know what it is? Go to Emily’s page and find out!

Finally, the good folks at Zooniverse have a fun advent calendar that’s interactive; roll over the window to reveal the picture. Try to look at a future one and it just gives you a question mark! So no peeking.

I like this idea: it’s good way to promote astronomy and science, and makes people come back for more!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Pretty pictures

Comments (7)

  1. Ron1

    Astronomy pics are always a joy – more please.

  2. Nigel Depledge

    The BA said:

    And if you prefer your advents closer to home, Emily at The Planetary Society blog is doing one as well with solar system objects. Bonus: hers runs through January 1st!

    Huh?

    So, wouldn’t that be more of a “December” calendar than an Advent calendar? IIUC, Advent rather famously ends at midnight on the 24th December.

  3. Merijn Vogel

    Always nice, more astronomy pictures. My wife bought us a cheap telescope and we can advice everyone to do so. Tens of dollars / euros isn’t that much, but seeing the light that has been reflected off the surface of Jupiter and his moons, captured by your own eye, is really awesome. Now saving money for a nicer scope :-) Just wanted to share our joy

  4. Messier Tidy Upper

    I like this idea: it’s good way to promote astronomy and science, and makes people come back for more!

    Me too – thanks! :-)

    I’ll put this on facebook & forward it on.

    @3. Nigel Depledge :

    So, wouldn’t that be more of a “December” calendar than an Advent calendar? IIUC, Advent rather famously ends at midnight on the 24th December.

    It does? ;-)

    Okay, technically, your correct – although, of course, it technically also starts up again every year & thus never “ends” completely – but I’m not complaining! :-D

  5. Nigel Depledge

    @ MTU (5) –
    Maybe I should have said “within each year” to forestall such nitpicks. But that would have denied you the joy of nitpicking, so it could be I was double-bluffing . . .

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