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May/June 2013
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Amateur variable star observers
solve dwarf nova mystery

Observations by members of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) have helped to solve a mystery regarding the SS Cygni variable star and correct a measurement made of it with the Hubble telescope: Astrophile: Hobbyist stakeout solves dwarf [...] Read the rest of this entry...

Planet Hunter citizen scientists confirmed
exoplanet in star's habitable zone

Earlier this year participants in the Planet Hunters citizen science project confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence the discovery of a Jupiter-sized planet called PH2b orbiting within the "habitable zone" of its star, the range where earth-like planets could have liquid water [...] Read the rest of this entry...

Looking in on the Zooniverse
citizen science space projects

A scan of of what's happening with the space related citizen science projects at Zooniverse: Galaxy Zoo – To understand how galaxies formed participants help to classify them according to their shapes. Next GZ Hangout: Thursday, May 9th, 15:00 GMT [...] Read the rest of this entry...

Mars One receives 78,000 applications
in 2 weeks for Mars settlement

The Mars One organization released this announcement on Tuesday: 78,000 sign up for one-way mission to Mars Amersfoort, 7th May 2013 Just two weeks into the nineteen week application period, more than seventy-eight thousand people have applied to the [...] Read the rest of this entry ...


Space Art Spotlight

Cosmos by Robert R. Bowen

Cosmic Ocean by Robert R. Bowen
Cosmic Ocean

Desert Night by Robert R. Bowen
Desert Night

Eve Redux by Robert R. Bowen
Eve Redux
Ice Tower by Robert R. Bowen
ice Tower

Robert R. Bowen
More space art...

Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

The Virtual SpaceTV 3D show with Amanda Bush is back in action after an extended interruption due to technical difficulties. In the June show, Amanda reports on the first rocket powered SpaceShipTwo flight, the latest activities of the Curiosity rover on Mars, the biggest hop yet of the SpaceX Grasshopper reusable booster, and the Planetary Resources Kickstarter campaign:


Other Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

The Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are created by BINARY SPACE ( with story content from These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Here are the previous two shows in the Virtual SpaceTV 3D series:

Virtual SpaceTV 3D - February 2013
Virtual SpaceTV 3D - January 2013
Space Music Video of the Month


Space Oddity
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed this cover of David Bowie's famous
space song while on the International Space Station. The setting is spectacular.
Previous space music in spotlight

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Goes Supersonic on First Rocket Powered Flight

In development by Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites for nearly nine years since SpaceShipOne went to space in 2004, the much larger SpaceShipTwo rocket powered suborbital space tourism vehicle flew under rocket power on April 29, 2013. Previously it had only glided back for a landing after release from the dual-hulled WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane during several tests over the past couple of years. On this powered flight it exceeded Mach 1:


The plan is to carry out a series of powered flights, each going faster and higher until the SS2 reaches 100 kilometers, the threshold of space. If all goes well, Virgin Galactic will begin taking ticketholders to space next year. Over 570 people have bought rides on the SS2 so far.


Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
Space Transport News Blog
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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Sun and Space Weather
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Aurora, Meteors & Fireballs Data
Aurora, Meteors & Fireballs
Real time images, charts and data displays

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April 13 - July 13

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