27 March 2012


Have you seen the Moon lately?
Credit: KTY Toutatis Astronomy Club
Marbella, Spain.
As the triple conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter continues I walk the city to find perfect sites to photograph.

Click HERE to read the 7th post of our journey through astronomy in Southern Spain. 

HERE are some new Astrophotos for you to look at.

26 March 2012

SPAIN: Marbella where the Old meets the New

Marbella, Spain by night
Credit: KTY Toutatis Astronomy Club
(Click picture to enlarge)

Marbella, Spain.
The Astronomy Club Toutatis follows the coast to Marbella to search for Astronomy in every corner of this city. Bus drivers and Older women are all into Astronomy as I asked them about it during a trip in a local bus.
The narrow streets and the open plazas are exceptional for astrophotography. With help from a local guide named Raoul, He Stands out places for me to photograph. Watch new astrophotos and timelapses.

A word On a link I found on the net that is related to Marbella, I though I would mention it and see what follows of it.
The Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology is part of the Science Institute, University of Iceland. Its general goal is to advance knowledge of the Universe through research and education in astronomy and astrophysics...

24 March 2012

TimeLapse: Goodbye Cádiz SPAIN, we will never forget you!

As we move on through our journey in SPAIN, we say Goodbye to Cádiz! A special city to be in, Astronomically...
So with no more delays, The Astronomy Club of Kustavi, Toutatis present our latest TimeLapse. It sure put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
Photography & Editing: Stefan Lamoureux
Music: Kevin MacLoed

Look at our astrophotos from our journey in Spain HERE.
+ Timelapses of our Astronomy Club Toutatis HERE.

22 March 2012

SPAIN: The Royal Institute and Observatory of the Spanish Navy, ROA!

The Royal Institute and Observatory of the Spanish Navy
(Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada)
credit: Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada
San Fernando (Cádiz), Spain.
The Royal Observatory of Cadiz, originally conceived by the Spaniard Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713–1773), was founded in 1753.
The Observatory was created as an annexe to the 
Royal Marine Guards Academy with the purpose of teaching astronomy ( Star navigation) to future naval officers. In 1798 it moved next to the island of León, in our days the municipality of San Fernando (Cádiz)

21 March 2012

SPAIN: Astronomy club Hercules, Cadiz

Alberto Romero, President of the Association of Astronomy
of Cadiz (Agrupación Astronómica de Cádiz) and me.
credit: KTY Toutatis Astonomy Club

Cadiz, Spain. I had the pleasure to interview Alberto Romero, the president of the Association of Astronomy of Cadiz. The Association bears the name Hercules as the Constellation and according to Greek legend, the founder of the city of Cadiz, Romero tells me.

The Association of Astronomy of Cadiz is founded in 2003 and counts 68 members as of 2012. During these past 9 years, the Astronomy Club Hercules has had many events and projects. Every Friday they have astronomy courses for all at a high school in the center of the city, IES Columela high school. In the summer time on Saturdays they have public observations on the well known Plaza de las Estrellas, also in the center of the city. The association tries as much as possible to organise observation nights out of the city in the surrounding mountains, but have transportation and schedule difficulties says Romero.

The Astronomy Club Hercules provides their own telescopes for the observation sessions. You can find in their "armada" of equipment the Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian 16 " monster or an easier telescope Dobson 200mm among others. Night sky viewing is a big part of the observation sessions, but astrophotography is also popular amongst the members.

The Association of Astronomy of Cádiz is also part of a larger web of Astronomical association. It is part of a project called the "Red Andaluza de Astronomía" (Web of associations of Astronomy of Andalucia). This is an effort to promote and engage people from the region of Andalucia  to Astronomy events and projects.

Cadiz at Sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox
credit: KTY Toutatis Astronomy Club
For the future, the Astronomy Club Hercules here in cadiz continues to promote Astronomy within the city. Organises events and courses for all those interested in Astronomy and even put together special projects with other associations of Astronomy.
Alberto Romero and I where eager to start a special project of our own, between our Astronomy Clubs and our members. 

Thank you for the Association of Astronomy of Cadiz and especially to Alberto Romero for his kindness and his hospitality.

You can find the Astronomy Club Hercules web site HERE (only in spanish)

Click HERE to read the 4th post of our journey through astronomy in Southern Spain.

Remember to watch our astrophotos from our travel in Spain HERE.

Clear skies!

19 March 2012

SPAIN: Links Through Space Astronomy Club in Cai Picha!

Cadiz, Spain 18.03.2012
Star trail of the night sky looking South-West
The thick line at right lower corner is Venus
credit: KTY Toutatis Astronomy Club
(Click photo to enlarge)
Cadiz, Spain. On this Monday 19.03.2012 in Cadiz we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution of 1812. It is all in music and events. Today we are expecting to have the visit of King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The people are very excited as we asked them about the event.
For Us at the Astronomy Club it is not so good as all the places and sites are closed for the Bicentennial.
We still are waiting for a reply from the Observatory of the San Fernando Armada and a call from the local Astronomy Club of Cadiz.

So it brings us to take pictures of the night sky from our roof terrace in the middle of the old town. The picture you see at the left is a picture taken from more then 900 shots and put in a single star trail picture of the night sky. At the right lower corner the thick line is Venus and just below it is Jupiter.
We have more astrophotos of our travels HERE.

Click HERE to read the 3nd post of our journey through astronomy in Southern Spain.

Wiki info: Juan Carlos I of Spain
               Spanish Constitution of 1812

17 March 2012

Follow our Astronomy Club TOUTATIS in Spain

Venus and Jupiter in conjunction
Cadiz, Spain 16.03.2012
credit: KTY Toutatis Astronomy Club
(Click on foto to enlarge)
Follow our Astronomy Club Toutatis through our voyage in Spain.
As we travel the south of Spain we visit beautiful sites and astronomical landmarks to bring you very cool astrophotos and stories about the history of Spanish Astronomy.

We start our journey in Cadiz where we hope to visit the Royal Institute and Observatory of the San Fernando Armada (Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada, ROA) and be in touch with the local Astronomy club, Agrupacion Astronomica de Cadiz.
We continue our journey into Andalucia to the east through Marbella and Malaga continuing north up the coast to Barcelona, Catalunya.

Follow us through our voyage every other day here on Links Through Space. Enjoy our mini-coverage of the sites and landmarks of Spanish Astronomy and our Astrophotos. Don't forget our Timelapses too!

Click HERE to read the 2nd post of our journey through astronomy in Southern Spain.

You can see more photos on Links Through Space FLICKR page HERE

Clear skies from Cadiz, Spain.

12 March 2012

Carnival of Space #240 Here at LINKS THROUGH SPACE

Links Through Space
Carnival of Space #240

Welcome to Links Through Space, astronomy for everyone.
This is the blog of our Astronomy Club here in Kustavi, Finland
We write news about space related topics and we showcase our astrophotographies and timelapses.
Our blog is a way for you to find new links through the Internet about Space and astronomy.

So here we have it, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Links Through Space is honored to declare the 240th Carnival of Space live from Kustavi Finland.

09 March 2012

The Planet Venus and Jupiter closer and closer in the sky!

View in Stellarium 12.03.2012
On March 12, Look at the west just after sunset, you will see I fabulous show in the night sky.
Venus and Jupiter make their closest approach on March 12, 2012. Look west after sunset to see the two planets come within 3 degrees of each other.

This is a good time to take your love ones outside and maybe engage on taking pictures of this lovely sight.
Many of you who has the chance to be at higher grounds or beside the sea looking west, you can observe also Mercury. Mercury is relatively low in the western sky, but can be seen just after sunset.

08 March 2012

International Women's Day from a Space perspective

Mission Specialist Dr. Karen Nyberg credit: Nasa
International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. In this case the women who has achieved in different space programmes and space related activities.

You can find many sites on the Internet about women in space. Here are a couple I wanted to post, so you can go and see who are these women who has inspired the rest of the world and are pioneers in Space.

Women in Space HERE is a list of women that has contributed to Space exploration
A Nasa's view of Women in Space HERE
At we can find a more complete list of women in Aviation and in Aeronautics HERE.

Here at Links Through Space we want to celebrate women all around the world. We hope that all women with dreams can fulfill these dreams and continue to be a major part in all aspects of humanity. Go sisters!

02 March 2012

Timelapse Through the Planets

On the week of the 21-27.02.2012 in Turku, Finland the night sky was clear and the camera was rolling.
With different locations around the city, including my job's parking lot. There is more than 1200 pictures for over 3 hours of recording stretch into 54 seconds Timelapse. A Timelapse of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in conjunction but also of the night sky.
Here it is, enjoy!

More Timelapses on Links Through Space.

01 March 2012

VENUS 2012! It's phases, transit, whereabouts PART 3

Transit of Venus in 2004
The last Transit of Venus visible to people of our time will occur  in less than 100 days. This spectacular event will be followed by many around the globe, Are you one of them? And do you want to get involved?

Here is a video-teaser of a group of people doing a documentary on "our last transit of Venus". The film project is led by Lightcurve Films (, and currently counts with the collaboration of Anton Stoelwinder Produkties (, Interstellar Studios (, Windmill Film ( and Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands (

As Steven Van Roode explains it "We are preparing a documentary film project around the event and on this channel you can find related videos. The film will highlight three groups of people: scientists who will observe the Transit to study Venus and exoplanets, amateurs and students who will redo the experiment of determining the size of the Solar System and profession and/or amateur historians with the intention to observe the Transit with 18th and 19th century instruments." 

our last Transit of Venus (teaser) from Lightcurve Films on Vimeo.

We are looking for further film production partners across the world and people from the three groups described above. Feel free to contact us about the project if you are interested to collaborate (
More information on the Transit of Venus 2012 and links to many other websites can be found on

Click HERE to read the 5th post of our journey through astronomy in Enontekiö, Lappland.

The transit of Venus project is part of the Astronomers without Borders program