Asteroid 2000 QW7
An animation consisting of 14 consecutive 1 minute CCD exposures by Sue Whitecross of the Near Earth Asteroid 2000 QW7. The object can be seen moving against the stars in the background. Presented in AVI format (471 Kb).
An animation by David Rose showing the motion of asteroid 2002 NY40. It consists of 41 consecutive 10 second CCD exposures taken over a 13 minute period. The asteroid can be seen moving against the background stars. Presented as an animated GIF (552 Kb).
A view of Saturn by Steve Smith, showing the problem that atmospheric distortion presents to astronomers. The frames of this video were aligned and then combined into a much higher resolution still image, which can be seen in our Image Gallery. Presented in MPEG format (365 Kb).
An animation by Steve Smith consisting of five images of the planet Jupiter taken over a 90 minute period. The rapid rotation of the planet can be seen, as can the movement of the moon Io and its shadow on Jupiter's surface. Presented as an animated GIF (87 Kb).
Images of the the planet Mercury passing in front of the Sun were taken by David Rose. These were made into an animation by Chris Benton. The images were taken through thin cloud, which can be seen on some frames. The large, stationary object is a sun spot. For more images of this event, see the Transit of Mercury news item. Presented as an animated GIF (1.4 Mb).
Sketches of the sun were drawn by Christine Sheldon, by projecting its image onto a screen using a 4 inch refracting telescope. These were made into an animation by Chris Benton. The spots drift towards the left of image due to the rotation of the sun. Presented as an animated GIF (136 Kb).
An animation by Chris Benton created using StarPlot. It shows a rotating, three dimensional view of all the stars within 25 light years of the Sun (which is visible as the yellow dot at the centre). Presented as an animated GIF (69 Kb).