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Whipple’s Moonwatch: Amateur Astronomers in the Space Age

October 4, 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the launch of Earth’s first artificial satellite “Sputnik,” in 1957. The world was astonished by the news that the Soviet Union had successfully put a satellite into Earth’s orbit for the first time in history. Sputnik had a profound impact on international…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2018

Highlights… This month’s Physics Crash Course video looks at engines of all types; ESA’s Clean Space initiative is investigating technologies to help ensure that future satellites do not end up as space debris; Are brown dwarfs planets? are they stars? Minute Physics investigates these strange astronomical objects; SciShowSpace shares recent…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2018

Highlights… This month’s Physics Crash Course videos look at kinetic energy and thermodynamics; Why can’t we see the Apollo lunar landers from Earth, even using using our most powerful telescopes or the Hubble Space Telescope?; NASA studies unusually warm Arctic water, with sea ice levels reaching record lows in several…

Cecilia and Sergei: American Astronomers

Many great minds and personalities have graced this Observatory, but few so illustrious as those of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and her husband Sergei. Together, and separately, they made great impacts on how astronomers see the universe. Cecilia began questioning the make-up of the stars, finding in her graduate research that hydrogen…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2018

Highlights… This month’s Physics Crash Course videos explain the physics of music and temperature; It’s official, 2017 was the second hottest year on record since 1880; ESO Astronomer’s have recently discovered a star that appears to be orbiting an inactive stellar-mass black hole; January 31st was the 60th anniversary of…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2018

Happy New Year!   Highlights… Look back at 2017 with This Year @NASA, the Top 17 Images of Earth From Space, and Goddard’s Year in Review; Then, look forward with JPL’s What’s Up for January 2018, ESA’s 2018 Preview, and NASA’s 2018 To Do List; SciShow Space takes us to…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2017

Highlights… Meet ICON, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, which launches in 2018! Learn about the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an engine that could help us get to Mars in under 40 days travel; The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks at our first interstellar asteroid: Asteroid 1I/2017 U1; How do astronauts…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2017

Highlights… Nataliea Lowson from the Australian Astronomical Observatory shares an Introduction to Telescopes; Looking forward to the newest SciFi flick? Even if it’s fun, just remember that the astronomy in movies can sometimes be a little dodgy… SciShowSpace explains; Using footage from Curiosity, JPL has made it possible to explore…

Illustrating Astronomy: E.L. Trouvelot at HCO

Celestial photography often stands as the legacy of the Harvard College Observatory in its early years. But its directors still recognized the value of old-fashioned observations of a human eye in real time. To assist their work at the telescope, they tended to hire assistants trained in astronomy and skilled…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2017

Highlights… Farewell Cassini! Scientists across the globe said goodbye as Saturnian probe gave its final bow and crashed into the atmosphere of the ringed planet; NASA Goddard explores the meaning of the edge of the Solar System; The Parker Solar Probe might provide a definitive answer to one of astronomy’s…