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Visual Astronomy Display: September 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2017 Highlights… Annie Jump Cannon, a pioneering and record-setting astronomer at a time when women couldn’t even vote, is featured at My Girl Heroes; Even though we know a lot about Mars, the Red Planet still holds many mysteries, SciShowSpace explains; Cassini gears up for…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2017 Highlights… The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 is nearly here! Learn all about what it is and how you can enjoy watching it in this month’s play list!; SciShowSpace explores how Vera Rubin discovered the first direct evidence of Dark Matter; NASA will…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2017 Highlights… NASA JPL features a video about the Asteroid Hunters of the Catalina Sky Survey and PanSTARRS; Amy from Vintage Space explains why there are no stars visible in Apollo images taken on the Moon; Meet the newest astronauts at NASA!; Ariel Waldman shares…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2017 Highlights… In addition to the above image, Science@NASA shares other amazing pictures of the largest planet in our solar system from amateur and professional astronomers alike; Active Galactic Videos shares five facts about Saturn; Heads up solar astronomers! In 2018 NASA will launch the…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2017 Highlights… The Hubble Space Telescope brings us more evidence for water vapor plumes on Europa; Cassini takes a historic dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings, returning images for its closest look at Saturn’s atmosphere; NASA’s Kennedy Space Center…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2017 Highlights… Planners at NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center share how they decide what to tell the crew of the International Space Station what to do every day; Have you ever wondered how the Apollo astronauts learned to land on the Moon? Vintage Space did…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2017 Highlights… The big news this month is all about TRAPPIST-1, the system of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf 39 light years away; Have you ever heard the crackling sound of a meteor burning across the sky? DNews explores this unexpected phenomena; Cassini…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2017 Highlights… NASA scientists analyze data from 6300 weather stations, sea surface temperature measurements and Antarctic research stations to determine how the average surface temperature of Earth is increasing; Astronaut Christina Koch talks about the Space Launch System, which will take astronauts beyond the International…

UAT v.2.0.0 Released

Today we are releasing Version 2.0.0 of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus. This release cleans up minor errors, such as duplicate concepts and preferred label consistency. We have also changed all concept IDs to numeric identifiers, a change that will facilitate editing and management of the UAT going forward. Overview of…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2017 Highlights… When Jocelyn Bell Burnell first discovered a pulsar in 1967, she wasn’t sure what to make of them. SciShowSpace explains how scientists figured out what they were and how they worked; Lettuce is growing on board the International Space Station once again; A…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2016 Highlights… The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum recounts the precarious re-entry of the Friendship 7 when it was thought that it’s heat shield was loose; David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine clears up rumors of an “Earth-like” planet orbiting the nearest star to our…

Status of the UAT Project

This is a short summary update of the status of the UAT project. http://astrothesaurus.org/ — 1) UAT v1.1.0 Published Online A few weeks ago we published version 1.1.0 to Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA), a controlled vocabulary discovery service from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).  We’ve been collaborating with ANDS…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2016 Highlights… Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on Europa in three of the images; Rosetta’s fairy tale story is coming to a close as the spacecraft starts preparing to descend to the comet for the end of it’s…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2016 Highlights… The adventure of coffee in space continues as scientists and astronauts do further delicious experiments with the newly designed capillary flow cups; Bill Nye (the Science Guy) explains how Jupiter helped to mix and blend the elements present in the interstellar dust of…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2016 Highlights… The Rosetta mission is at an end as the European Space Agency plans for a controlled descent into the surface of comet 67P; This month Phil Plait teaches us about black holes and neutron stars in his Astronomy Crash Course series. Joe Hanson…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2016 Highlights… Venus has an electric wind strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, a phenomena that may have helped to strip the planet of its oceans; SciShowSpace discuses the new techniques astronomers have used to find the 1,284 recently…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2016 Highlights… On May 16th, elementary school students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School watched the St. Thomas More (STM)Sat-1, the first CubeSat built by elementary school students, deploy from the International Space Station; As Mars neared opposition (the time when it would be closest…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2016 Highlights… The Hubble Space Telescope photographs a large bubble being blown in space by a super-hot, massive star; The story of the Hinode telescope as told by LEGOs; Phil Plait talks about the nearly 2000 exoplanets that have been discovered to date in one…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2016 Highlights… NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, orbiting 1 million miles from Earth captures a mind blowing view of a solar eclipse; Scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center use slight fluctuations in satellite orbits to map the gravity field of Mars, providing insights into the…

Exploring Technology

The Wolbach Library is committed to providing tools for developing software and creating mock-ups of new inventions. We don’t just have laptops available for lending; we focus on current devices such as virtual reality headsets, electronics kits, and a spherical camera. Over the last few years, we have invested in…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2016 Highlights… SciShowSpace explores and explains the volcanic moon of Jupiter, Io; Over time black holes evaporate Hawking Radiation and eventually die…but how does this happen? Physics Girl explains; This week, Phil Plait gives us a crash courses on the Oort cloud and meteors; Deep…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2016 Highlights… Have you ever wondered how close can you get the Sun? Well, SciShowSpace has the answer!; The Royal Observatory Greenwich asks: Are there aliens?; Were you curious about how the astronauts were able to grow lettuce on the International Space Station? Science@NASA explains…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2016 Highlights… NASA’s Marshall Center reviews the accomplishments of 2015 that will help make deep space exploration, and a journey to Mars, possible in the future; Lenore Rasmussen is developing synthetic muscles, materials that can expand, contract, flex, and stretch in any direction. Eventually it…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2015 Highlights… The European Space Agency explains the difference between meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets; XKCD explains how to go to space in a video using only the 1000 most common words in the English language; NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered the first…