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Category Archives: Visual Astronomy Display

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…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for November 2015 Highlights… Fire in space is dangerous…but to understand that danger and how to deal with it should a fire ignite, there must be testing. That’s where Saffire, the Spacecraft Fire Experiment comes into play; Dr. Don Lincoln of Fermilab talks about the multiverse: what…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2015 Highlights… MinutePhysics explains why we put telescopes in space; Flowing water has been discovered on Mars. Just repeat that to yourself for a minute. Flowing water. Has been discovered. On the planet Mars. Mind. Blown; The Mars hype is real and NASA is sharing…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2015 Highlights… NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, currently in orbit around Ceres, discovered many interesting features on the minor planet, including bright spots and a pyramid-shaped mountain; Capturing a Pluto occultation? The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy accomplished the impossible in late June when astronomers aboard the…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2015 Be on the look out for the Perseid meteor showers on August 12th and 13th! Highlights… How would YOU like to start your morning sucking freeze dried coffee through a straw from a sealed plastic bag? Well, the astronauts don’t enjoy that much either,…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2015 Highlights… Several videos this month highlight New Horizons upcoming close pass of Pluto! Launched in 2009, the New Horizon mission scientists have been waiting for over 9 years for this day to come; As we head into hurricane season, NASA Goddard shares US coastal…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2015 Highlights… Unique among space probes is Hubble: designed to be serviced by human’s in space it’s built with special hand rails for astronauts to grip, and after years in space, visible hand prints can seen on Hubble; A video of European city lights as…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2015 Highlights… Hubble celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 24th, so this month’s playlist is peppered with videos about the great space telescope; NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is studying the feasibility of tensegrity robots, rovers designed as a collection of metal rods and cables…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2015 Highlights… The story of Rosetta and Philae continues in a cute animated feature describing the probe’s journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; NASA Planetary Science shares a video imagining how the deep oceans of Mars might have once looked; Rover teams use the Mojave Desert in…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2015 Highlights… The Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrates its 5th anniversary with a time-lapse video of the sun that captures one frame every 8 hours for nearly 5 years; NASA share’s a video about the wrap up of Curiosity’s “walkabout” exploration of the Pahrump Hills on…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2015 Highlights… A summary of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration from the European Space Agency, who also share a vision for what Lunar exploration could be; The Russian Federal Space Agency posted two videos recently, one showing what it would look like…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2015 Happy New Year! Highlights… This year, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years of transforming our view of the universe; A color image of stars from the globular star cluster Omega Centauri are sorted by brightness and color to construct a Hertzsprung-Russel diagram, an…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2014 Highlights… NASA scientists Holly Gilbert and Alex Young talk about a sunspot larger than any seen in the last 24 years currently found on our star; After ten long years journeying through space, Philae finally touches down onto the surface of a comet!; Coming…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for November 2014 Highlights… MAVEN reached Mars in September and has begun studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet in an attempt to figure out what happened to the atmosphere of Mars; Unexpectedly, the Arctic and Antarctic regions react differently to changing climate conditions. A video…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2014 Highlights… SciShow ponders the famous statement from Carl Sagan that “we are made of star-stuff”, exactly how much of us really is “star-stuff”?; Nature published a short video about Laniakea, our home supercluser, and the team of scientists who discovered it; Philae prepares to…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2014 Highlights… The Rosetta mission is still going strong! One video illustrates the key dates of the upcoming sequence of maneuvers that will bring Rosetta even closer to comet 67P; Historic footage from Voyager 2’s 1989 flyby of Triton, a moon of Neptune, has been…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2014 Highlights… The tale of the comet-chasing probe, Rosetta, re-imagined as a child’s bedtime story; Last month was the 45th anniversary of the moon landing! Several videos in this playlist celebrate and remember that historic event; SciShow has a video highlighting rogue planets, those lone…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2014 Highlights… Curiosity celebrates one Martian year of exploring the red planet; Science@NASA shows that the Sun is finally coming back to maximum cycle after a long Solar minimum; Transmitting videos from space via laser beams? The goal of NASA’s OPALs project is described in…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2014 Highlights… Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking? Images show how the largest storm in the solar system has changed over time; A sequence of short videos detailing five different methods for detecting extrasolar planets; Our sun is constantly surprising us. In addition solar flares,…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2014 Highlights… We have several videos about the recent lunar eclipse, including a time lapse video of the blood moon; Science@NASA presents us with a real life example of Einstein’s twin paradox, describing the various studies that will be taken as one twin orbits the…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2014 Highlights… Astronomers are using the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, allowing them to see deeper into the cosmos than ever before; Comet collisions and an undiscovered exoplanet are hinted at by large clouds orbting a distant star; April 14th…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2014 Highlights… Science@NASA brings us a fun clip about what it would be like to drink a cup of coffee in space; With an extension of support until at least 2024, the International Space Station is poised to make discoveries we can’t even imagine today;…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2014 Highlights… Engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory talk about the amazing discoveries of Opportunity which is still functioning on the surface of Mars a full ten years after it landed in 2004; A neat little video from MinutePhysics about how the solar…