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Visual Astronomy Display: September 2021

Image of Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe. Resnik is on the left and has curly black hair. McAuliffe is on the left and has curly blonde hair. Both are wearing light blue NASA jumpsuits and smiling at something off-camera to the left.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… A look back on how Judith Resnik and her team built Space Shuttle Discovery‘s robot arm; Saturn‘s core is surprisingly “soupy”;  Mars’ “new” volcanic activity; Why some astronomers prefer “snail mail” over the Internet; CfA’s Fabio Pacucci explains Stephen Hawking’s black hole paradox! Playlist Archive…

Virtual Astronomy Display: August 2021

Image of Jupiter's moon Ganymede taken by NASA's space probe Juno

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Women Apollo alums remember working at male-dominated NASA; How physicists could detect neutron stars using gravitational waves; Hubble finds evidence of water vapor on Ganymede; Learn how Perseverance takes sterile samples of Martian earth; The Royal Observatory reviews new challenges in astrophotography! Extras… Podcast: Undistracted with…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… SciShow reviews recent research into hypothetical warp drives; A 62-mile wide comet visits from the Oort Cloud; How quantum mechanics might help birds see Earth’s magnetic field; The ESA tests satellite durability in an atmospheric reentry test using a plasma wind tunnel; Cool Worlds investigates…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights…  Smithsonian NASM explains Afrofuturism, a science fiction genre which critiques whiteness in both astronomical institutions and speculative fiction; Team members of NASA’s recently announced Venus missions share their excitement; Fermilab breaks down the history of the discovery of the…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2021

image of comet NEOWISE

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Hear the Greek myth of Menippe and Metioche, which explains the origin of comets; Listen to a radio emission recorded in Venus’ atmosphere; Adler Planetarium shows off their mobile telescope in the streets of Chicago; See Curiosity’s shot of a 360 degree…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Seeker explains the ISS’s NICER instrument’s relationship to sextants; ESA proposes recruiting astronauts with disabilities or parastronauts; Dr. Beth Biller discussed the future of photographing exoplanets; SciShow breaks down an alternative hypothesis concerning Mars’ disappearing oceans; Three…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2021

This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… SciShow breaks down what’s next for NASA’s Perseverance rover; It’s Okay To Be Smart explains the connection between the theory of special relativity and neuroscience; PBS Space Time reviews the possible discovery of the gravitational wave background;   Seeker discusses the…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2021

This true-color simulated view of Jupiter is composed of 4 images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 7, 2000.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Watch footage of last month’s conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; Learn how Hubble schedules its observation of the outer planets; Cool Worlds breaks down the implications of potential signal from Proxima Centauri; See views of the surface of Mars…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2020

Image of NGC 3432, a orange and blue spiral galaxy

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Learn how this next-gen satellite will 3D print itself in space; SciShow explains how radioactivity makes planets habitable;   The connection between baryon acoustic oscillations and galaxy formation; PBS Space Time asks if time can be reversed; Fermilab considers the…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2020

image of Earth's moon

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Happy election day! Highlights… How much water is there on the Moon? Dr. Katie Mack’s new book The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) hypothesizes about the end of the universe;   PBS SpaceTime investigates if the past and future exist; FermiLab…