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Jupiter dominates the black background of space. The planet is striated with swirling horizontal stripes of neon turquoise, periwinkle, light pink, and cream. The stripes interact and mix at their edges like cream in coffee. Along both of the poles, the planet glows in turquoise. Bright orange auroras glow just above the planet’s surface at both poles.

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2022

Highlights… Sky watching tips for September; Atomic clocks have recorded the fastest-ever day on Earth; Watch lightning strike near the Artemis I moon rocket; See Jupiter’s rings in new images from the JWST; PBS SpaceTime asks: what If dark energy is a new quantum field? Extras: Read NASA’s graphic novel The First Woman,the fictional tale …

A logbook page with a star diagram labeled "field for faint comparison stars" for Nova Cygni 1948, from J.R.G.'s notebook titled "Variable Measures" from 1950. (image: phaedra2558)

September Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well, and enjoying the beginning of fall! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research! We appreciate your effort to learn about the history …

2022 image taken by the JSWT. Three galaxies cluster in the middle of the picture. A smaller galaxy sits below them. All of the galaxies are surrounded by a black void dotted with stars of various sizes and colors.

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2022

Highlights… SciShow reviews the first JWST images; Learn the history of Virginia Norwood and the development of the first space-based multispectral scanner; Watch China’s Wentian lab dock with the Tiangong space station; PBS SpaceTime explains how we define states of matter; Cool Worlds asks: “Can Moons Have Moons?” Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

August Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as well …

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2022

Highlights… SciShow explains summer on Saturn; The latest data from the Gaia mission delivers amazing data on the Milky Way galaxy; Astronomer spotlight: NASA’s Dr. Jane Rigby; The Planetary Society explains why we probably can’t terraform Mars; Cool Worlds asks if astronomers should rule out recurrence of the Wow! signal! Extras… Watch The Color of …

July Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as well …

June Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and excited for the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as …

Earth's moon against a black background. Because of the total lunar eclispse, the moon has a reddish hue.

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2022

Highlights… Observe the difference in resolution between Spitzer and JWST; See plants grown in lunar soil from Apollo missions; ESA explains the formation of the moon using a cheesecake recipe; SciShow reviews how a newly discovered exoplanet challenges theories of planet formation; PBS SpaceTime asks: what if physics is not describing reality?  Extras… If you missed the CfA’s livestream discussion of the new …

May Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and excited for the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as …

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2022

Highlights… Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder interviews astronauts on the ISS; Watch Perseverence‘s recording of a Martian solar eclipse; Seeker explains how the Parker Solar Probe “touched” the sun; Hubble spots an ancient rapidly growing black hole; Cool Worlds breaks down how FTL travel would lead to time paradoxes! Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions