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Visual Astronomy Display: February 2020

image of the lagoon nebula

Highlights… Watch new, never-before-captured high resolution footage of the Sun’s surface; NASA says goodbye to the Spitzer Space Telescope; Sky watchers can see great views of the constellation Orion in February; Emily Sandford breaks down the physics and ethics of an elevator to the Moon; SciShow explains how you can…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2020

Carina Nebula

Happy New Year!  Highlights… NASA test drives the new Mars 2020 rover; CuriousDroid unravels the past and present of hydrogen energy and aero-space travel; Astronaut Don Pettit discusses launching rockets from the Moon; The Planet Protection team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory break down why microbiology matters in space; SciShow…

Version 3.1.0 of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

Today, we launched version 3.1.0 of the UAT! This year has been an exciting one for the UAT; on June 3rd, the American Astronomical Society formally incorporated the UAT into its journal submission process.Β  The UAT has also been included in the most recent call for proposals for the Hubble…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2019

Image of Mercury in front of the Sun

Highlights… The ESO’s Very Large Telescope captured evidence of a giant planet orbiting a white dwarf star; This month, Venus, Saturn, and Mars, along with a crescent moon, will be visible in the December sky; SciShow breaks down the mystery of inconsistent oxygen levels in the Martian atmosphere; Physicist Tara…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2019

Highlights… New images from the ESO’s Very Large Telescope indicate that the asteroid Hygiea might be reclassified as smallest dwarf planet in our solar system; Denna Lambert from NASA Goddard tests out an inclusive picture book designed for the visually impaired, featuring images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope; Astronomers…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2019

Highlights… The Carnegie Institute of Science discovered 20 new moons orbiting Saturn, making it now the planet with the most moons in our solar system; Speaking of planets, sky watchers this month will be able to spot the elusive Uranus and Neptune with the naked eye; New ESO observations of…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2019

Highlights… The world said good-bye to Mar’s rover Opportunity last month when NASA declared mission end on February 13, 2019; Could the multiple universes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse be real? Fermilab dives into the science!; The Space Telescope Science Institute shows how the Webb Space Telescopes’ integral field unit…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2019

Happy New Year! Highlights… Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society takes us on a tour of the spacecraft currently exploring our solar system; Revisiting the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 that were discovered nearly two years ago; Take a look at the complexity and precision that goes into building the James…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2018

After an unexpected four month hiatus, we’re back! Highlights… NASA bids a fond farewell to Kepler, the telescope that proved over it’s nine year mission that there are more planets than stars in the universe; SciShow Space explains how stellar occultations can be used to hunt for exoplanet rings; Late…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2018

Highlights… This month’s Physics Crash Course video looks at resistors, batteries, and circuits; James Christy and Robert Harrington talk about how they discovered Charon, 40 years ago; A global dust storm swirling across Mars is threatening the Opportunity rover, will it survive?; As scientists noticed that ‘Oumuamua gained an extra…