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Category Archives: Visual Astronomy Display

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… Why auroras can appear like pearl necklaces; Musician Beck uses NASA images and artificial intelligence to create cosmic art; Building a Venus rover with no electronic components; See Mars and Venus in the September sky; Fermilab…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. See an animation of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing site; Fabio Pacucci explains the three-body problem; Comet NEOWISE as seen by spacecraft; How celestial bodies affect life under the sea; Why communication with extraterrestrial life might…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2020

Image of the solar activity from NASA's time lapse video

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Watch ten years of solar activity in this time lapse video from NASA; NASA, ESA, & JAXA unveil a satellite data-driven COVID-19 dashboard; Seeker explains the innovations of the new Perseverance Mars rover; Why does this young…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Watch SpaceX’s Falcon9 lift off, the first commercial manned mission to space; Hubble has a new image of Saturn; No, scientists have not discovered a universe where time flows backward; But we do have a possible explanation…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… The first observed interstellar comet, 2I/Borisov, shed millions of gallons of water into space; Watch a vintage NASA Aeronautics and Space Report on Moon spacewear; The Hubble Telescope celebrates 30 years of operation with a slideshow…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. This month’s playlist includes some videos relating to COVID-19, including advice from astronauts about social distancing, book recommendations for quarantine, and speculation on how getting sick on Mars or the Moon might differ from getting sick on…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2020

Image of the Milky Way Galaxy

Last week, “human computer” Katharine Johnson passed away. Johnson’s calculations of orbital mechanics were instrumental to the success of NASA’s Apollo missions. One of the first African-American women scientists to work at NASA, Johnson’s time at NASA was fictionalized in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.  This month’s playlist includes videos…

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…

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…