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Category Archives: Visual Astronomy Display

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…

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…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2018

Highlights… New magnetic events discovered in the near-Earth environment by using an innovative technique to squeeze extra information out of the data; Is it a pulsar? Is it a magnatar? Do dense stars evolve from one state to another over time?; Learn how TESS searches the skies for exoplanets over…