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Visual Astronomy Display: February 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2017 Highlights… NASA scientists analyze data from 6300 weather stations, sea surface temperature measurements and Antarctic research stations to determine how the average surface temperature of Earth is increasing; Astronaut Christina Koch talks about the Space Launch System, which will take astronauts beyond the International…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2017 Highlights… When Jocelyn Bell Burnell first discovered a pulsar in 1967, she wasn’t sure what to make of them. SciShowSpace explains how scientists figured out what they were and how they worked; Lettuce is growing on board the International Space Station once again; A…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2016 Highlights… The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum recounts the precarious re-entry of the Friendship 7 when it was thought that it’s heat shield was loose; David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine clears up rumors of an “Earth-like” planet orbiting the nearest star to our…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for November 2016 Highlights… Images and reports on Schiaparelli’s trip to Mars; Rapidly spinning ‘pumpkin’ stars as seen by the Kepler and Swift missions; Insight Astronomy Photos of the Year winner and award ceremony; A trio of supermoons rounds out the year; and This month Phil Plait…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2016 Highlights… Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on Europa in three of the images; Rosetta’s fairy tale story is coming to a close as the spacecraft starts preparing to descend to the comet for the end of it’s…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2016 Highlights… The adventure of coffee in space continues as scientists and astronauts do further delicious experiments with the newly designed capillary flow cups; Bill Nye (the Science Guy) explains how Jupiter helped to mix and blend the elements present in the interstellar dust of…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2016 Highlights… The Rosetta mission is at an end as the European Space Agency plans for a controlled descent into the surface of comet 67P; This month Phil Plait teaches us about black holes and neutron stars in his Astronomy Crash Course series. Joe Hanson…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2016 Highlights… Venus has an electric wind strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, a phenomena that may have helped to strip the planet of its oceans; SciShowSpace discuses the new techniques astronomers have used to find the 1,284 recently…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2016 Highlights… On May 16th, elementary school students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School watched the St. Thomas More (STM)Sat-1, the first CubeSat built by elementary school students, deploy from the International Space Station; As Mars neared opposition (the time when it would be closest…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2016 Highlights… The Hubble Space Telescope photographs a large bubble being blown in space by a super-hot, massive star; The story of the Hinode telescope as told by LEGOs; Phil Plait talks about the nearly 2000 exoplanets that have been discovered to date in one…