Rediscovering the Horsehead Nebula

Rediscovering the Horsehead Nebula There are currently about 500,000 photographic plates residing at the Harvard College Observatory. The collection is unique in its coverage of the sky (both the northern and southern hemispheres), its coverage of time (data dating back to the 1880s), as well as its sheer size (the next largest collection has around …

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2014 Highlights… The tale of the comet-chasing probe, Rosetta, re-imagined as a child’s bedtime story; Last month was the 45th anniversary of the moon landing! Several videos in this playlist celebrate and remember that historic event; SciShow has a video highlighting rogue planets, those lone rocky bodies that float through …

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2014 Highlights… Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking? Images show how the largest storm in the solar system has changed over time; A sequence of short videos detailing five different methods for detecting extrasolar planets; Our sun is constantly surprising us. In addition solar flares, this weeks playlist includes a …