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2022 image taken by the JSWT. Three galaxies cluster in the middle of the picture. A smaller galaxy sits below them. All of the galaxies are surrounded by a black void dotted with stars of various sizes and colors.

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2022

Highlights… SciShow reviews the first JWST images; Learn the history of Virginia Norwood and the development of the first space-based multispectral scanner; Watch China’s Wentian lab dock with the Tiangong space station; PBS SpaceTime explains how we define states of matter; Cool Worlds asks: “Can Moons Have Moons?” Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2022

Highlights… SciShow explains summer on Saturn; The latest data from the Gaia mission delivers amazing data on the Milky Way galaxy; Astronomer spotlight: NASA’s Dr. Jane Rigby; The Planetary Society explains why we probably can’t terraform Mars; Cool Worlds asks if astronomers should rule out recurrence of the Wow! signal! Extras… Watch The Color of …

Earth's moon against a black background. Because of the total lunar eclispse, the moon has a reddish hue.

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2022

Highlights… Observe the difference in resolution between Spitzer and JWST; See plants grown in lunar soil from Apollo missions; ESA explains the formation of the moon using a cheesecake recipe; SciShow reviews how a newly discovered exoplanet challenges theories of planet formation; PBS SpaceTime asks: what if physics is not describing reality?  Extras… If you missed the CfA’s livestream discussion of the new …

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2022

Highlights… Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder interviews astronauts on the ISS; Watch Perseverence‘s recording of a Martian solar eclipse; Seeker explains how the Parker Solar Probe “touched” the sun; Hubble spots an ancient rapidly growing black hole; Cool Worlds breaks down how FTL travel would lead to time paradoxes! Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

A side view of the surface of the sun which is dark red with orange spots and has a yellow halo. The sun takes up 3/4s of the image. On the left in the sun's halo is a black spot: Mercury.

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2022

Ramadan Mubarak and happy spring! Highlights…  NASA studies the interactions of Mercury’s magnetic field and solar wind; HR 6819 may not be the closest black hole to Earth after all; Fermilab discusses photons and momentum; The ISS is now in its final years of operation; PBS Space Time asks: could the universe be inside a black hole? Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

A black and white three quarters perspective portrait bust drawing of Benjamin Barker, an African American man in a jacket and cravat. To his right is a scan of his Farmer's Almanac.

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2022

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, this month’s playlist includes interviews of Black astronomers. Highlights… Learn about Benjamin Banneker, an early African American Quaker and astronomer; The Maniitsoq structure may not be an impact crater; See the Chinese space stations’ robotic arm in action; PBS Space Time discusses the wave function and object-collapse theories; Astronomer Derrick Pitts discusses: “why are there so few Black astronomers?“ …

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2022

Happy Lunar New Year! The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone this winter season. Highlights… Astronauts decorate the Tiangong space station for the lunar new year; SciShow overviews why it took a decade to launch the James Webb Space Telescope; Watch a visualization of “the Great Eruption” of Eta Carinae; February is a great month for skywatchers …

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2022

Happy New Year! The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone this winter season. Highlights… A guide to misinformation on the internet; The most-awaited space missions of 2022; Seeker reviews the first spider-like robot heading for the Moon; The European Southern Observatory has detected seventy new rogue planets in the Milky Way; Watch the National Air and Space Museum unbox Leonard Nimoy’s Spock ears! Playlist …

Orion nebula

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… It’s Okay to be Smart reviews the history of ‘nothing;’ How astronomers could contribute to a sustainable circular society; Cool Worlds argues our solar system is special; Star Trek actors talk what social issues they want the show to address; PBS SpaceTime revisits relMOND, an alternate …

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… NASA publishes an interactive graphic novel about the “First Woman” to walk on the moon; PBS SpaceTime outlines the constructor theory of physics; Genoveva Burca explains how neutron imaging may help scientists 3D map carbon distribution in soil; Physics Girl breaks down how we can observe objects beyond the Hubble Sphere; Could …