Visual Astronomy Display: August 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2015

Be on the look out for the Perseid meteor showers on August 12th and 13th!


  • How would YOU like to start your morning sucking freeze dried coffee through a straw from a sealed plastic bag? Well, the astronauts don’t enjoy that much either, but the new ISSpresso machine and zero-G fluid cups have breathed new life into their morning routines;
  • The New Horizons probe flew by Pluto in July sending breathtaking photos of this strange and distant world back to Earth. Many videos this month cover the discoveries and surprises from the mission;
  • The ExoMars spacecraft is almost complete! A joint mission between ESA and Roscosmos, it begins with the launch of the ExoMars orbiter in 2016 and carries an aerodynamically designed capsule containing a robotic lander;
  • In PBS’s Astronomy Crash Course series, Phil Plait explores how the solar system went from a giant ball of gas to the system of planets and other celestial objects; and
  • Dave Eicher, editor in chief of Astornomy Magazine, explains how we know the Big Bang happened.

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