Visual Astronomy Display: December 2018

Limits of the Solar System, from NASA eClips.

After an unexpected four month hiatus, we’re back!


  • 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 in November, InSight landed on Mars, and it will use a seismometer to study the geological interior of the Red Planet;
  • Lightning is not a phenomenon unique to the Earth, in fact lightning strikes have been detected on Jupiter and Saturn; and
  • NASA’s deep space rocket, SLS, is nearing completion, so let’s take a look at the current “state of the rocket.”

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About Katie Frey

Katie Frey leads the development of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus, a community supported linked data vocabulary for sorting, filtering, and exploring astronomical literature, data sets, images, etc.

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