Visual Astronomy Display: September 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2015

Highlights…

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, currently in orbit around Ceres, discovered many interesting features on the minor planet, including bright spots and a pyramid-shaped mountain;
  • Capturing a Pluto occultation? The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy accomplished the impossible in late June when astronomers aboard the aircraft observed Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star;
  • Could Europa have an ocean? JPL posits that a future mission to this moon of Jupiter could answer this question;
  • Astronauts take their first bites of lettuce grown in space! Who knew studying how plants grow in orbit could taste so good?;
  • How would you start a tour of the solar system? Why, by starting with a look at our closest planet: Earth! Phil Plait introduces the basics of geological and atmospheric science, which can be used to understand the other bodies in the solar system; and
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson teams up with MinutePhysics to share with a brief history of everything.

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