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Past Articles

Live Virtual Presentation: “Era of the Space Start-Ups”

 

Newsletter for May, 2021

 

Grants for Teachers 2021

 

Newsletter for April, 2021

 

Newsletter for March, 2021

 

Newsletter for February, 2021

 

Volcanoes of the US: A Geologic Cornucopia

 

Newsletter for January, 2021

 

Annual Meeting 2021 Recap

 

FOTP 2020 Annual Meeting

 

Please Donate on this Giving Tuesday

 

Voices from the Sky Sunday, November 15th, 3pm EST.

 

The Planetarium is closed temporarily—but our programs continue

 

American Archaeoastronomy: Free Online Program, August 25

 

SuperMoon Science Sunday

 

Grants for Teachers

 

Darwin Trivia & MST3K Movie Night

 

The City Dark

 

2020 Annual Meeting

 

50th anniversary of the David M. Brown Planetarium

 

Theory of Relativity: celebrating 100 Years

 

Theory of Relativity at 100 Years and Counting

 

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe October 18–20

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2019–2020 Schedule

 

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

May 17–19: Apollo 11 Remembered: Tickets Now Available

 

Space Telescopes

 

Weather and Climate Change

 

Darwin and Evolution

 

WEATHER CLOSURE

 

Exploring Mars this weekend at the Planetarium

 

Join the Board of Directors

 

Annual Meeting

 

Christmas 2018

 

Art & Science

 

Planetary Paint & Sip

 

Exoplanets: Special Weekend October 19-21

 

Eat to Help the Planetarium

 

VOLCANOES

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2018–2019 Schedule

 

Special Events This Weekend - June 16-17!

 

May Special Weekend: Motion of the Heavens: Galileo and Newton

 

Collision Course with Earth: April 20 - 22

 

Fundraiser at Lost Dog Cafe: Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 

March Friends Weekend: Stargazing 101

 

2018 SMASH Contest: Deadline Today

 

February Weekend: Darwin & Date Night

 

Ocean of New Worlds

 

2018 Annual Meeting

 

Beacon in the Winter Sky

 

Important Update for Sunday, 11/19/17!

 

Lunar Wonders

 

Our Redesign

 

35th Annual NOVAC Star Gaze Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

Immense Telescopes that Sail the Night Above

 

Upload Your 2017 Eclipse Images

 

Icy Frontier of the Solar System

 

Summertime and the Viewing is Easy

 

Rockets, Probes & Space Stations

 

The Art of Science

 

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Exploring Evolution & Celebrating Darwin Day

 

January, 2017 FOTP Events: Citizen Science and the Friends' Annual Meeting

 

The 2016 SMASH Contest is Now Open

 

Science and the Christmas Star

 

November Friends Weekend: “On the Shoulders of Giants”

 

November Friends Weekend: Advance Notice

 

September Friends Weekend: Amateur Astronomy, Telescopes and Stargazing

 

Welcome Back: the September Friends' Weekend

 

The 2016 Perseid Meteors

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2017–2018 Schedule

 

June Friends' Weekend: PLANETS

 

May 20-22: Transits and Eclipses

 

View the Transit of Mercury

 

Human Space Exploration

 

Panel Discussion on Science Fiction and Future Technology on March 20th, 2016

 

March 2016 Friends Weekend - Science Fiction Festival!

 

February Friends' Weekend: Darwin and Evolution

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM JANUARY WEEKEND, January 15-17, 2016: “ALL ABOUT TIME!”

 

Science and the Christmas Star

 

Friends of the Planetarium November Weekend: A Tribute to Carl Sagan

 

The Second Annual Tribute to Carl Sagan

 

“If you seek his memorial, look about you”

 

Friends of the Planetarium October 2015 Weekend

 

The Planetarium Calendar

 

The 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Fall Fundraising Festival

 

September 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Weekend: Fall Fundraising Kick-Off

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2015-2016 Schedule

 

The Final Friends Weekend of the Season

 

June 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: The Sun

 

Community Events

 

May 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: robots

 

April 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: NASA

 

Planetarium Invaded and Occupied by Galactic Empire

 

March 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: Science Fiction

 

The 2015 SMASH Contest is Now Open

 

Natural Selection - Extra Screening

 

February 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LIFE!

 

Friends' Annual Meeting on January 24th

 

January 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LASERS!

 

Annie Jump Cannon’s Birthday

 

December 2014 Friends of the Planetarium programming: Science and the Christmas Star

 

NOVEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING - A Tribute to Cosmos

 

The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014

 

OCTOBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

SUCCESS! Friends' Fantastic Fall Fundraising Fest

 

MEET ISAAC NEWTON! Sept. 20, 2014 – Free Events

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: Sept. 19-21, 2014

 

2014 DAVID M. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP Winner Honored

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2014-2015 Schedule

 

International Space Station (ISS) Flyover

 

JUNE 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: June 13-15, 2014

 

MAY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: May 16-18, 2014

 

April 2014 Science and Engineering Festival

 

Exoplanet weekend kickoff

 

MARCH 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Moon Reflections

 

FEBRUARY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

2014 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

 

Annual Meeting on January 11, 2014

 

Brig Pari is ISCC Woman of the Year

 

DECEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Rocket Launch Today!

 

Comet ISON Photo Contest

 

This Morning’s Solar Eclipse: a Post-Mortem

 

NOVEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Sunday Science: the MAVEN Mission to Mars

 

Comet ISON Still Intact

 

Announcing the 2nd Annual SMASH Contest

 

OCTOBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

This Year's Friends' Weekends

 

Annual Review 2012-2013

 

History

 

Donors

 

The Board, Advisory Council, and Corporation

 

September Friends of the Planetarium Programming

 

Maria Mitchell's Birthday

 

Astronomy News

23/2/2021 9:08 NASA’s Juno Mission Expands Into the Future: “The spacecraft, which has been gathering data on the gas giant since July 2016, will become an explorer of the full Jovian system – Jupiter and its rings and moons.” Juno “will now continue its investigation of the solar system’s largest planet through September 2025, or until the spacecraft’s end of life.”
18/2/2021 7:52 How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars: “This the first time we’ll be flying Linux on Mars. […] The software framework that we’re using is one that we developed at JPL for cubesats and instruments, and we open-sourced it a few years ago. So, you can get the software framework that’s flying on the Mars helicopter, and use it on your own project.”
11/2/2021 8:55 NASA Television to Air Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking: “NASA will provide live coverage on NASA Television […] of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station beginning at 11:15 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 14. […] Following a two-day journey, the spacecraft will automatically link up to the station’s Pirs docking compartment at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.”
10/2/2021 8:49 Is It a Planet? Astronomers Spy Promising Potential World around Alpha Centauri: “The candidate could be a ‘warm Neptune’ or a mirage. Either way, it signals the dawn of a revolution in astronomy”.
21/1/2021 16:18 TIC 168789840: A Sextuply-Eclipsing Sextuple Star System: “We report the discovery of a sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system from TESS data, TIC 168789840, also known as TYC 7037-89-1, the first known sextuple system consisting of three eclipsing binaries.”
18/12/2020 13:16 Cornell postdoc detects possible exoplanet radio emission: “By monitoring the cosmos with a radio telescope array, an international team of scientists has detected radio bursts emanating from the constellation Boötes –  that could be the first radio emission collected from a planet beyond our solar system.”
17/12/2020 10:06 Jupiter and Saturn’s Great Conjunction Is the Best in 800 Years—Here’s How to See It: “The giant planets will appear spectacularly close together in Earth’s sky during the solstice on December 21”.
11/12/2020 10:12 NASA to Provide Spanish-Language Coverage, Livestream of Solar Eclipse: Eclipse path. “NASA will provide live coverage Monday, Dec. 14, of a solar eclipse that will pass over South America, treating parts of Chile and Argentina to views of a total eclipse of the Sun.”
5/12/2020 7:46 Upcoming conjunctions in the night sky, and how to see them: You can see the dramatic “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn on Dec. 21st, and other interesting conjunctions this month.
1/12/2020 12:41 Arecibo radio telescope’s massive instrument platform has collapsed: In a blow to the international radio astronomy community, to Puerto Rico, and to the standing of U.S. Science, the iconic Arecibo observatory is gone.
19/11/2020 17:38 Arecibo telescope faces a catastrophic collapse, must be deconstructed: A sad day for radio astronomy and for science.
12/11/2020 13:37 SpaceX is about to send four astronauts to the ISS for six-month stay: “The Crew Dragon spacecraft is expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket on 15 November.”
6/11/2020 15:22 The sky will literally be the limit at new Mayland planetarium this spring: “Construction is underway on a new planetarium located at the Mayland Community College’s Bare Earth to Sky Park in Yancey County and will open to the public spring of 2021.” The location has international dark sky certification.
6/11/2020 14:36 NASA Langley Wants Virtual-Inspired Art for 2021 Student Art Contest: The art contest is open to all children grades K-12 who are residents of the United States, and children grades K-12 of U.S. military stationed overseas. The submission period begins Dec. 1, 2020 and concludes on Dec. 31, 2020 at midnight EST.
30/10/2020 18:02 NASA’s Asteroid Mission Packs Away Its Cargo. Next Stop: Earth: “The OSIRIS-REX mission has been investigating a carbon-rich asteroid named Bennu for the last couple of years.”
27/10/2020 12:58 Juno Data Indicates “Sprites” or “Elves” Frolic in Jupiter’s Atmosphere: Sprite on Jupiter New results from NASA’s Juno mission at Jupiter reveal for the first time these flashes (transient luminous events, or TLEs) on another planet. The findings were published on Oct. 27, 2020, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
27/10/2020 9:59 Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft: “A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space”.
 

See also Arlington Planetarium news items.