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The Monthly Newsletter

Arlington Planetarium news items

 

Past Articles

Time to Renew
Always Time to Join
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Oct. 1, 2022, 3:15 p.m.)

 

Ice Cream Social CANCELED (Sept. 25, 2022, 12:23 a.m.)

 

Happy First Day of School 2022! by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Aug. 29, 2022, 8:44 p.m.)

 

James Webb Space Telescope: A Celebration of its First Images (Aug. 2, 2022, 4:53 p.m.)

 

The Tour De Planets (July 12, 2022, 8:14 p.m.)

 

About the Grants For Teachers Program by Tom Wanat (May 31, 2022, 9:54 p.m.)

 

Why do Spiral Galaxies Spiral? (May 25, 2022, 9:14 a.m.)

 

All About Lunar Eclipses!
Saturday, May 14, 2022
(May 13, 2022, 9:15 a.m.)

 

School Board Approves Planetarium Funds by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (May 13, 2022, 1:48 a.m.)

 

Friends Offer to Assist with Funding Planetarium Operations by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (May 11, 2022, 2:16 p.m.)

 

Science Advisory Committee asks APS to Re-open Planetarium by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (May 10, 2022, 3:38 p.m.)

 

The DART Mission: NASA’s First Planetary Defense Test (April 26, 2022, 1:58 p.m.)

 

Friends Ask APS to Fund Planetarium Director by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (April 4, 2022, 9:54 p.m.)

 

Let APS Know It's Time to Reopen the Planetarium by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (March 20, 2022, noon)

 

Vernal Equinox Ride March 20 (March 13, 2022, 10:09 p.m.)

 

When Good Satellites Go Bad: The Problem of Space Debris (March 12, 2022, 8:27 p.m.)

 

Daylight Saving Time is Here by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (March 12, 2022, 5:17 p.m.)

 

People in Early Astronomy
from 2000 BCE to 1000 CE
(Feb. 11, 2022, 3:59 p.m.)

 

Full Moon Night Walk
February 16
by Jennifer Bartlett (Feb. 3, 2022, 3:41 p.m.)

 

Full Moon Twilight Walk
February 16
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Feb. 3, 2022, 3:31 p.m.)

 

The 2022 Annual Meeting (Jan. 26, 2022, 9:26 p.m.)

 

Ptolemy’s Universe by Lee Phillips (Jan. 23, 2022, 2:51 p.m.)

 

Friends' Annual Meeting &  
A Universe for Everyone
(Jan. 17, 2022, 3:08 a.m.)

 

Friends Ask APS to Commit Funds for Replacement Projector by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Jan. 13, 2022, 1:30 p.m.)

 

Let APS Know
It's Time for a New Projector
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Jan. 11, 2022, 11:16 p.m.)

 

Cosmos in a Camera Lens: the Universe through Astrophotography by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Jan. 5, 2022, 2:35 p.m.)

 

Share the Light: A Season of Giving by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 28, 2021, 12:40 p.m.)

 

Kwanzaa: A Season of Light by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 27, 2021, 11:31 p.m.)

 

Watch the Launch of the Webb Telescope (Dec. 24, 2021, 7:26 p.m.)

 

Christmas: A Season of Light by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 23, 2021, 11:37 p.m.)

 

Winter Solstice:
A Season of Light
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 21, 2021, 4:27 a.m.)

 

Saturnalia: A Season of Light by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 16, 2021, 10:42 p.m.)

 

Advent: A Season of Light by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Dec. 13, 2021, 5:38 p.m.)

 

Black Holes Can Dance! (Dec. 11, 2021, 11:18 a.m.)

 

Giving Tuesday 2021:
A Season of Light
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 29, 2021, 7:01 p.m.)

 

Hanukkah: A Season of Light by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 29, 2021, 5:28 p.m.)

 

David M. Brown
NASA Astronaut, Naval Aviator, and APS Graduate
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 28, 2021, 12:48 a.m.)

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 25, 2021, 11:48 a.m.)

 

Delightful Discovery Day:
Seeing Farther into the Universe
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 24, 2021, 9:05 a.m.)

 

Lunar Eclipse November 19 by Lee Phillips (Nov. 19, 2021, 5 p.m.)

 

Diwali 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 4, 2021, 1:24 a.m.)

 

The James Webb Space Telescope is actually a time machine! (Nov. 3, 2021, 11:27 a.m.)

 

Seeing Farther into the Universe:
Nov. 14
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Nov. 3, 2021, 9:22 a.m.)

 

Halloween,
Día de los Muertos,
Samhain,
and All That
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Oct. 31, 2021, 5:10 p.m.)

 

Indigenous Peoples Day 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Oct. 17, 2021, 9:59 a.m.)

 

Astronomy in
Chaco Canyon
October 10, 2021
3 PM EDT
(Oct. 7, 2021, 12:55 a.m.)

 

Successful Ice Cream Social in September by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Oct. 6, 2021, 12:06 a.m.)

 

Newsletter for August 2021 (Oct. 4, 2021, 2:46 p.m.)

 

Newsletter for July 2021 (Oct. 4, 2021, 2:43 p.m.)

 

Newsletter for June, 2021 (Oct. 4, 2021, 2:39 p.m.)

 

Please Support Us Through the CFC (Oct. 3, 2021, 8:25 p.m.)

 

Ice Cream Social
Sun. Sept. 26
@ 1 PM
by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Sept. 17, 2021, 9:42 p.m.)

 

Yom Kippur 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Sept. 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.)

 

September is Membership Month by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Sept. 9, 2021, 12:42 a.m.)

 

Rosh Hashanah 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Sept. 7, 2021, 2:02 p.m.)

 

APS Letter of Agreement Finalized for 2021–2022 Academic Year by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Aug. 31, 2021, 3:16 p.m.)

 

Happy First Day of School 2021! by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Aug. 30, 2021, 2:36 p.m.)

 

Arlington County Fair 2021 by Jennifer Lynn Bartlett (Aug. 20, 2021, 12:42 p.m.)

 

Live Virtual Presentation: “Era of the Space Start-Ups” (June 14, 2021, 9:23 a.m.)

 

Newsletter for May, 2021 (June 12, 2021, 5:47 p.m.)

 

Grants for Teachers 2021 by Jennifer Bartlett (June 11, 2021, 10:56 a.m.)

 

Newsletter for April, 2021 (May 14, 2021, 4:30 p.m.)

 

Newsletter for March, 2021 (April 26, 2021, 12:08 p.m.)

 

Newsletter for February, 2021 (April 26, 2021, 11:12 a.m.)

 

Volcanoes of the US: A Geologic Cornucopia (April 11, 2021, 12:41 p.m.)

 

Newsletter for January, 2021 (April 7, 2021, 7:01 p.m.)

 

Annual Meeting 2021 Recap by Jennifer Bartlett (March 5, 2021, 10:38 p.m.)

 

FOTP 2020 Annual Meeting (Dec. 19, 2020, 8:01 p.m.)

 

Please Donate on this Giving Tuesday (Nov. 24, 2020, 10:52 a.m.)

 

Voices from the Sky Sunday, November 15th, 3pm EST. (Nov. 7, 2020, 12:49 p.m.)

 

The Planetarium is closed temporarily—but our programs continue (Nov. 7, 2020, 12:38 a.m.)

 

American Archaeoastronomy: Free Online Program, August 25 (Aug. 25, 2020, 6:05 p.m.)

 

SuperMoon Science Sunday (Feb. 27, 2020, 4:31 p.m.)

 

Grants for Teachers (Feb. 17, 2020, 11:37 p.m.)

 

Darwin Trivia & MST3K Movie Night (Jan. 24, 2020, 12:27 p.m.)

 

The City Dark (Jan. 7, 2020, 11:10 p.m.)

 

2020 Annual Meeting (Jan. 7, 2020, 10:58 p.m.)

 

50th anniversary of the David M. Brown Planetarium (Oct. 28, 2019, 1:32 a.m.)

 

Theory of Relativity: celebrating 100 Years (Oct. 15, 2019, 5:40 p.m.)

 

Theory of Relativity at 100 Years and Counting (Oct. 5, 2019, 8:56 a.m.)

 

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe October 18–20 (Sept. 15, 2019, 4:37 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2019–2020 Schedule (Aug. 3, 2019, 12:30 a.m.)

 

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration (July 3, 2019, 11:03 a.m.)

 

May 17–19: Apollo 11 Remembered: Tickets Now Available (May 4, 2019, 12:37 a.m.)

 

Space Telescopes (April 18, 2019, 3:35 p.m.)

 

Weather and Climate Change (March 13, 2019, 11:31 p.m.)

 

Darwin and Evolution (Feb. 5, 2019, 11:32 p.m.)

 

WEATHER CLOSURE (Jan. 12, 2019, 10:38 p.m.)

 

Exploring Mars this weekend at the Planetarium (Jan. 8, 2019, 10:44 p.m.)

 

Join the Board of Directors (Dec. 19, 2018, 3:06 p.m.)

 

Annual Meeting (Dec. 19, 2018, 2:08 p.m.)

 

Christmas 2018 (Dec. 11, 2018, 8:55 p.m.)

 

Art & Science (Nov. 12, 2018, 10:24 p.m.)

 

Planetary Paint & Sip (Oct. 17, 2018, 8:45 p.m.)

 

Exoplanets: Special Weekend October 19-21 (Oct. 12, 2018, 11:10 p.m.)

 

Eat to Help the Planetarium (Oct. 2, 2018, 6:42 p.m.)

 

VOLCANOES (Sept. 11, 2018, 7:17 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2018–2019 Schedule (Aug. 28, 2018, 12:53 p.m.)

 

Special Events This Weekend - June 16-17! by Kathi Overton (June 13, 2018, 8:37 a.m.)

 

May Special Weekend: Motion of the Heavens: Galileo and Newton (May 8, 2018, 2:09 p.m.)

 

Collision Course with Earth: April 20 - 22 (April 12, 2018, 4:01 p.m.)

 

Fundraiser at Lost Dog Cafe: Thursday, April 26th, 2018 (April 10, 2018, 3:24 p.m.)

 

March Friends Weekend: Stargazing 101 (March 9, 2018, 9:49 a.m.)

 

2018 SMASH Contest: Deadline Today (March 4, 2018, 1:10 p.m.)

 

February Weekend: Darwin & Date Night (Jan. 19, 2018, 12:33 p.m.)

 

Ocean of New Worlds (Jan. 15, 2018, 11:16 a.m.)

 

2018 Annual Meeting (Jan. 13, 2018, 10:18 a.m.)

 

Beacon in the Winter Sky (Dec. 11, 2017, 10:58 a.m.)

 

Important Update for Sunday, 11/19/17! by Kathi Overton (Nov. 18, 2017, 11:15 p.m.)

 

Lunar Wonders (Nov. 13, 2017, 4:19 p.m.)

 

Our Redesign (Nov. 3, 2017, 8:35 p.m.)

 

35th Annual NOVAC Star Gaze Saturday, October 21, 2017 (Oct. 17, 2017, 9:36 a.m.)

 

Immense Telescopes that Sail the Night Above (Oct. 16, 2017, 9:08 p.m.)

 

Upload Your 2017 Eclipse Images (Sept. 16, 2017, 3:45 p.m.)

 

Icy Frontier of the Solar System (Sept. 11, 2017, 3:04 p.m.)

 

Summertime and the Viewing is Easy (May 17, 2017, 10:56 a.m.)

 

Rockets, Probes & Space Stations (April 11, 2017, 9:59 a.m.)

 

The Art of Science by Lee Phillips (Feb. 25, 2017, 12:24 p.m.)

 

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Exploring Evolution & Celebrating Darwin Day (Feb. 3, 2017, 10:50 a.m.)

 

January, 2017 FOTP Events: Citizen Science and the Friends' Annual Meeting (Jan. 9, 2017, 8:14 p.m.)

 

The 2016 SMASH Contest is Now Open (Jan. 7, 2017, 12:13 p.m.)

 

Science and the Christmas Star (Dec. 3, 2016, 1:47 p.m.)

 

November Friends Weekend: “On the Shoulders of Giants” (Oct. 27, 2016, 9:49 p.m.)

 

November Friends Weekend: Advance Notice (Oct. 25, 2016, 9:38 a.m.)

 

September Friends Weekend: Amateur Astronomy, Telescopes and Stargazing (Sept. 10, 2016, 7:44 a.m.)

 

Welcome Back: the September Friends' Weekend (Aug. 26, 2016, 12:13 p.m.)

 

The 2016 Perseid Meteors by Lee Phillips (Aug. 19, 2016, 4:43 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2017–2018 Schedule (July 6, 2016, 12:56 p.m.)

 

June Friends' Weekend: PLANETS by Lee Phillips (June 9, 2016, 11:06 p.m.)

 

May 20-22: Transits and Eclipses (May 15, 2016, 10:44 p.m.)

 

View the Transit of Mercury (May 6, 2016, 9:31 p.m.)

 

Human Space Exploration (April 13, 2016, 4:55 p.m.)

 

Panel Discussion on Science Fiction and Future Technology on March 20th, 2016 by Kathi Overton (March 13, 2016, 11:01 a.m.)

 

March 2016 Friends Weekend - Science Fiction Festival! by Kathi Overton (March 9, 2016, 8:37 p.m.)

 

February Friends' Weekend: Darwin and Evolution by Lee Phillips (Feb. 11, 2016, 10:39 p.m.)

 

2016 Annual Meeting (Jan. 20, 2016, 2:30 p.m.)

 

FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM JANUARY WEEKEND, January 15-17, 2016: “ALL ABOUT TIME!” by Lee Phillips (Jan. 8, 2016, 2:03 p.m.)

 

Science and the Christmas Star by Lee Phillips (Dec. 13, 2015, 12:17 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium November Weekend: A Tribute to Carl Sagan by Lee Phillips (Nov. 9, 2015, 9:36 p.m.)

 

The Second Annual Tribute to Carl Sagan by Lee Phillips (Oct. 28, 2015, 1:35 p.m.)

 

“If you seek his memorial, look about you” by Lee Phillips (Oct. 20, 2015, 12:10 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium October 2015 Weekend by Lee Phillips (Oct. 5, 2015, 10:20 a.m.)

 

The Planetarium Calendar by Lee Phillips (Oct. 5, 2015, 10:18 a.m.)

 

The 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Fall Fundraising Festival by Lee Phillips (Sept. 21, 2015, 5:18 p.m.)

 

September 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Weekend: Fall Fundraising Kick-Off by Lee Phillips (Sept. 9, 2015, 9:37 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2015-2016 Schedule by Lee Phillips (Aug. 26, 2015, 10:04 a.m.)

 

The Final Friends Weekend of the Season by Lee Phillips (June 23, 2015, 11:03 p.m.)

 

June 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: The Sun by Lee Phillips (June 12, 2015, 7:27 p.m.)

 

Community Events by Lee Phillips (May 19, 2015, 3:01 p.m.)

 

May 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: robots by Lee Phillips (May 3, 2015, 9:51 a.m.)

 

April 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: NASA by Lee Phillips (April 8, 2015, 8:47 p.m.)

 

Planetarium Invaded and Occupied by Galactic Empire by Lee Phillips (March 22, 2015, 12:33 p.m.)

 

March 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: Science Fiction by Lee Phillips (March 7, 2015, 4:39 p.m.)

 

The 2015 SMASH Contest is Now Open by Lee Phillips (March 6, 2015, 5:01 p.m.)

 

Natural Selection - Extra Screening by Lee Phillips (Feb. 23, 2015, 7:42 p.m.)

 

February 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LIFE! by Lee Phillips (Feb. 4, 2015, 9:19 a.m.)

 

Friends' Annual Meeting on January 24th by Kathi Overton (Jan. 23, 2015, 6:08 p.m.)

 

January 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LASERS! by Lee Phillips (Jan. 1, 2015, 4:40 p.m.)

 

Annie Jump Cannon’s Birthday by Lee Phillips (Dec. 11, 2014, 10:44 a.m.)

 

December 2014 Friends of the Planetarium programming: Science and the Christmas Star by Lee Phillips (Dec. 2, 2014, 10:05 p.m.)

 

NOVEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING - A Tribute to Cosmos by Maria L. Dittrich (Nov. 2, 2014, 4:40 p.m.)

 

The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014 by Lee Phillips (Oct. 24, 2014, 8:21 p.m.)

 

OCTOBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (Sept. 30, 2014, 10:40 p.m.)

 

SUCCESS! Friends' Fantastic Fall Fundraising Fest by Maria L. Dittrich (Sept. 22, 2014, 10:43 p.m.)

 

MEET ISAAC NEWTON! Sept. 20, 2014 – Free Events by Maria L. Dittrich (Sept. 13, 2014, 10:54 a.m.)

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: Sept. 19-21, 2014 by Maria L. Dittrich (Sept. 3, 2014, 10:46 a.m.)

 

2014 DAVID M. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP Winner Honored by Maria L. Dittrich (Aug. 20, 2014, 8:58 p.m.)

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2014-2015 Schedule by Maria L. Dittrich (July 6, 2014, 10 p.m.)

 

International Space Station (ISS) Flyover by Maria L. Dittrich (June 5, 2014, 4:53 p.m.)

 

JUNE 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: June 13-15, 2014 by Maria L. Dittrich (May 27, 2014, 1:28 a.m.)

 

MAY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: May 16-18, 2014 by Maria L. Dittrich (April 28, 2014, 11:30 a.m.)

 

April 2014 Science and Engineering Festival (April 9, 2014, 12:24 p.m.)

 

Exoplanet weekend kickoff by Maria L. Dittrich (March 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m.)

 

MARCH 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (March 4, 2014, 5:26 p.m.)

 

Moon Reflections by Maria L. Dittrich (Feb. 16, 2014, 5:48 p.m.)

 

FEBRUARY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (Jan. 28, 2014, 9:25 a.m.)

 

2014 Annual Meeting Wrap-up by Lee Phillips (Jan. 14, 2014, 3:47 p.m.)

 

Annual Meeting on January 11, 2014 (Dec. 9, 2013, 12:26 a.m.)

 

Brig Pari is ISCC Woman of the Year (Nov. 30, 2013, 12:36 p.m.)

 

DECEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (Nov. 25, 2013, 8:12 p.m.)

 

Rocket Launch Today! by Alice Monet (Nov. 19, 2013, 8:25 a.m.)

 

Comet ISON Photo Contest by Maria L. Dittrich (Nov. 4, 2013, 10:57 p.m.)

 

This Morning’s Solar Eclipse: a Post-Mortem by Lee Phillips (Nov. 3, 2013, 8:43 p.m.)

 

NOVEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (Oct. 29, 2013, 10:16 p.m.)

 

Sunday Science: the MAVEN Mission to Mars by Alice Monet (Oct. 20, 2013, 7:41 p.m.)

 

Comet ISON Still Intact by Alice Monet (Oct. 18, 2013, 9:49 a.m.)

 

Announcing the 2nd Annual SMASH Contest by Alice Monet (Oct. 11, 2013, 11:03 a.m.)

 

OCTOBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING by Maria L. Dittrich (Oct. 2, 2013, 11:04 a.m.)

 

This Year's Friends' Weekends (Oct. 1, 2013, 5:19 p.m.)

 

Annual Review 2012-2013 (Oct. 1, 2013, 9:51 a.m.)

 

History (Sept. 20, 2013, 4:31 p.m.)

 

Donors (Sept. 20, 2013, 3:30 p.m.)

 

The Board, Advisory Council, and Corporation (Sept. 20, 2013, 1:54 p.m.)

 

September Friends of the Planetarium Programming (Sept. 19, 2013, 12:08 p.m.)

 

Maria Mitchell's Birthday by Lee Phillips (Aug. 1, 2013, 1:13 p.m.)

 

Astronomy News

2/9/2022 11:18 The JWST Takes Its First Direct Image of an Exoplanet: The James Webb Space Telescope has captured direct infrared images of exoplanet HIP 65426 b, first discovered by the VLT.
31/8/2022 11:31 Webb inspects the heart of the Phantom Galaxy: A combined image from the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble: “New images of the spectacular Phantom Galaxy, M74, showcase the power of space observatories working together in multiple wavelengths.”
27/8/2022 20:22 Identification of carbon dioxide in an exoplanet atmosphere: The James Webb Space Telescope has detected CO2 in the atmosphere of a gas giant exoplanet known as WASP-39b using transmission spectroscopy. This planet has about the same mass as Saturn but is about 50% larger.
3/8/2022 17:43 As Earth spins faster, Meta joins fight against leap seconds: Facebook is whining about having to handle time correctly.
2/8/2022 10:55 JWST Observing Schedules
12/7/2022 12:48 First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope: Five wonderful images on NASA’s website.
23/6/2022 11:06 Five major planets to line up in rare planetary conjunction: “The last time this conjunction happened was 2004 and it won’t be seen again until 2040.”
10/5/2022 13:44 Total lunar eclipse May 15-16, 2022: In a few days most of the Western hemisphere will be treated to a total supermoon eclipse.
22/4/2022 12:01 Lyrids Meteor Shower 2022: They peak this year today and tomorrow.
23/2/2022 11:04 The Parker Solar Probe Captures Surprising Images of Venus Nightside: ‘A visible glow from our sister planet’s nightside sheds new light on a 300-year-old observing enigma dubbed the “ashen light.”’
19/2/2022 15:01 February Antares Launch to the International Space Station: On February 19th, 2022, Mission CRS-17, an Antares rocket with 8,300 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station, lifted off from Wallops Island. All went well.
11/2/2022 8:43 Earth-like planet spotted orbiting Sun’s closest star: A team using the ESPRESSO spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Cerro Paranal, Chile has, with high confidence, observed a third planet orbiting Proxima Centauri.
24/1/2022 14:47 Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2: “Today, at 2 p.m. EST, Webb fired its onboard thrusters for nearly five minutes (297 seconds) to complete the final postlaunch course correction to Webb’s trajectory. This mid-course correction burn inserted Webb toward its final orbit around the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, nearly 1 million miles away from the Earth.”
21/1/2022 8:48 Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites hindering detection of near-Earth asteroids: “A new study has concluded that the sheer amount of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites in orbit is causing streaks to appear on telescope imagery, obstructing the observation of asteroids.”
19/1/2022 21:24 Webb Space Telescope Mirror Segment Deployments Completed: “This completes the multi-day multi-step activity to activate and move each of its 18 primary mirror segments (which are adjustable) out of their launch configuration.”
2/1/2022 10:52 Nebulosity is now free and open-source: The capture and processing application for astronomy photography is now developed on Github. For Windows and macOS only.
26/12/2021 11:42 Webb Antenna Released and Tested: “Shortly after 10 am EST on Dec. 26, the Webb team began the process of releasing the gimbaled antenna assembly, or GAA, which includes Webb’s high-data-rate dish antenna. This antenna will be used to send at least 28.6 Gbytes of science data down from the observatory, twice a day. The team has now released and tested the motion of the antenna assembly — the entire process took about one hour.”
23/12/2021 11:07 JWST launch date confirmed for 25 December: The launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope is set for 25 December, as early as possible within the window beginning at 7:20 am EST (12:20 GMT). The telescope is now attached to the launch rocket which is being pulled by truck to the launch pad.
23/11/2021 8:48 Accident delays launch of James Webb Space Telescope: A minor mishap during launch preparations has pushed back the planned launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope to at least December 22.