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6/9/2018 17:41 Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars: We regularly recognize J. B. Burnell’s birthday here, and her role in discovering pulsars, with a commemorative illustration. Now she has been rewarded with the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. She is using the money to establish a scholarship.
27/7/2018 12:02 There Was No Big Bang Singularity: Descriptions of the Universe’s origins as a singularity, although common even on the part of cosmologists, are out of date.
26/7/2018 9:01 Gravitational redshift observed from star orbiting black hole: An impressive confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity.
18/7/2018 10:28 Ten New Moons Discovered Around Jupiter: ‘The newly plotted moons of Jupiter include one “oddball” that orbits in the wrong direction and may be the remnant of a head-on collision.’
15/7/2018 11:18 Space Debris Lands in Kazakhstan: A fireball in the sky leads to a fire on the ground and the discovery of rocket parts, as yet unidentified.
13/7/2018 22:01 Get Some Heaven on Earth at Observatory Park at Turner Farm: ‘Take a guided tour of the heavens at “Family Fun Night at the Telescope” at Observatory Park at Turner Farm.’ The cost is ＄8 per person. Visit the link for location and details.
6/7/2018 15:27 The aphelion occurs today: “On Friday, Earth will swing toward the outermost point in its orbit, known as aphelion. You, me and everyone on the planet will be three million miles farther from the sun than when we are closest to it.”
6/6/2018 9:09 Tiny Asteroid Discovered Saturday Disintegrates Hours Later Over Southern Africa: With video of the fireball.
26/1/2018 14:47 Astronomers enraged by huge man-made star: “This is stupid, vandalises the night sky and corrupts our view of the cosmos”.
15/1/2018 22:47 Mystery funders of Arecibo radio telescope can celebrate an early success: “Dish saved from demolition gets best look yet at fast radio bursts.”
6/12/2017 11:39 Giant Planetarium Opens in New Jersey: The Hayden Planetarium could fit inside “with room to spare.”
3/12/2017 10:37 How to See the Brightest Supermoon of 2017: The “December 3 full moon will be relatively close to Earth and will appear about seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual.”
27/11/2017 10:12 NASA’s next flagship telescope is “not executable” in its current form: A new report questions the viability of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope and criticizes NASA’s management practices.
12/8/2017 12:27 Planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: This excellent, illustrated guide from 2015 covers weather, roads, crowds, navigation, and strategies for wrangling photographic equipment. And more.
28/7/2017 18:09 Travel the path of the solar eclipse: A great interactive aid for planning your eclipse viewing.
20/6/2017 7:39 Nighttime Rocket Launch To Create Colorful Clouds in Space: The much delayed NASA sounding rocket
has a good chance of lifting off tonight too many clouds again — next attempt on June 24th with a launch window between 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. from Wallops Island, Virginia, considering the weather report. The launch window is from 9:06 to 9:21 pm local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
12/6/2017 22:34 Interesting Wallops Launch Tomorrow: It’s been delayed twice, but with luck NASA will launch a sounding rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, tomorrow night between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
23/5/2017 10:40 Staff Recommends Denying Historic Designation for Potential High School Site: “Under the plan for historic designation, the Education Center and the adjacent David M. Brown Planetarium would be saved from possible demolition [...] School Board members do not support pursuing historic designation”.
4/5/2017 18:53 Ever want to ask a real life astronaut a question? Here’s your chance!: Astronaut Jeanette Epps will be taking your questions in an Answer Time session on Friday, May 5 from 10am - 11am ET here on NASA’s Tumblr.
26/4/2017 16:46 Planetariums — not just for kids: “Planetariums are not just for education, or even astronomy: they could display all sorts of data, if only scientists thought to use them”.