Hey, everyone. It’s Nicole here, posting from my hotel at the American Astronomical Society’s 222nd meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tomorrow I’m presenting my poster (#120.1) on the “1.5 years of CosmoQuest” complete with site stats, users stats, and the preliminary results of the survey that you are all taking. (And I thank you graciously for continuing to answer it! I look forward to analyzing the full results.) I won’t be doing an official CosmoQuest MeetUp when I’m here, although if [...]
Going to SXSW in Austin, Texas, this month? Well so are we! NASA is joining in with the interactive part of the festival with a bunch of amazing and FREE events March 8 – 10th. Maybe you’ve seen the promo? If you are anywhere near the Long Center for the Performing Arts that weekend, you won’t be able to miss the replica James Webb Space Telescope model out on display. It’s kind of large, like tennis court-sized large, and has [...]
Hey, all! This post is a round-up of some of the things we talked about during our most recent Learning Space Hangout. As we had video and audio issues, you all can check out the resources below. Links provided by Connie Walker: video: “The Day the Lights Went Out” at http://www.globalexplorers.org/nightskies/ GaN home page: www.globeatnight.org GaN Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GLOBEatNight GaN report page: www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ Easy map maker: www.globeatnight.org/mapapp/ GaN “Adopt-a-Street” program: www.globeatnight.org/aas2013.php GaN resources page: www.globeatnight.org/pdf/ The International Dark-Sky Association: www.darksky.org The international “Earth and Sky Photo Contest”: www.TWANight.org/contest/
A couple of times a year the Moon travels across in front of the planet Jupiter. This occurs as the plane of the solar system is roughly in line with the orbit of our moon but each planet and moon has its own little wobble or slight inclination to the plane and every now and then there is a noteworthy conjunction.
You have no idea how hard it has been for us to keep our lips locked and our keyboards quiet. About 2 months ago, a fabulous team of videographers from Google visited a number of us who are involved in the CosmoQuest Virtual Star Parties. +Owen Katz and +Jessica Brillhart and a whole team of awesome people followed us through our days as we setup for star parties and shared the night sky with you. The results of their video debuted [...]
Happy Solstice! Today at 23:09 UT (4:09pm Pacific, 7:09 Eastern) the Earth’s axis points as much toward the Sun as it possibly can. This marks the changing seasons. That’s a kind of complex statement, so let me try and explain it. The planet Earth rotates around an axis and orbits around the sun. If you think of the Earth as moving on a plane (like the surface of the table), it could be rotating in a lot of different ways, [...]