It’s here! A brand new citizen science project! Everyone, welcome Mercury Mappers to our happy family. Technically, it is still in “beta” which means that all the site content isn’t in place, but we are so excited to have the data and tools up and running that we’re going ahead and sharing it anyway. This project lets you get a close-up look at the Solar System’s innermost planet through the “eyes” of spacecraft MESSENGER which has been in orbit since [...]
Having a slow night? Can’t find anything to watch on Netflix? Maybe you need some podcast goodness to get you through your commute? The subject of astronomy entertainment came up in two recent Hangouts, so I’d like to share these resources here as well. First up, I took over the Virtual Star Party last Sunday where things got a bit silly, and we had some gorgeous astrophotography coming in from Gary Gonnella and Thad Szabo. We had a question about [...]
Today would have been Carl Sagan’s 78th birthday. In honor of his passion for the cosmos, education, and the planet, we celebrate his life and legacy with events, viewings of “Cosmos,” and… puppets! Thanks to Death by Puppets for sending this along. You are truly made of star stuff.
I promised you all a silly video of we reached 450,000 craters yesterday. And I deliver on my promises… Let’s get to 500,000 by the end of the week! Do it for AstroStu. Do it for SCIENCE! Do it for my sanity.
We have a double-header of science goodness coming up to perk up your Wednesday slump. First, Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society will be hosting the Weekly Science Hour at 4 PDT/7 EDT (23 UT). She’s chatting with Ravi Prakash about Curiosity, specifically the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL to the acronym-happy NASA folks). With the landing scheduled for August 6th for Curiosity, or Mars Science Lander, they’ll explain this unique landing system which involves a skycrane. Yes, really. SKYCRANE. [...]