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February 20: John Glenn’s Fireflies and the Astronauts’ Constellation

Date: February 20, 2009 Title: John Glenn’s Fireflies and the Astronauts’ Constellation Podcaster: Robert Pearlman Link: www.collectSPACE.com Description: February 20, 2009 marks the 47th anniversary of the first American in orbit. Astronaut John Glenn circled the Earth three times and in the process, discovered a new stellar phenomena… or did he? collectSPACE.com recounts the tale of  John Glenn’s “fireflies” […]

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February 19: Wil Tirion: Uranographer

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Date: February 19, 2009 Title: Wil Tirion: Uranographer Podcaster: Christopher Watson Organization: The SkyGX Project Description: Dutch graphic designer Wil Tirion is the undisputed preeminent celestial cartographer of our time. Creator of such seminal works as “Sky Atlas 2000.0” and “Uranometria 2000.0”, Tirion set the standard for printed sky atlases in the 20th century and beyond. On this […]

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February 18: Pluto – The Planet that isn’t a Planet Anymore

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Date: February 18, 2009 Title: Pluto – The Planet that isn’t a Planet Anymore Podcaster: Susan Murph Organization: How To Grow Your Geek  http://www.howtogrowyourgeek.net/ Description: Beginning with a convoluted discovery in 1930, then being named by an 11-year-old girl, Pluto got off to a rather non-traditional start as a planet. It continued to be largely uninvestigated until only […]

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February 17: Nicolaus Copernicus

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Date: February 17, 2009 Title: Nicolaus Copernicus Podcaster: John McFarland Organization: Johannes Kepler Project   www.johanneskepler.org Description: Every school child knows about Copernicus and the famous theory he proposed in his 1543 book but there is so much more to know about this amazing man and his achievements. Copernicus spent three decades studying the night […]

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This stuff is far!

There is now a video to go along with the theme song for The 365 Days of Astronomy. George Hrab has added some verses, mixed things up a bit and made a very entertaining video to go along with it. Why, here it is now! We have gotten a lot of email about the theme […]

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February 16: Steering by the Planets

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Date: February 16,2009 Title: Steering by the Planets Podcaster: Emily Lakdawalla Organization: The Planetary Society http://www.planetary.org/blog/ http://www.planetary.org/radio/ Description: Tomorrow, the Dawn spacecraft will pass close to Mars for a gravity-assist flyby. Gravity assists are one of the most important and under appreciated tools in space exploration. Without them, we wouldn’t have nearly as many spacecraft exploring nearly […]

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February 15: The Life and Achievements of Galileo Galilei

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Date: February 15, 2009 Title: The Life and Achievements of Galileo Galilei Podcaster: Ted Haulley Description: A short biography of Galileo, discussing some of the accomplishments that have made some call him the “Father of Modern Science.”  The main focus will be his writings on heliocentrism and conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church, but his […]

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February 14th: Astronomical References in Shakespeare

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Date: February 14, 2009 Title: Astronomical References in Shakespeare Podcaster: Robert Knop Organization: The Meta Institute of Computational Astronomy www.mica-vw.org Description: Shakespeare’s plays are full of the occasional astronomical reference.  Whether it is a reference to “the stars”, a specific referenced to the number of stars in the Pleiades, or even a veiled reference to […]

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