Science@NASA podcast 9 Sep 2009, 06:00 UTC Astronomers declared the Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory with the release of observations from four of its six operating science instruments. Please vote for this podcast at PodcastAlley! Get this podcast story.
StarDate Online 8 Sep 2009, 05:00 UTC "Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works," an exhibition of rare books, globes, and other artifacts from Galileo, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, the Herschel family, and other astronomical pioneers opens today at the University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Center. The exhibit runs through January 4, 2010.
The Planetary Society Radio Podcast 7 Sep 2009, 04:00 UTC Hal McAlister directs the Mt. Wilson Institute. He could barely wait for the firefighters to escort him back up the mountain so that he could assess the damage to this shrine to astronomy. He talks to us from the scene. Bill Nye the Science (and Planetary) Guy considers life in the past and the future. He prefers the future. Emily Lakdawalla explains how we learned a faraway exoplanet is orbiting the wrong way. Bruce Betts moves
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Podcast 4 Sep 2009, 21:00 UTC At the center of our Milky Way galaxy is an area previously unseen by astronomers. Shrouded by clouds of swirling dusts and gases, before now our astronomers could only guess at what might lie behind this thick veil.
Hidden Universe HD 3 Sep 2009, 23:00 UTC The fading light of a flaring young star has shed light on a puzzle involving crystals and comets...
365 Days of Astronomy 2 Sep 2009, 05:12 UTC STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is a two-spacecraft NASA mission orbiting the Sun near Earth’s orbit to study the dynamic eruptions of mass from the outermost atmosphere of the Sun, the Corona. The STEREO spacecraft are very large and have suites of instruments on-board studying specific types of solar science questions. We will feature the science and data being gathered from the IMPACT (In-situ Measurements of Particles and CME Transients) instrument suite. In this podcast we will talk with Dr Janet Luhmann, the principal investigator of IMPACT, about the origin and consequences of coronal mass ejections (CME's), which are the most energetic eruptions on the Sun. Dr. Luhmann shares why we should care about what happens on the Sun. We will also discuss with IMPACT’s Education and Public Outreach Lead, Dr. Laura Peticolas, about whether we can hear the Sun. Can we hear the violent flares and wind that it spits out? Not really in the sense of sound – because there are no sounds in space; but we CAN use the particles, magnetic and electric field and the image data and convert the data into sound to demonstrate what the data tell us. We will explore how images can ...
NASA Blueshift 31 Aug 2009, 19:26 UTC Earlier this summer, Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather told us that data are beautiful when they have meaning. Astronomical images communicate information about the way the universe works and how we know what we know. But can a pretty picture be just as lovely even if you don't know what it's about? We interviewed Dr. Randall Smith of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a collaborator on the Aesthetics & Astronomy project that is looking into how the public perceives multi-wavelength astronomical imagery. A team of scientists, educators, and psychologists are examining the intersection of science and art in the processing of astronomical data. In this conclusion to our summer series on data, Dr. Smith shares some surprising early results from the project that may change the way we communicate with images.