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26 July 2017
Summer Heat Too Much for You? NASA has Just the Place for You!
The James Webb telescope is designed to detect light in the infrared portion of the spectrum, and its instruments will only work at a temp. of just a few degrees above absolute zero! But how do you test them?? This is how! The room will keep getting colder and colder. NASA has a live webcam of the room online with a look at the indoor and outdoor temperatures at the …
16 June 2015
Don’t Miss This June Sky Show
Kelly Beatty is my “go to guy” for astronomy questions, and he’s been kind enough to come to the AMS Conference on Broadcast Meteorology for years ( he was an invited talk again this year by the AMS Committee on Station Science of which I’m chair). Kelly writes for Sky and Telescope, and he has a cool podcast about a real sky show later this month. He told us about …
16 April 2014
Can’t Get Enough of Cosmos? Netflix Has 6 Hours of Neil deGrasse Tyson
I have mentioned the lectures you can buy from the Teaching Company before here, and one of those lecture sets is a six lecture series called The Inexplicable Universe, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s worth the money IMHO, but before you buy it, Netflix has made available this entire series for its customers. That’s a pretty good deal. Now, this series does not have all the flash bang the COSMOS …
23 February 2014
Can Neil de Grasse Tyson Bring His Own Magic To Sagan’s Cosmos? Oh Yes!
The first episode of the new COSMOS airs on March 9th (worldwide on Fox, and National Geographic Channel in many countries). Neil de Grasse Tyson (Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York) has been thought of by many of my fellow science geeks to be THE person to do a much-needed update of Carl Sagan’s epic tour of the Universe, and that means filling some big shoes. Sagan died …
6 February 2013
February Is A Good Month To Check Out The Night Sky
Although the asteroid near miss this month will not be easily visible, there are some great things to see in the night sky. NASA JPL has started producing some videos on what to see, and I will start sharing them here as well!