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1915 - 2014

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ASNH Events for April

ASNH Events

Meetings and Outreach Events

Favicon ASNH BOD Meeting

When: Tue Apr 1, 2014 7pm to Tue Apr 1, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe by Dr. Meg Urry

When: Wed Apr 2, 2014 8pm to 10pm  EDT

Where: Sturm Memorial Leture at Wesleyan Univ. CFA Hall
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Open House Bethany Observing Station Public Observing (canceled)

When: Fri Apr 4, 2014 7pm to Fri Apr 4, 2014 11pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: Once a month the Observatory is opened to the public

Favicon Discovery Museum Space Day 2014

When: Sat Apr 5, 2014 10am to 5pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Regional Water Authority Outreach Event at Lake Gaillard

When: Sat Apr 5, 2014 7pm to Sat Apr 5, 2014 10pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Al / Greg Meteorites at WAS

When: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8am to 10am  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Silver Sands State Park Public Observing (canceled)

When: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7pm to Fri Apr 18, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Silver Sands State Park, Milford, CT.
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Young's Pond Park Public Observing

When: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7pm to Sat Apr 19, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Young's Pond Park, Brandford, CT
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH General Meeting

When: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7pm to Tue Apr 29, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Yale Leitner Student Observatory
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: The general membership meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.


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FaviconIRIS Science Cafe #2 - The Mission 23 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

You asked us about the structure of the sun and how it functions. Come learn more about how the center of our solar system really works!

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FaviconNASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface 18 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

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FaviconLADEE Project Manager Update: Who’s Afraid of the Dark? 17 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

After the primary mission concluded in March, we have been allowing the spacecraft to go much lower in altitude, in order to obtain the really high-value science data, accepting the risk of flying barely above the lunar terrain.

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FaviconNew Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins 15 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.

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FaviconNASA to Provide Live Coverage and Commentary of April 14-15 Lunar Eclipse 11 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

The public will have the opportunity to view and learn more about the upcoming total lunar eclipse on NASA television, the agency's website and social media.

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Astronomy News


Something amazing every day.

Favicon'Starship View' of Earth and Moon Captured by NASA Jupiter Probe (Video) 10 Dec 2013, 4:45 pm

Display the item's primary content. NASA's Juno spacecraft captured an amazing "starship-like view" of Earth and the moon as it made a speedy flyby past our planet on its way to Jupiter in October.


FaviconHi Juno! Ham Radio Operators Call NASA’s Jupiter Spacecraft | Video 10 Dec 2013, 3:28 pm

Display the item's primary content. See how amateur ham radio operators beamed messages to NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft during its Earth flyby of Oct. 9, 2013. Did their morse code messages of hello reach Juno?


FaviconRobonaut 2, NASA's Humanoid Space Robot, Will Get Legs Soon (Video) 10 Dec 2013, 3:11 pm

Display the item's primary content. NASA's robotic astronaut helper is getting its space legs. The space agency is developing two lower limbs for Robonaut 2, a robot designed to eventually help astronauts with tasks on the International Space Station.


FaviconStarship-Style Earth Fly-By From Jupiter-Bound Probe | Video 10 Dec 2013, 2:54 pm

Display the item's primary content. This cosmic pirouette of Earth and our moon was captured by the Juno spacecraft as it flew by Earth on Oct. 9, 2013. Set be inserted into Jupiter orbit in August 2016.


FaviconSaturn’s Strange Vortex | Space Wallpaper 10 Dec 2013, 2:16 pm

Display the item's primary content. This colorful space wallpaper from NASA's Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon." Image obtained on Dec. 10, 2012 and released Dec. 4, 2013.


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FaviconRed Moon, Green Beam 

Red Moon, Green Beam Red Moon, Green Beam

FaviconWaterton Lake Eclipse 

Waterton Lake Eclipse Waterton Lake Eclipse

FaviconSpica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon 

A beautiful, reddened A beautiful, reddened

FaviconMammatus Clouds over Nebraska 

When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles? When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles?

FaviconAn Unusual Globule in IC 1396 

An Unusual Globule in IC 1396     An Unusual Globule in IC 1396

NASA Image Of The Day

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FaviconCape Canaveral Launch Site Seen From the International Space Station 18 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson captured this view of Cape Canaveral, Florida from the International Space Station, sharing it on Instagram on April 14, 2014. At Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX is preparing to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiment hardware, on its third commercial resupply mission to the space station. The SpaceX-3 launch is scheduled for Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT with an instantaneous launch window. The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 40 percent chance of favorable conditions at launch time. A launch Friday will send Dragon on a course to rendezvous with the station Sunday morning. Commander Koichi Wakata and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio will capture the space freighter using the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 7:14 a.m. to set it up for its berthing to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. The backup launch opportunity for the launch of SpaceX-3 is Saturday, April 19 at 3:02 p.m. > International Space Station on Instagram > SpaceX-3 Launch Blog Image Credit: NASA

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FaviconAstronauts Pay a Visit to Surveyor 3 17 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

On April 17, 1967, NASA's Surveyor 3 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to the lunar surface. A little more than two years after it landed on the moon with the goal of paving the way for a future human mission, the Surveyor 3 spacecraft got a visit from Apollo 12 Commander Charles Conrad Jr. and astronaut Alan L. Bean, who snapped this photo on November 20, 1969. After Surveyor 1's initial studies of the lunar surface in 1966, Surveyor 3 made further inroads into preparations for human missions to the moon. Using a surface sampler to study the lunar soil, Surveyor 3 conducted experiments to see how the lunar surface would fare against the weight of an Apollo lunar module. The moon lander, which was the second of the Surveyor series to make a soft landing on the moon, also gathered information on the lunar soil's radar reflectivity and thermal properties in addition to transmitting more than 6,000 photographs of its surroundings. The Apollo 12 Lunar Module, visible in the background at right, landed about 600 feet from Surveyor 3 in the Ocean of Storms. The television camera and several other pieces were taken from Surveyor 3 and brought back to Earth for scientific examination. Here, Conrad examines the Surveyor's TV camera prior to detaching it. Astronaut Richard F. Gordon Jr. remained with the Apollo 12 Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit while Conrad and Bean descended in the LM to explore the moon. > Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3 > Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Looks at Apollo 12, Surveyor 3 Landing Sites Image Credit: NASA

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FaviconGrand Canyon Geology Lessons on View 16 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south. The Colorado River has done all the erosional work of carving away cubic kilometers of rock in a geologically short period of time. Visible as a darker line snaking along the bottom of the canyon, the river lies at an altitude of 715 meters (2,345 feet), thousands of meters below the North and South Rims. Temperatures are furnace-like on the river banks in the summer. But Grand Canyon Village, the classic outlook point for visitors, enjoys a milder climate at an altitude of 2,100 meters (6,890 feet). The Grand Canyon has become a geologic icon—a place where you can almost sense the invisible tectonic forces within the Earth. The North and South Rims are part of the Kaibab Plateau, a gentle tectonic swell in the landscape. The uplift of the plateau had two pronounced effects on the landscape that show up in this image. First, in drier parts of the world, forests usually indicate higher places; higher altitudes are cooler and wetter, conditions that allow trees to grow. The other geologic lesson on view is the canyon itself. Geologists now know that a river can cut a canyon only if the Earth surface rises vertically. If such uplift is not rapid, a river can maintain its course by eroding huge quantities of rock and forming a canyon. This astronaut photograph (ISS039-E-5258) was taken on March 25, 2014 by the Expedition 39 crew, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 180 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. > View annotated image Image Credit: NASA Caption: M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs at NASA-JSC

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FaviconTotal Lunar Eclipse 15 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States, in its entirety, will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse again until 2019. This image was taken in San Jose, Calif. Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day

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FaviconClimbing Legs for Robonaut 2 Headed to International Space Station 14 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA has built and is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2 (R2), the station's robotic crewmember. The new legs are scheduled to launch on the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. These new legs, funded by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research. Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of nine feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the foot, called an "end effector," which allows the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station. A vision system for the end effectors also will be used to verify and eventually automate each limb's approach and grasp. > Read more Image Credit: NASA

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Faces of the Moon A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

There Once Was A Sky Full Of Stars A new book by ASNH member Bob Crelin Click the book below for information on the book

The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography A new book by ASNH member Ruben Kier Click the book below for a review from Springer.com

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