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NASA Whats Up for May

NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

What's Up? -- A monthly video that gives tips for where you can find the moon, planets and stars in the night sky. Also includes amateur astronomy news and updates on NASA missions.

FaviconWhat's Up - May 2016

Posted on: 2 May 2016, 6:14 pm

Two huge solar system highlights: Mercury transits the sun and Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years.

ESO European Southern Observatory ESOcast

ESOcast SD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier with our host Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske.

FaviconESOcast 84: The New E-ELT Design Unveiled

Posted on: 25 May 2016, 9:00 am

ESO has awarded the biggest contract in ground-based astronomy — to build the E-ELT dome and telescope structure. So it’s a good time to take a look at what the E-ELT will be.


Hubblecast HD

The latest news about astronomy, space and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope presented in High Definition is only for devices that play High Definition video (not iPhone or iPod). To watch the Hubblecast on your iPod and/or iPhone, please download the Standard Definition version also available on iTunes.

FaviconHubblecast 92: 26th anniversary

Posted on: 21 Apr 2016, 11:00 am

On 24 April 1990, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was sent into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Now it is celebrating its 26th anniversary. As in the last years Hubble spent a modest portion of its observing time to observe a special chosen object. This year, Hubble re-observed an object, it already captured over 15 years ago: NGC 7635, better known as the Bubble Nebula.

CBS New Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night


NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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FaviconMice Studies in Space Offer Clues on Bone Loss 25 May 2016, 11:00 am

Research on mice in zero gravity helps keep astronaut bones strong — and treat osteoperosis on Earth.

FaviconAerial Images Show Decades of Foothill Forest Growth Erased Due to California’s Extreme Drought 23 May 2016, 7:02 pm

NASA data reveals that three decades of forest growth was erased by the severe California drought over a wide area of the lower-elevation Sierra Nevada mountain region during the past couple years.

FaviconNASA Satellite Data Show Rapid Recovery for Some California Forests Despite Drought 19 May 2016, 4:00 pm

NASA researchers have found that years of California's drought conditions have not slowed the regrowth of tree and shrub cover in areas burned by wildfires.

FaviconSPHERES: How a Class Project Turned into an Experiment Facility in Space 18 May 2016, 2:51 pm

Seventeen years ago in a classroom not that far away, the SPHERES facility was born. As it prepares for the 2018 hand-off to the next generation robotic free-flyer, Astrobee, team members look ahead to the future, while celebrating the successes of nearly 600 test hours over 117 test sessions by 38 on-orbit crew members.

FaviconNASA Small Satellite Duo Deploys from Space Station into Earth Orbit 17 May 2016, 3:20 pm

After a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s two Nodes satellites were deployed on May 16 from the NanoRacks platform and into low-Earth orbit to begin their much anticipated technology demonstration.

Astronomy News

Space.com News Feed

Favicon Astronaut Drew Feustel - Where We Could Go With Orion | Video

NASA's Orion spacecraft may takes us to asteroids, Mars, the Moon and beyond. The NASA astronaut and Hubble Space Telescope repairman shares his optimism for the future of space exploration with @DavidSkyBrody.

Favicon Asteroid Rebuttal: NASA Pushes Back Against Nathan Myhrvold's Claims

Former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold is off base in his criticisms of an asteroid-studying NASA mission, agency officials say.

Favicon Red Planet Heats Up: Ice Age Ending on Mars

Previous Martian climate models suggested that such orbital changes could lead to ice ages on Mars, where ice would cover most of the planet. Now researchers say they have found evidence of these ice ages.

Favicon WATCH LIVE @ 5:40 pm ET FRIDAY: SpaceX to Launch Satellite, Try Rocket Landing

SpaceX aims to launch the Thaicom 8 communications satellite, and attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea, on Friday (May 27). Liftoff is scheduled for 5:40 p.m EDT (2140 GMT). Watch live here, courtesy of SpaceX.

Favicon SpaceX's First Two Droneship Landings - Highlight Reel | Video

The private spaceflight company landed the Falcon 9 rocket first stage on their droneship "Of Course I Still Love You' on April 8, 2016 and May 6, 2016 after successful launches. The landings with different angles are shown.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconIC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula 

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FaviconNGC 5078 and Friends 

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FaviconMilky Way Over the Spanish Peaks 

That's not lightning, and it did not strike between those mountains. That's not lightning, and it did not strike between those mountains.

FaviconInside a Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector 

Why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe? Why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe?

FaviconLL Orionis: When Cosmic Winds Collide 

What created this great arc in space? What created this great arc in space?

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconChasma Boreale and North Polar Ice Cap of Mars 26 May 2016, 11:32 am

Mars has bright polar caps of ice that are easily visible from telescopes on Earth. A seasonal cover of carbon-dioxide ice and snow is observed to advance and retreat over the poles during the Martian year. Scientists using radar data have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the north polar ice cap.

FaviconNASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Prepared for Mission to an Asteroid 25 May 2016, 10:18 am

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is revealed after its protective cover is removed inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, on May 21, 2016. OSIRIS-REx, targeted for a Sept. 8 launch, will be the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid, retrieve at least two ounces of surface material and return it to Earth for study.

FaviconFjord and Glacier in East-Central Greenland 24 May 2016, 10:33 am

On May 19, 2016, NASA's IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, crossed Greenland to fly central glacier flowlines in the east-central region of the country. This photo captures the fjord of Violin Glacier, with Nord Glacier at the upper left corner. This is IceBridge's eighth spring campaign of science flights over Arctic sea and land.

FaviconUp and Over 23 May 2016, 10:22 am

Cassini orbited in Saturn's ring plane -- around the planet's equator -- for most of 2015.

FaviconCubeSats Deployed From the International Space Station 20 May 2016, 11:21 am

CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space.

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

Cosmic Perspective Radio Shows

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