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ASNH Events for October

ASNH Events

Meetings and Outreach Events

Favicon Trumbull Nature & Arts Center Outreach Event

When: Sat Oct 4, 2014 7:30pm to Sat Oct 4, 2014 10:30pm  EDT

Where: Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, Trumbull Ct
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Madison Moonlight Walk

When: Sun Oct 5, 2014 7pm to Sun Oct 5, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Madison Surf Club
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH BOD Meeting

When: Tue Oct 7, 2014 7pm to Tue Oct 7, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Open House Bethany Observing Station Public Observing

When: Fri Oct 10, 2014 7pm to Fri Oct 10, 2014 11pm  EDT

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

Favicon Ansonia Nature Center Carruthers presents

When: Sat Oct 11, 2014 7pm to Sat Oct 11, 2014 10pm  EDT

Where: Ansonia Nature Center
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Cub Scout Famoree Scheduled: May 17, 2014, 19:00:00 to 22:00:00 Location: Camp Cedarcrest

When: Fri Oct 17, 2014 7am to 10am  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Silver Sands State Park Public Observing

When: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7pm to Fri Oct 24, 2014 10pm  EDT

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

Favicon Young's Pond Park Public Observing

When: Sat Oct 25, 2014 7pm to Sat Oct 25, 2014 10pm  EDT

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

Favicon ASNH General Meeting

When: Tue Oct 28, 2014 7pm to Tue Oct 28, 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.

NASA News

NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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FaviconNASA's Ames Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House 18 Oct 2014, 12:00 am

Save the Date: Oct. 18, 2014 -- the first Ames Open House in 17 years!

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Favicon#Ames75 Open House Comments 18 Oct 2014, 12:00 am

FaviconResearch Opportunity Announced for Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory 6 Oct 2014, 12:00 am

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) has announced a call for proposals to utilize the D-Wave Two quantum computer at NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility.

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FaviconKepler Mission Manager Update: K2 collecting data 8 Aug 2014, 12:00 am

K2, the two-wheel operation mode of Kepler, officially began collecting data on May 30 and performance has been spectacular.

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FaviconNASA Ames Team Conducts Field Campaign Events in Idaho 6 Aug 2014, 12:00 am

The The Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) team's first field campaign from July 29 to August 8, 2014 will include a media opportunity.

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Astronomy News

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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APOD for Today

APOD

Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconGalaxies in Pegasus 

Galaxies in Pegasus Galaxies in Pegasus


FaviconSunspot Group AR 2192 Crackles 

One of the largest sunspot groups in recent years is now crossing the Sun. One of the largest sunspot groups in recent years is now crossing the Sun.


FaviconMimas: Small Moon with a Big Crater 

Whatever hit Mimas nearly destroyed it.  Whatever hit Mimas nearly destroyed it.


FaviconComet Siding Spring Passes Mars 

Yesterday, a comet passed very close to Mars. Yesterday, a comet passed very close to Mars.


FaviconComet McNaught Over New Zealand 

Comet McNaught was perhaps the most photogenic comet of modern times -- from Earth.  Comet McNaught was perhaps the most photogenic comet of modern times -- from Earth.


NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconJames Webb Space Telescope's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test 22 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Webb telescope's images will reveal the first galaxies forming 13.5 billion years ago. The telescope will also pierce through interstellar dust clouds to capture stars and planets forming in our own galaxy. At the telescope's final destination in space, one million miles away from Earth, it will operate at incredibly cold temperatures of -387 degrees Fahrenheit, or 40 degrees Kelvin. This is 260 degrees Fahrenheit colder than any place on the Earth’s surface has ever been. To create temperatures that cold on Earth, the team uses the massive thermal vacuum chamber at Goddard called the Space Environment Simulator, or SES, that duplicates the vacuum and extreme temperatures of space. This 40-foot-tall, 27-foot-diameter cylindrical chamber eliminates the tiniest trace of air with vacuum pumps and uses liquid nitrogen and even colder liquid helium to drop the temperature simulating the space environment. The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. > More: NASA Webb's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

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FaviconHubble Sees Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in Large Magellanic Cloud 21 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small nearby galaxy that orbits our galaxy, the Milky Way, and appears as a blurred blob in our skies. The NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope has peeked many times into this galaxy, releasing stunning images of the whirling clouds of gas and sparkling stars (opo9944a, heic1301, potw1408a). This image shows part of the Tarantula Nebula's outskirts. This famously beautiful nebula, located within the LMC, is a frequent target for Hubble (heic1206, heic1402).  In most images of the LMC the color is completely different to that seen here. This is because, in this new image, a different set of filters was used. The customary R filter, which selects the red light, was replaced by a filter letting through the near-infrared light. In traditional images, the hydrogen gas appears pink because it shines most brightly in the red. Here however, other less prominent emission lines dominate in the blue and green filters. This data is part of the Archival Pure Parallel Project (APPP), a project that gathered together and processed over 1,000 images taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, obtained in parallel with other Hubble instruments. Much of the data in the project could be used to study a wide range of astronomical topics, including gravitational lensing and cosmic shear, exploring distant star-forming galaxies, supplementing observations in other wavelength ranges with optical data, and examining star populations from stellar heavyweights all the way down to solar-mass stars. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA: acknowledgement: Josh Barrington Text: European Space Agency

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FaviconExtreme Ultraviolet Image of a Significant Solar Flare 20 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Oct. 19, 2014, peaking at 1:01 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured this image of the event in extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 131 Angstroms – a wavelength that can see the intense heat of a flare and that is typically colorized in teal. This flare is classified as an X1.1-class flare. X-class denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. An X2 flare is twice as intense as an X1, and an X3 is three times as intense. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. > More: NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Solar Flare Image Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

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FaviconHurricane Gonzalo Viewed From the International Space Station 17 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

This image of Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on Oct. 16, 2014. In addition to the crew Earth observations from the space station, NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing continuous coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo as it moves toward Bermuda. > NASA Hurricane: Gonzalo (Atlantic Ocean) Image Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA

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FaviconOperation IceBridge Turns Five 16 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

In May 2014, two new studies concluded that a section of the land-based West Antarctic ice sheet had reached a point of inevitable collapse. Meanwhile, fresh observations from September 2014 showed sea ice around Antarctica had reached its greatest extent since the late 1970s. To better understand such dynamic and dramatic differences in the region's land and sea ice, researchers are travelling south to Antarctica this month for the sixth campaign of NASA’s Operation IceBridge. The airborne campaign, which also flies each year over Greenland, makes annual surveys of the ice with instrumented research aircraft. Instruments range from lasers that map the elevation of the ice surface, radars that "see" below it, and downward looking cameras to provide a natural-color perspective. The Digital Mapping System (DMS) camera acquired the above photo during the mission’s first science flight on October 16, 2009. At the time of the image, the DC-8 aircraft was flying at an altitude of 515 meters (1,700 feet) over heavily compacted first-year sea ice along the edge of the Amundsen Sea. Since that first flight, much has been gleaned from IceBridge data. For example, images from an IceBridge flight in October 2011 revealed a massive crack running about 29 kilometers (18 miles) across the floating tongue of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. The crack ultimately led to a 725-square-kilometer (280-square-mile) iceberg. In 2012, IceBridge data was a key part of a new map of Antarctica called Bedmap2. By combining surface elevation, ice thickness, and bedrock topography, Bedmap2 gives a clearer picture of Antarctica from the ice surface down to the land surface. Discoveries have been made in Greenland, too, including the identification of a 740-kilometer-long (460-mile-long) mega canyon below the ice sheet. Repeated measurements of land and sea ice from aircraft extend the record of observations once made by NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite, or ICESat, which stopped functioning in 2009. In addition to extending the ICESat record, IceBridge also sets the stage for ICESat-2, which is scheduled for launch in 2017. > NASA's Earth Observatory: Operation IceBridge Turns Five Image Credit: IceBridge DMS L0 Raw Imagery courtesy of the Digital Mapping System (DMS) team/NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center Caption: Kathryn Hansen

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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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