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September 26 - 28, 2014

CBS News Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night

ASNH Events for September

ASNH Events

Meetings and Outreach Events

Favicon ASNH BOD Meeting

When: Tue Sep 2, 2014 7pm to Tue Sep 2, 2014 9pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Bauer Park Outreach Event

When: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8pm to 10pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Open House Bethany Observing Station Public Observing

When: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7pm to Fri Sep 19, 2014 11pm  EDT

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

Favicon CSP

When: Fri Sep 26, 2014 4pm to Sun Sep 28, 2014 12pm  EDT

Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH General Meeting (Will resume in October)

When: Tue Sep 30, 2014 7pm to Tue Sep 30, 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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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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FaviconGallery & Media 31 Jul 2014, 12:00 am

Astronomy News

SPACE.com

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

FaviconAirglow Ripples over Tibet 

Why would the sky look like a giant target? Why would the sky look like a giant target?


FaviconThe Starry Sky under Hollow Hill 

Look up in New Zealand's Hollow Hill Cave and you might think Look up in New Zealand's Hollow Hill Cave and you might think


FaviconThe Wizard Nebula 

Open star cluster NGC 7380 is still embedded in Open star cluster NGC 7380 is still embedded in


FaviconMessier 20 and 21 

Messier 20 and 21 Messier 20 and 21


NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconHubble Looks at Light and Dark in the Universe 29 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective. However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18. These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173. European Space Agency Credit: ESA/NASA

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FaviconArtist Concept: Space Launch System Takes Flight 28 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission -- Exploration Mission 1 -- will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon and bring it back to Earth to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft’s re-entry and landing prior to a crewed flight. Image credit: NASA/MSFC › Read press release

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FaviconTesting Composite Cryotank Technology For Future Deep Space Missions 27 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with cryogenic hydrogen and structural loads to simulate stresses the tank would experience during launch. The project is part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy propulsion solutions critical to future, long-term human exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. In the past, propellant tanks have been fabricated out of metals. Switching from metallic to composite construction holds the potential to dramatically increase the performance capabilities of future space systems through a dramatic reduction in weight. > NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank Image Credit: NASA/David Olive

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FaviconSolar Dynamics Observatory Captures Images of a Late Summer Flare 26 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm

On Aug. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. 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. This flare is classified as an M5 flare. M-class flares are ten times less powerful than the most intense flares, called X-class flares. Image Credit: NASA/SDO

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Favicon25 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Captures Images of Neptune 25 Aug 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on the Voyager 2 narrow angle camera. The images were taken on Aug. 20, 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach on Aug. 25. The picture shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge; on the west limb the fast moving bright feature called "Scooter" and the little dark spot are visible. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as Voyager's cameras could resolve them. North of these, a bright cloud band similar to the south polar streak may be seen. In the summer of 2015, another NASA mission to the farthest zone of the solar system, New Horizons, will make a historic first close-up study of Pluto. Although a fast flyby, New Horizons' Pluto encounter on July 14, 2015, will not be a replay of Voyager but more of a sequel and a reboot, with a new and more technologically advanced spacecraft and, more importantly, a new cast of characters. Those characters are Pluto and its family of five known moons, all of which will be seen up close for the first time next summer. 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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