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ASNH Events for November

ASNH Events

Meetings and Outreach Events

Favicon Orange Synagogue private outreach event Canceled

When: Sat Nov 1, 2014 6pm to Sat Nov 1, 2014 8pm  EDT

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH BOD Meeting

When: Tue Nov 4, 2014 7pm to 9pm  EST

Where: Bethany Observing Station
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Open House Bethany Observing Station Public Observing

When: Fri Nov 7, 2014 7pm to 11pm  EST

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

Favicon Silver Sands State Park Public Observing

When: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7pm to 10pm  EST

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

Favicon Young's Pond Park Public Observing

When: Sat Nov 15, 2014 7pm to 10pm  EST

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

Favicon Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Outreach Event

When: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:30pm to Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:30pm  EST

Where: Oak St Glastonbury Center CT 06033
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon Massaro Outreach Event

When: Sat Nov 22, 2014 7pm to 10pm  EST

Where: Massaro Farm
Event Status: confirmed

Favicon ASNH General Meeting

When: Tue Nov 25, 2014 7pm to 9pm  EST

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

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FaviconNASA's Planet-hunting Kepler and K2 Missions Take Your Questions on Reddit 27 Oct 2014, 12:00 am

Scientists and engineers from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler and K2 missions will answer questions about the missions on Reddit.com on Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. PDT.

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

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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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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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

FaviconThe Day After Mars 

October 31, 1938 was the day after Martians encountered planet Earth, October 31, 1938 was the day after Martians encountered planet Earth,


FaviconMilky Way over Devils Tower 

A mysterious formation known as A mysterious formation known as


FaviconA Spectre in the Eastern Veil 

A Spectre in the Eastern Veil A Spectre in the Eastern Veil


FaviconIridescent Cloud Edge Over Colorado 

Sometimes your eclipse viewing goes bad in an interesting way. Sometimes your eclipse viewing goes bad in an interesting way.


FaviconRetrograde Mars 

Why would Mars appear to move backwards?  Why would Mars appear to move backwards?


NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconSpecular Spectacular 31 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas (see PIA17470) and the sun glinting off of them (see PIA12481 and PIA18433) in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea. This particular sunglint was so bright as to saturate the detector of Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument, which captures the view. It is also the sunglint seen with the highest observation elevation so far -- the sun was a full 40 degrees above the horizon as seen from Kraken Mare at this time -- much higher than the 22 degrees seen in PIA18433. Because it was so bright, this glint was visible through the haze at much lower wavelengths than before, down to 1.3 microns. The southern portion of Kraken Mare (the area surrounding the specular feature toward upper left) displays a "bathtub ring" -- a bright margin of evaporate deposits -- which indicates that the sea was larger at some point in the past and has become smaller due to evaporation. The deposits are material left behind after the methane & ethane liquid evaporates, somewhat akin to the saline crust on a salt flat. The highest resolution data from this flyby -- the area seen immediately to the right of the sunglint -- cover the labyrinth of channels that connect Kraken Mare to another large sea, Ligeia Mare. Ligeia Mare itself is partially covered in its northern reaches by a bright, arrow-shaped complex of clouds. The clouds are made of liquid methane droplets, and could be actively refilling the lakes with rainfall. The view was acquired during Cassini's August 21, 2014, flyby of Titan, also referred to as "T104" by the Cassini team. The view contains real color information, although it is not the natural color the human eye would see. Here, red in the image corresponds to 5.0 microns, green to 2.0 microns, and blue to 1.3 microns. These wavelengths correspond to atmospheric windows through which Titan's surface is visible. The unaided human eye would see nothing but haze, as in PIA12528. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The VIMS team is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson. More information about Cassini is available at http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho

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FaviconFifteen Years of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 30 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

This Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours. Hydra A is a galaxy cluster that is 840 million light years from Earth. The cluster gets its name from the strong radio source, Hydra A, that originates in a galaxy near the center of the cluster. Optical observations show a few hundred galaxies in the cluster. Chandra X-ray observations reveal a large cloud of hot gas that extends throughout the cluster. The gas cloud is several million light years across and has a temperature of about 40 million degrees in the outer parts decreasing to about 35 million degrees in the inner region. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space fifteen years ago aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Chandra, one of NASA's current "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

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FaviconThe Warm Glow of Mach 3 29 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

The Flight Loads Laboratory at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is celebrating 50 years. It sprang into existence during the era of the X-15 rocket plane and the YF-12 and SR-71 Blackbirds, and was dedicated to testing the latest in high-speed flight. In this image from 1971, the YF-12 forebody's radiant heating system is being tested at the Flight Loads Laboratory under conditions experienced at Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, over 2,000 miles an hour. Eventually the entire airframe was tested in the lab, always with the goal to collect data, validate parts and reduce risk to the aircraft and the pilots who flew them. Image credit: NASA Read More About the Flight Loads Laboratory Anniversary Read About Modern Aeronautics Testing in the Flight Loads Laboratory

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FaviconSunrise From the International Space Station 29 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise" Wiseman was referring to the loss on Oct. 28 of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, moments after launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. The station crew is in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

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FaviconHere’s Looking at You: Spooky Shadow Gives Jupiter a Giant Eye 28 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

This trick that the planet is looking back at you is actually a Hubble treat: An eerie, close-up view of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. Hubble was monitoring changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm on April 21, 2014, when the shadow of the Jovian moon, Ganymede, swept across the center of the storm. This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000 mile-diameter “eye.” For a moment, Jupiter “stared” back at Hubble like a one-eyed giant Cyclops. Click on the image to view Jupiter from a distance. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) Caption: Ray Villard, Space Science Telescope Institute Acknowledgment: C. Go and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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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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