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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 83: Ultracool Dwarf with Planets

Posted on: 2 May 2016, 11:00 am

Astronomers using telescopes at ESO's observatories in Chile have discovered three planets around a dim dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and the Earth, and they are the best targets so far found in the hunt for life elsewhere in the Universe.


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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FaviconMission Manager Q&A: Recovering The Kepler Spacecraft To Hunt For Exoplanets Again 3 May 2016, 12:01 pm

Kepler's mission manager tells us what happened to the spacecraft and the steps the team took to return it to the job of hunting for planets for the K2 mission.

FaviconNASA Ames Astrogram - Spring 2016 3 May 2016, 11:32 am

Spring 2016 issue of Ames' newsletter, the Astrogram.

FaviconStudent-Built Robot Challenge Comes to NASA Ames 29 Apr 2016, 5:35 pm

​More than 100 students battled each other on April 16, 2016 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley in the annual Northern California Regional Botball Tournament, a middle and high school competition, which relies entirely on brains and not brawn.

FaviconSOFIA Now Accepting Observing Proposals 29 Apr 2016, 4:47 pm

The Science Center for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is now accepting proposals for observing flights from February 2017 to January 2018.

FaviconNASA Research Gives New Insights into How the Moon Got 'Inked' 29 Apr 2016, 1:00 pm

A powerful combination of observations and computer simulations is giving new clues to how the moon got its mysterious "tattoos" -- swirling patterns of light and dark found at over a hundred locations across the lunar surface.

Astronomy News

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Favicon Hunting for Spring Galaxies with Mobile Astronomy Apps

During May, the obscuring dense stars, gas and dust of the Milky Way vacate the night sky, leaving a yearly opening for skywatchers to peer at distant galaxies.

Favicon Spotty Star Reveals Magnetic Weirdness

A strange pattern of starspots has been mapped on a nearby massive star, revealing just how different other stars are to our own sun.

Favicon Mercury's Global Topography Model Revealed In New Animation

The first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury is displayed - regions with higher elevations are colored brown, yellow, and red. Lower elevations are colored blue and purple.

Favicon Image of the Day

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 4394 sparkles in this stunning view from the Hubble Space Telescope released on May 2, 2016.

Favicon SpaceX Lands Again! First Stage On Droneship Despite Extreme Velocities | Video

The private spaceflight company landed the Falcon 9 first stage again on their 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship on May 6th, 2016. They didn't have high hopes for its landing due to the velocities and high heating the rocket experienced.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconNGC 7023: The Iris Nebula 

These cosmic clouds have blossomed 1,300 light-years away, These cosmic clouds have blossomed 1,300 light-years away,

FaviconThe SONG and the Hunter 

Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy, Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy,

FaviconA Mercury Transit Sequence 

This coming Monday, This coming Monday,

FaviconAurora over Sweden 

It was bright and green and stretched across the sky. It was bright and green and stretched across the sky.

FaviconCrossing Mars 

Where is NASA's rover Curiosity going on Mars? Where is NASA's rover Curiosity going on Mars?

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconHubble Spies the Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 4394 6 May 2016, 8:00 am

Shown in this Hubble Space Telescope image, NGC 4394 is the archetypal barred spiral galaxy, with bright spiral arms emerging from the ends of a bar that cuts through the galaxy’s central bulge. These arms are peppered with young blue stars, dark filaments of cosmic dust, and bright, fuzzy regions of active star formation.

FaviconMay 5, 1961, Alan Shepard in Spacesuit Before Mercury Launch 5 May 2016, 10:31 am

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., in his silver pressure suit with the helmet visor closed, prepares for his Mercury Redstone 3 launch on May 5, 1961. Shepard's Freedom 7 Mercury capsule lifted off at 9:34 a.m. and flew a suborbital trajectory lasting 15 minutes and 22 seconds. He became the first American to fly into space.

FaviconMany Fantastic Colors 4 May 2016, 11:35 am

The Nili Fossae region, located on the northwest rim of Isidis impact basin, is one of the most colorful regions of Mars. This region is ancient and has had a complicated geologic history, leading to interesting structures like layered bedrock, as well as other compositions.

FaviconSpace Station Flyover of Morocco 3 May 2016, 11:44 am

Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams of NASA captured this detailed photograph from the International Space Station during a daytime flyover of Morocco on May 2, 2016. Williams shared the image to social media and asked, "Reptile scales, or incredible and rugged geology in Morocco?"

FaviconThe Dew Drop of Saturn 2 May 2016, 10:25 am

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf. Even though it appears like a tiny drop before the might of the giant Saturn, Enceladus reminds us that even small worlds hold mysteries and wonders to be explored.

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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