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NASA Whats Up for April

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 - April 2015

Posted on: 1 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

A total lunar eclipse that takes place on the night of a full moon and,  later this month, the Lyrid meteor shower.

ESO European Southern Observatory ESOcast

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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 73: Your ESO Pictures

Posted on: 19 Mar 2015, 7:00 am

ESOcast 73 looks at the "Your ESO Pictures" Flickr group, where amateurs and professionals alike contribute their photos related to ESO.


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 83: A cosmic double act — Hubble meets James Webb

Posted on: 19 Mar 2015, 11:00 am

As Hubble enters its 25th year in orbit, with celebrations planned around the world for its anniversary on 24 April 2015, this Hubblecast celebrates the relationship that the telescope will have with its future colleague, the James Webb Space Telescope.

CBS New Sunday Morning article Preserving the starry starry night


NASA Ames Research Center - News and Features

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FaviconSixth SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service Launch Viewing Event at Ames 13 Apr 2015, 12:00 am

You are invited to register to attend an Ames SpaceX televised launch viewing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

FaviconHubble Educator Webinars 8 Apr 2015, 12:00 am

During the month of April, the NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing a series of six one-hour webinars to commemorate 25 years of science from the Hubble Space Telescope.

FaviconThe Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water 7 Apr 2015, 12:00 am

Next time you sip a humble glass of H2O, consider this: The story of water connects each of us to processes that shape our universe.

FaviconMission Manager Update: K2 in Campaign 4 2 Apr 2015, 12:00 am

Now in its fourth campaign as the K2 mission, the Kepler spacecraft continues to search for exoplanets.

FaviconWorkshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions 24 Mar 2015, 12:00 am

Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute will co-host a workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions on March 24-26, 2015.

Astronomy News

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Favicon Virgo Rises: Spot Second-Largest Constellation This Week

Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)

Favicon Spring Skywatching: Constellation Leo Comes in Like a Lion

One of the surest signs of spring for stargazers is seeing the constellation Leo high in the evening sky. Here's how to spot Leo, and what to look for within it.

Favicon NASA Probe Sees North Pole of Dwarf Planet Ceres (Video)

Ceres' cratered north pole blazes through the darkness in new images captured by Dawn on April 10. The photos are the highest-resolution views of the world that Dawn has gotten since entering orbit on March 6, NASA officials said.

Favicon Meteorites Help Date the Violent Birth of Earth's Moon

The cataclysmic collision between Earth and a Mars-size object that forged the moon occurred about 4.47 billion years ago, a study of meteorites with ancient fragments from that cosmic impact reveal.

Favicon Stunning Night-Sky Images from the American Desert (Photos)

When the land is untouched, so is the nighttime sky.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconThe Great Crater Hokusai 

One of the largest young craters on Mercury, One of the largest young craters on Mercury,

FaviconM46 Plus Two 

Galactic or Galactic or

FaviconOne-Armed Spiral Galaxy NGC 4725 

While most spiral galaxies, including our While most spiral galaxies, including our

FaviconMystic Mountain Dust Pillars 

It's stars versus dust in the Carina Nebula and the stars are winning. It's stars versus dust in the Carina Nebula and the stars are winning.

FaviconThrough the Shadow of the Moon 

What would it look like to fly through a total eclipse of the Sun? What would it look like to fly through a total eclipse of the Sun?

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconWhite Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet 17 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

In this Chandra image of ngc6388, researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close. When a star reaches its white dwarf stage, nearly all of the material from the star is packed inside a radius one hundredth that of the original star. The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Using several telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star – the dense core of a star like the Sun that has run out of nuclear fuel – may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close. More information. Image Credit: NASA

FaviconMulti-Utility Technology Testbed Aircraft On the Runway 16 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) is greeted on an Edwards Air Force Base runway by a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) team member. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and the AFRL, along with participants from Langley Research Center and Glenn Research Center, and support from Lockheed Martin, are using the second X-56A (dubbed “Buckeye”) to check out aircraft systems, evaluate handling qualities, characterize and expand the airplane’s performance envelope, and verify pre-flight predictions regarding aircraft behavior. The 20-minute flight marked the beginning of a research effort designed to yield significant advances in aeroservoelastic technology using a low-cost, modular, remotely piloted aerial vehicle. Image Credit: NASA/Ken Ulbrich

FaviconHonoring Jackie Robinson 15 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

"Honoring #JackieRobinson today! #42" wrote NASA astronaut Terry Virts, wearing a replica Jackie Robinson jersey on orbit in the cupola of the International Space Station. April 15, which was baseball’s opening day in 1947, has now come to commemorate Jackie Robinson’s memorable career and his place in history as the first black major league baseball player in the modern era. He made history with the Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers) and he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Image Credit: NASA

FaviconSpaceX Launches NASA Cargo and Research To International Space Station 14 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft on the sixth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 4:10 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 14. Research that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars is among the two tons of cargo on its way to the International Space Station aboard Dragon. The mission is the company's sixth cargo delivery flight to the station through NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon's cargo will support approximately 40 of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will be performed during Expeditions 43 and 44, including numerous human research investigations for NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's one-year mission in space. Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

FaviconSolar Arrays on the International Space Station 14 Apr 2015, 12:00 pm

Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed the giant solar arrays on the International Space Station on Feb. 12, 2015. The space station's solar arrays contain a total of 262,400 solar cells and cover an area of about 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters) -- more than half the area of a football field. A solar array's wingspan of 240 feet (73 meters) is longer than a Boeing 777's wingspan, which is 212 feet (65 meters). Altogether, the four sets of arrays can generate 84 to 120 kilowatts of electricity -- enough to provide power to more than 40 homes. The solar arrays produce more power than the station needs at one time for station systems and experiments. When the station is in sunlight, about 60 percent of the electricity that the solar arrays generate is used to charge the station's batteries. At times, some or all of the solar arrays are in the shadow of Earth or the shadow of part of the station. This means that those arrays are not collecting sunlight. The batteries power the station when it is not in the sun. Image Credit: ESA/NASA

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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