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NASA Breaking News:

  • NASA Briefing Thursday Will Preview Upcoming US Spacewalks
    on January 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    American and Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station will embark on a pair of spacewalks Jan. 23 and 29 to service the station’s robotic arm. Experts from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will preview this work in a briefing at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. […]

  • Massachusetts Students to Speak with Astronauts on Space Station
    on January 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Students at Framingham State University (FSU) in Massachusetts will speak with astronauts living, working, and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 12:15 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. […]

  • NASA, NOAA to Announce 2017 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions
    on January 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the annual release of data on global temperatures and discuss the most important climate trends of 2017 during a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18. […]

  • Idaho Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on International Space Station
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Students from 10 schools in Idaho will speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 11:25 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 17. […]

  • NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2017 Annual Report
    on January 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2017 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials. […]

Sky & Telescope Observing  News:

  • Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful”
    by Bob King on January 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Mira, one of the easiest-to-observe pulsating variable stars, reaches peak brightness this month. Don't be shy, come look her in the eye.  The post Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful” appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Mars Flies By Jupiter in a Close Dawn Conjunction
    by Bob King on January 3, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    The new year opens with the magnificent pairing of the solar system's largest planet with one of its smallest. The post Mars Flies By Jupiter in a Close Dawn Conjunction appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Poor Year for the Quadrantid Meteor Shower
    by The Editors of Sky & Telescope on January 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    The Quadrantid meteor shower is usually one of the year's best. But this year's event will be spoiled by strong light from an intruding Moon. The post Poor Year for the Quadrantid Meteor Shower appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

Sky & Telescope News :

  • Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful”
    by Bob King on January 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Mira, one of the easiest-to-observe pulsating variable stars, reaches peak brightness this month. Don't be shy, come look her in the eye.  The post Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful” appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Galaxies Show Order in Chaotic Young Universe
    by Monica Young on January 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    New observations of galaxies in a universe just 800 million years old show that they’ve already settled into rotating disks. They must have evolved quickly to display such surprising maturity. Our cosmos was a messy youngster. Hotter and denser than the universe we live in now, it was home to turbulent gas flinging about under the influence of gravity. Theorists think the earliest galaxies built up gradually, first clump by […] The post Galaxies Show Order in Chaotic Young Universe appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Some Plants Grow Well in Martian Soil
    by Camille M. Carlisle on January 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Astrobiology students cultivated leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and even hops in simulated Martian dirt. The post Some Plants Grow Well in Martian Soil appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

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Stardate Podcast:

  • Protecting Earth
    by McDonald Observatory on October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

    When a double asteroid swings close to Earth in 2024, it just might get a nasty reception. NASA is studying a mission that would slam a […]

  • Tracking Trouble
    by McDonald Observatory on October 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    A small asteroid will pass about 30,000 miles from Earth late tonight. Astronomers are tracking it to learn more about the asteroid and its […]

  • Catching Showers
    by McDonald Observatory on October 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Several well-known meteor showers punctuate this month’s night skies. Most of them produce only a handful of “shooting […]

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