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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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FaviconAerial Images Show Decades of Foothill Forest Growth Erased Due to California’s Extreme Drought 23 May 2016, 7:02 pm

NASA data reveals that three decades of forest growth was erased by the severe California drought over a wide area of the lower-elevation Sierra Nevada mountain region during the past couple years.

FaviconNASA Satellite Data Show Rapid Recovery for Some California Forests Despite Drought 19 May 2016, 4:00 pm

NASA researchers have found that years of California's drought conditions have not slowed the regrowth of tree and shrub cover in areas burned by wildfires.

FaviconSPHERES: How a Class Project Turned into an Experiment Facility in Space 18 May 2016, 2:51 pm

Seventeen years ago in a classroom not that far away, the SPHERES facility was born. As it prepares for the 2018 hand-off to the next generation robotic free-flyer, Astrobee, team members look ahead to the future, while celebrating the successes of nearly 600 test hours over 117 test sessions by 38 on-orbit crew members.

FaviconNASA Small Satellite Duo Deploys from Space Station into Earth Orbit 17 May 2016, 3:20 pm

After a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s two Nodes satellites were deployed on May 16 from the NanoRacks platform and into low-Earth orbit to begin their much anticipated technology demonstration.

FaviconKepler-223 System: Clues to Planetary Migration 17 May 2016, 11:26 am

A new study finds a solar system whose planets may resemble the ancient configuration of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Astronomy News

Space.com News Feed

Favicon Best Telescopes for the Money

Here are the best telescopes for the money. Our top picks include recommendations for city dwellers, hobbyists and gift-givers, as well as budget picks. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in each of four categories.

Favicon Best Telescope for Beginners

Here are the best beginner telescopes for the money; a computerized ‘GoTo’ scope driven by your smartphone or tablet, as well as a manually operated scope that comes fully assembled.

Favicon Cassini-Huygens: Exploring Saturn's System

The mission is still sending back data and fueling new discoveries — for a few more months, until it plunges into the ringed planet.

Favicon European Space Agency: Facts & Information

The European Space Agency coordinates space activities among 20 member states.

Favicon Blastoff! Europe's Galileo Navigation System Gets 2 More Satellites | Video

Galileo 13 and 14 were launched in the early morning hours from French Guiana on May 24, 2016. The satellite constellation will consist of 24 satellites when they are all launched.

APOD for Today


Astronomy Picture of the Day

FaviconMilky Way Over the Spanish Peaks 

That's not lightning, and it did not strike between those mountains. That's not lightning, and it did not strike between those mountains.

FaviconInside a Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector 

Why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe? Why is there more matter than antimatter in the Universe?

FaviconLL Orionis: When Cosmic Winds Collide 

What created this great arc in space? What created this great arc in space?

FaviconMilky Way and Planets Near Opposition 

In this early May night skyscape, In this early May night skyscape,

Favicon3D Mercury Transit 

On May 9, innermost planet On May 9, innermost planet

NASA Image Of The Day

NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

FaviconFjord and Glacier in East-Central Greenland 24 May 2016, 10:33 am

On May 19, 2016, NASA's IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, crossed Greenland to fly central glacier flowlines in the east-central region of the country. This photo captures the fjord of Violin Glacier, with Nord Glacier at the upper left corner. This is IceBridge's eighth spring campaign of science flights over Arctic sea and land.

FaviconUp and Over 23 May 2016, 10:22 am

Cassini orbited in Saturn's ring plane -- around the planet's equator -- for most of 2015.

FaviconCubeSats Deployed From the International Space Station 20 May 2016, 11:21 am

CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space.

FaviconMay 19, 2000, Early Morning Liftoff of Atlantis on STS-101 Mission 19 May 2016, 10:06 am

Flames from the solid rocket boosters lit up the clouds of smoke and steam trailing behind shuttle Atlantis on May 19, 2000, as it lifted off on mission STS-101. It was the shuttle program's third space station assembly flight, and first space flight for astronaut Jeff Williams, currently aboard the station as a member of the Expedition 47 crew.

FaviconWater Etchings in Western Mexico Sands 18 May 2016, 11:02 am

Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA posted this May 15, 2016 photograph to social media, writing, "Water etchings in western @Mexico sands. @Space_Station #Explore"

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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