Special Guest Speaker – Cathy McWatters You wanted fun? Don’t miss this! This will be a visual trip with your senses with an anaglyph presentation of the universe. 3D Glasses will be provided. Surprisingly NASA uses anaglyph to measure distances and height of mountains and other geological features on Mars and other planets. There are many astronomical images that give the illusion of being “in space” that have scientific value. Come and be amazed. Cathy McWatters is well known at Starfest and the NYAA, and is also a life member of RASC. She is a professional astronomy educator who loves to … Continue reading
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- Star-Counting in the Galactic Bulge November 24, 2015Astronomers have taken a careful census of the smallest stars in our galaxy’s center. The post Star-Counting in the Galactic Bulge appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Moon Illusion Is All in Your Head November 24, 2015Is perception reality? Not when it comes to the Moon illusion. See the truth with your own eyes at the rising of the next full Moon. The post Moon Illusion Is All in Your Head appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Star-Counting in the Galactic Bulge November 24, 2015
- First Mirror Installed on NASA’s Webb Telescope, Final Assembly Phase Starts November 26, 2015After years of construction, the first of 18 primary flight mirrors has been installed onto NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, signifying the start of the final assembly phase for the mammoth observatory that will eventually become the most powerful telescope ever sent to space. […]Ken Kremer
- Pre-Order “Treasures of the Universe” Astrophotography Book Through Kickstarter November 25, 2015We’ve featured the photography of André van der Hoeven here many times, and all of his photos are wonderful. Well, now you can get them all in one big book, titled Treasures of the Universe. This 150+ page book contains photos of most of the major objects in the Solar System as well as deep […]Fraser Cain
- Spotting Asterix: France Marks 50 Years of Space Exploration November 25, 2015Author’s note: In the wake of the November 13th terrorist attacks, the French Space Agency CNES canceled the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Asterix. This post commemorates the launch of France’s first satellite 50 years ago this week, and pays a small tribute to the noblest of human endeavors, namely the […]David Dickinson
- They’re Back! Win a Copy of the 2016 Year in Space Wall Calendar November 25, 2015It’s the most wonderful time of the year: when the new Year In Space Wall Calendars become available! These wonderful calendars are back for 2016: they are big and are the perfect gift for all the space enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. This gigantic wall calendar is full of amazing color images, daily space […]Nancy Atkinson
- Do Comets Explain Mystery Star’s Bizarre Behavior? November 25, 2015The story of KIC 8462852 appears far from over. You’ll recall NASA’s Kepler mission had monitored the star for four years, observing two unusual incidents, in 2011 and 2013, when its light dimmed in dramatic, never-before-seen ways. Models to explain its erratic behavior were so lacking that some considered the possibility that alien megastructures built to capture […]Bob King
- First Mirror Installed on NASA’s Webb Telescope, Final Assembly Phase Starts November 26, 2015