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02/20/2017 - NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System by: Simon Tang

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Details of these findings are embargoed by the journal Nature until 1 p.m.

Limited seating is available in the NASA TV studio for media who would like to attend in person at the agency’s Headquarters at 300 E Street SW in Washington. Media unable to attend in person may ask questions by telephone. To attend in person or participate by phone, media must send an email with their name, affiliation and telephone number to Dwayne Brown at dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by noon Feb. 22.

Media and the public also may ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

The briefing participants are:

·        Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington

·        Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium

·        Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California

·        Nikole Lewis, astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore

·        Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about exoplanets will be held following the briefing at 3 p.m. with scientists available to answer questions in English and Spanish.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and updated scheduling information, visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

 

For more information on exoplanets, visit:

 

http://exoplanets.nasa.gov

SOURCE: NASA.GOV https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-news-conference-on-discovery-beyond-our-solar-system



02/08/2017 - Full Moon, Eclipse and Comet by: Simon Tang

A trio of celestial events will be visible in the night sky on Friday night.

A commercial jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in west London on November 13, 2016. (Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) ... <a href=more

02/07/2017 - Schlieren Test by: Simon Tang

Ever looked through your telescope on one night and then again on another night and wondered why the performance differs so much?

Several factors can impact your viewing pleasure from seeing conditions, transparency, and other random ... more


01/24/2017 - Space just got bigger by: Simon Tang

 

This universe map contains more than 100,000 galaxies and spans more than a time period of 500 million light-years.

 


12/23/2016 - Choosing the Right Telescope by: Simon Tang

Over the past week, I have been working closely with Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope, in Woodland Hills :P, to produce some humorous videos on telescopes and astronomy.

Remember, before running out and buying a telescope, ... more