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  • Mona Lisa on the Moon

    Here we have the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the Moon.Scientists with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from Earth.The iconic image traveled nearly 240,000 miles in digital form from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) Station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument on the spacecraft. By transmitting the image piggyback on laser pulses that […]

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  • Star cluster 47 Tucanae

    A close look at the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae This video sequence pans across a wide view of the region of sky surrounding the Small Magellanic Cloud, finally zooming in on the patch of sky containing the bright and beautiful globular cluster 47 Tucanae. In the final sequence we see a detailed infrared view of the cluster, taken by the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Enjoy and share………

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  • Merging Black Holes

    Merging Black Holes

    Simulations Uncover ‘Flashy’ Secrets of Merging Black Holes. Here we have a group of scientists at play! Using computer simulations is a way for them to prepare for the future….. According to Einstein, whenever massive objects interact, they produce gravitational waves, distortions in the very fabric of space and time,that ripple outward across the universe at the speed of light. While astronomers have found indirect evidence of these disturbances, the waves have so far eluded direct detection. Ground-based observatories designed […]

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  • Next Earth Observation Satellite

    NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. Here is a video for the Pacific Northwest residents in particular, but for all of us to see the changes roth by expansion. 25 Years in the […]

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  • Summer Extremes

    Summer Extremes

    Summer Extremes Getting More Extreme We all know that summer temperatures are rising but other than being uncomfortable we tend to ignore the trend. Here is a video graph showing the extremes of temperatures. It makes a lot of sense when you can actually see the changes rather than just feel them. People who live north of the equator are experiencing both higher summer temperatures and a greater frequency of extreme bouts of heat, according to a NASA statistical analysis […]

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  • How Light Carries Information

    How Light Carries Information

    This is an educational video that can be used by many schools that teach/discuss Astronomy. It is a simple and easy to understand concept. This video shows a simple kinesthetic activity that demonstrates how all the information we obtain about objects in the universe is carried to us by light, and it takes time for light to travel to us from those objects. The amount of time it takes depends on how far away they are. Universe is an out-of-school-time […]

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  • Climate Warming Trend

    Climate Warming Trend

    NASA Finds 2012 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend Global warming has been a topic of discussions for most of my life. Growing up I would hear the older people talking about Summers getting warmer and Winters being longer and I did not understand what it meant. Than I started school and slowly it became clear and I started to understand the meaning of Global Warming. I have striven my whole life to make a difference by using all the recycling […]

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  • Lupus 3

    Lupus 3

    Zooming in on the Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars A very short video that depicts a beautiful sequence starting with a view of the central parts of the Milky Way. It closes in on a region in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). The final view, taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with a cluster of brilliant stars that […]

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  • The Moon’s Evolution

    The Moon’s Evolution

    Evolution of the Moon Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon’s history.From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn’t always look like this.This is a picture sequence with sound effects showing the changes that have occurred over a very long period of time.Watch this video to learn more! Enjoy and share………..   Casio Men’s WS210H-1AVCF […]

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  • Tracking Earth’s Heat Balance

    Tracking Earth’s Heat Balance

    Aqua CERES: Tracking Earth’s Heat Balance Here is the last video in this series of 5. NASA has been monitoring the Earth’s vital signs for the past thirty years,using different methods, not always accurate but adequate.Now with CERES it is easier and much more accurate.Is the heat budget of the planet changing? Thermometers on the ground can give us a snapshot of a summer heatwave or winter cold spell, but it takes something like NASA’s CERES instruments to give a […]

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