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Bruce Betts
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This week in my Intro Astronomy class featured lots of new stuff compared to last year's class thanks to New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system last year.
https://youtu.be/00fCYKr2fGA
Learn more about the class at http://planetary.org/bettsclass
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New RSF video about the SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, with a bit of a reference to The Twilight Zone
https://youtu.be/1B2MFNHFrmk
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New science papers have just come out about Pluto (top), Charon (bottom), and the rest of the Pluto system. You can find the summary release from NASA here:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/science-papers-reveal-new-aspects-of-pluto-and-its-moons
A year ago, Pluto was just a bright speck in the cameras of NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft, not much different than its appearances in telescopes since Clyde Tombaugh discovered the then-ninth planet in 1930.
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My last week's online Intro Astronomy class: Venus and Mars (Part 1):
https://youtu.be/P91GhM8tPSQ
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New release from New Horizons: methane frost capping Pluto mountains in the Cthulu region of Pluto. Insets show enhanced color zoom in, and methane ice distribution in purple. More info:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/methane-snow-on-pluto-s-peaks
The New Horizons team has discovered a chain of exotic snowcapped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.
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My Intro Astronomy class 11: comets, light pressure, solar sails, solar system origin, orbits, heliosphere, Oort cloud, not necessarily in that order.
More about the class in general: http://planetary.org/bettsclass
https://youtu.be/oqLgebUHu8k
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Catch up on past episodes of my online Intro Planetary Science and Astronomy class at: http://planetary.org/bettsclass
There will be another live class tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1500 PDT (2200 UT).
Planetary Society Director of Science and Technology Dr. Bruce Betts is teaching an online introductory college Astronomy class during Spring semester 2016. Find out how to watch and learn more about your place in space. The course is through California State University Dominguez Hills.
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Look East this evening to see the Moon near bright star-like Jupiter (simulated graphic created in Stellarium).
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Hey Mr.... uh.. Doc? Professor Betts?
 I was taking random pictures... Then read about this "fact"... LOL.. Cheers! Jupiter/Moon... Now I know what was the "strange dot"...  BHUHA HA. HA... HA! Many thanks! Ciao from Italy (0113UTC or around that time)
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My last week's Intro Astronomy class is below (Mars Part 2) including landers and rovers. Today's class will be about Asteroids including the Asteroid Threat to Earth. Watch live if you wish at 1500 PDT (2200 UT). More info including how to watch live is at: http://planetary.org/bettsclass
https://youtu.be/VKkmqO-Iuek
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There is a total solar eclipse visible from parts of Indonesia and the western Pacific in a few hours. Partial solar eclipse is visible from E. Asia, much of Australia, Hawaii, and the western Pacific. Learn about eclipses in this video from my Intro Astronomy class (the eclipses part lasts about 12 minutes). You can also tune into live coverage of the eclipse from NASA starting at 17:00 Pacific/01:00 UT at http://nasa.gov/ntv
If you are directly viewing the eclipse, remember to use proper Sun viewing techniques so you don't hurt your eyes!
https://youtu.be/bWMYEkJ0pmI?t=48m4s
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Scott Kelly & Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth a couple days ago after 340 days in space on the International Space Station. That was the 4th longest human spaceflight. The longest was Valeri Polyakov who spent 438 days on Mir in 1994/95. ‪#‎YearInSpace‬
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  • The Planetary Society
    Director of Projects, 2001 - present
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Not Just Another Pretty Space: Random Space Facts and Easy Night Sky Info
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A Planetary Scientist and Director of Projects for the Planetary Society giving you fun space info in a short attention span format.
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  • Stanford University
    physics and mathematics, 1983 - 1987
  • California Institute of Technology
    Planetary Science, 1987 - 1993
  • Jesuit High School
    1979 - 1983
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