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Weekly Space Hangout - Feb 5. 2015
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Here’s an amazing photograph of the Milky Way by astrophotographer Matt Dieterich. He took the image a step further, however, and identified all the constellations you can see close to the Milky Way.

Right down near the horizon is Sagittarius – it looks like a teapot, with the Milky Way rising like steam from its spout. Many of the brightest, most spectacular nebulae in the night sky are located around this constellation: the Lagoon Nebula, Trifid Nebula, and the Omega Nebula. The 4 million solar mass supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way is located in this region too.

Further up the Milky Way you can see the three constellations that form the Summer Triangle: Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila.

And right on the left side of the photograph is Cassiopeia, with its familiar “W” shape.

In the lower-right of the image are a few constellations from the zodiac: Scorpio, Libra and Virgo. And if you look closely you can see Saturn making its way across the sky, in the plane of the ecliptic.

If you’re interested in learning about the night sky, I highly recommend you take your time and learn your constellations. These are your wayposts, navigational aides that help you find your way across the Universe, to the wonders right there in the sky above you.

Matt used a Nikon D750 camera with a 24mm f/1.4 lens. The whole image is made up of 20 separate exposures of 15 seconds each, stitched together to make this amazing mosaic. He captured this image from Glacier National Park in Northern Montana.

http://www.universetoday.com/127081/milky-way-with-nearby-constellations-by-matt-dieterich/
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As you probably know, stars can come in different colors, from the cooler, redder stars, to the hottest blue and white stars.

It's hard to see the difference in color, but you can really see it in a star trail image like this one, taken by Mary Spicer.

Mary used her Canon 1100D with an 18-55 mm lens and wide angle attachment. She took 30 second exposures for 3 hours, collecting all the data to be able to create this star trail images.

To build the final image, she used StarStaX and the cleaned everything up in Adobe Lightroom.

Here's a link to the original image:
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week we have Elizabeth S. Sexton-Kennedy. She works at FermiLab as Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Offline Coordinator. CMS (at CERN/LHC) is a particle detector that is designed to see a wide range of particles and phenomena produced in high-energy proton collisions in the LHC.
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week we have return guest Miguel Drake-McLaughlin. He's the Director of the new documentary, Sky Line, The Space Elevator Documentary.
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week's guest: Mark Jackson is president of Fiat Physica, a crowdfunding platform exclusively for space and astronomy outreach and research.
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Weekly Space Hangout - January 29, 2016

Hi everyone, we're trying a new experiment this week. We're going to be setting up our Weekly Space Hangout through YouTube Live. I have no idea whether or not this is going to work properly, and what the implications are.

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This week we have Stuart Robbins, Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI); Mars Impact Craters, Science Lead on Moon Mappers and Mercury Mappers.
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This week we have Dr. Steve B. Howell, Project Scientist on Kepler, to discuss the great new results coming form the K2 mission - the repurposed Kepler mission.
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This week's guest: Carolyn Collins Petersen - TheSpacewriter; CEO of Loch Ness Productions; author.
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Cancelled due to minor medical emergency - everyone is fine, just tied up now! See you next week!

Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week's guests: Get a jump on your Holiday gift giving season with ideas from Emily Rice and Summer Ash, editors of the STARtorialist Fashion Blog.
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Publisher of Universe Today
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I'm the publisher of Universe Today and the co-host of Astronomy Cast.

Most recently, I've become the Product Manager for HeroX, a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding platform for incentive challenges, an offshoot of the XPrize Foundation.

We're doing all kinds of really cool stuff here on Google+, like live streaming telescopes into Google+ Hangouts with our Virtual Star Parties, interviewing astronomers and space scientists. If you want to see our upcoming events, visit the Cosmoquest Hangouts page.

If you want to improve your Google+ experience, I highly recommend you import my Super Science Circle.

I've also got a lot of experience running Hangouts on Air here on G+. If you want to do the same, here's my handy guide of Tips and Tricks for Hangouts on Air.
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I have an asteroid named after me: 158092 (Frasercain)
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  • HeroX
    Product Manager, 2014 - 2015
    I'm the Product Manager for the HeroX.com platform, a spinoff from the XPrize Foundation
  • Universe Today
    Publisher, 1999 - present
    Universe Today (http://www.universetoday.com) is one of the most popular space and astronomy news websites, with more than 3 million visitors a month. The site covers breaking news in spaceflight, astronomical science and gives you tips and tricks for amateur skywatchers.
  • Astronomy Cast
    Co-Host, 2007 - 2013
    Astronomy Cast (http://www.astronomycast.com) is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay. Each week we focus on a different topic in space and astronomy, explaining the science in a friendly and accessible way.
  • Astrosphere New Media
    Director, 2007 - 2013
    Astrosphere New Media Association is dedicated to promoting science and skeptical thought through internet-based technologies and distribution. We focus our efforts on the creation of technologies and content that enable better astronomy communications and greater astronomy content access for the public.
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    VP Operations, 1996 - 2000
  • interactivetools.com
    Marketing Director, 2001 - 2002
  • Absolute Software
    Co-Founder, 1992 - 1995
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