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Lara Eakins
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Feeling contemplative in the New Year? Take a moment to ponder your place in the universe, brought to you by this stunning footage of the Milky Way passing over UT's McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Visitors to the observatory (450 miles from Austin) can tour massive telescopes and attend the famous Star Parties under some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. Waaaaay #HiddenUT  
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Great footage! Thanks for posting.
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Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day! Thanks to all of those who have served, do serve, and will serve. My traditional thing to post today - the poignant ending of Blackadder Goes Fourth.
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I was so thrilled to wake up to this news this morning! She is such an amazing young woman!
 
Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace prize. http://bbc.in/1nfrwZ4

She was catapulted to international fame after being shot by the Taliban in Pakistan - because of her campaign for girls' education. Malala wins the prize jointly with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi
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"G-o-o-d morning, Discovery!" Robin Williams awakened the crew of the space shuttle STS-26 "return to flight" mission in 1988 after the loss of shuttle Challenger: http://youtu.be/HzY7fEijiuA  #RIPRobinWilliams +collectSPACE 
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They actually found them:
One of the most infamous urban legends in video games has turned out to be true.
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Astronaut Terry Virts captured this photo from the International Space Station flying over Boston, where Leonard Nimoy was born.

#RIPLeonardNimoy
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So cute!
 
'Twas the week before Christmas
and high over the comet
Rosetta was happy – she knew Philae was on it.
The lander was sleeping, a crater his bed,
While visions of perihelion danced in his head.
He'd done his job well, he fulfilled every goal.
(It's not easy to land on a place darker than coal!)
And although he's gone quiet, his work nicely done,
Philae may wake again as his world nears the Sun.
So this holiday gaze up at the stars overhead,
And give thanks to the robots who explore in our stead!

Happy Holidays from Rosetta and Philae (with an adorable card from the +European Space Agency, ESA and a little poem by yours truly!)
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So cool! I can never get enough of spacecraft taking pictures of planets other than the ones they are orbiting or on.
Watch as our enormous moon -- a quarter the diameter of the planet -- just winks out as it passes into Earth's long shadow, in an animation captured from more than 100 million kilometers away.
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They've arrived!!
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For anyone who is interested, I've uploaded my photos from the Game of Throne exhibition that was here in Austin during SXSW (and fair warning, some of the photos are spoilers!).
Pictures from the Gamer of Thrones exhibition that was in Austin during SXSW 2014. (Warning - there are a few spoilers in some of the photos!) All the photos were taken with my iPhone 5, since that was the only type of camera they allowed. I did some photo editing on these, mostly noise reduction and some cropping.
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Astronomy outreach and instructional technology
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  • University of Texas Department of Astronomy
    Astronomy Outreach and instructional technology, present
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Austin, Texas
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Houston, Texas - McAllen, Texas - Elgin, Texas
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Introduction
I'm a science and tech geek, history buff, needleworker, and all-around nerd. I do astronomy outreach and instructional technology as a day (and sometimes night) job and am probably best known around the internet for Tudor history stuff.
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Has been pocket-dialed by a Nobel-Prize-winning physicist. And talked about tattoos with another one...
Education
  • University of Texas
  • Travis High School
  • Fulmore Junior High
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