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Pamela L. Gay
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Our promise is to be here as your guide to learning and doing astronomy.

Our goal is to provide anyone with an interest in space the opportunity to partner with scientists using NASA data to explore our Solar System. From the Moon to Mercury, you are invited help us do science. In exchange, we will offer you a virtual version of all the opportunities professional researchers have in their research labs. From seminars to star parties, and from planetarium shows to classes, CosmoQuest will help you learn. Recent funding cuts have made it impossible for scientists to explore all the data we have on our own, but with your help, we can explore our Solar System. Through this fundraiser we will raise money to support our software, education, and media programs.

Initial Funding Goal:
$295,200 to fund citizen science software and projects.

*Donate http://bit.ly/1gVAtOy*
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Next up in the spring bloom lineup - fancy tulips.
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Achievement unlocked: New Knowledge. 

Did you know people make music from Cosmic Rays? I didn't, but now I do. Watch now to learn with me.
 
Join Marty Quinn as he introduces CRaTER Live, a new, free Internet Radio Station where users around the world can listen to cosmic rays hitting the Moon, both from deep space, and as result of coronal mass ejections from the Sun. CRaTER Live presents data counts per second from the six cosmic ray detectors that form the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation instrument on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO mission. LRO orbits the moon every two hours, and sends data related to the six detectors every second back to Earth through NASA's space communications network. That means that CRaTER receives live data for 60 minutes, then replays that data for the next 60 minutes while CRaTER goes behind the moon and loses communication in the process. The data is encoded so that small solar events, as well as large solar storm events alter the music pitches that play the detector counts in dramatic ways, changing instruments and scales as cosmic ray counts increase. In the twenty minute introduction to CRaTER Live, Quinn will introduce the sonification design so listeners will be able to decode the sounds for themselves, and discuss various options to listen on the web, or on your mobile device 24 hours a day. Quinn will be joined by members of the CRaTER team, as well as visually impaired students from St Lucy Day School for the Blind in Philadelphia.
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From daffodils to the apple tree and first tulips, spring rolls on.
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*Of Coincidences*

While the world is large, the circles of people we move in is often small.

And that small circle of people can sometimes be very global and very stragely interconnected. 

Last night, as I got ready to leave #AFO2014  in Olomouc, Czech Republic, another speaker, +Llewellyn Falco (who is the same person who 22 years ago helped me through Calc 3 and Calc 4), recommended that I should listen to the audio story "Subversion" on the +Escape Pod podcast. I laughed because (since we've only poorly kept in touch) he couldn't know that I narrated for them under a pseudonym. Nonetheless, that particular show was one I didn't narrate and haven't heard, so when I got to my room, I downloaded it. Since I only had about 1 hour left on the audio book I'd been listening too, I also downloaded +Mur Lafferty's "The Shambling Guide to New York City" so I could re listen on the plane before getting into her new "Ghost Train to New Orleans". (Interestingly, Mur's husband, +Jim Van Verth was on a panel at #AFO2014  with Llewellyn.)

Anyway....

I finished the book I was listening to on the drive to Prague, and decided to listen to Shambling guide for the first part of the flight, when I was likely to drift in and out of sleep. When I came fully awake to eat breakfast, I switched to listening to "Subversion" and heard the voice of +Christiana Ellis reading it out to me. Keeping the chain of connections growing, Chistiana and Mur were among the 4 authors (including +Nathan Lowell and +Scott Sigler) that I got to work with to create FreeWifiOnMars, a graphic novel based on new science lead by William Keel ... science I'd been talking about as an example of new science getting turned into fiction during my Science Fiction / Science Fact presentation at #AFO2014

The story was great, and as it ended, on came Mur... to promote her Shambling Guide I'd just been listening to...

It's turtles all the way down.
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+GETAHUN CHORAMO That comment sounded like it came out of a Chekov play! The question is - what makes our circle a prison? Fear, lack of resources, lack of understanding... I am blessed to have many opportunities, and my circle is small because there are very few who do what I do (sci comm, new media, etc) Our circles are small for many reasons, but some our small for positive reasons. ... I wish they were all small for positive reasons.
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During this live performance radio signals will be used to send images to the Moon from radio antennas in one of three locations around the world, Brazil, the UK or Switzerland. These signals will bounce off the Moon and return to Earth where they will be picked up by the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope. These moonbounced images will be presented in real time as they return from the Moon and at the end of the performance they will be printed and mailed back as postcards to the people who submitted them.
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Doesn't the shadow look like a frog cheering them on?

#CantUnsee  
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Those look like wood ducks. Cute! Their fluffy down will cushion their fall.
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You can't smell virtual flowers.

Last night I left my home office window open, and this morning I found it chilly but scented with lilac and apple blossom. 

I tend to live online, carrying on my communications with friends and colleagues in the private and public spaces of Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air.There are times, however, when I step away from my computer realize the real world is needs to be explored for all its (sometimes floral scented) beauty.
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I wish I could share the delicate scent of these daffodils in my desk with my friends and family. So many different scents. When will we be able to share smells? It would have to be by choice like we do sound now.
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Join Marty Quinn as he introduces CRaTER Live, a new, free Internet Radio Station where users around the world can listen to cosmic rays hitting the Moon, both from deep space, and as result of coronal mass ejections from the Sun. CRaTER Live presents data counts per second from the six cosmic ray detectors that form the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation instrument on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO mission. LRO orbits the moon every two hours, and sends data related to the six detectors every second back to Earth through NASA's space communications network. That means that CRaTER receives live data for 60 minutes, then replays that data for the next 60 minutes while CRaTER goes behind the moon and loses communication in the process. The data is encoded so that small solar events, as well as large solar storm events alter the music pitches that play the detector counts in dramatic ways, changing instruments and scales as cosmic ray counts increase. In the twenty minute introduction to CRaTER Live, Quinn will introduce the sonification design so listeners will be able to decode the sounds for themselves, and discuss various options to listen on the web, or on your mobile device 24 hours a day. Quinn will be joined by members of the CRaTER team, as well as visually impaired students from St Lucy Day School for the Blind in Philadelphia.
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Moments from #AFO2014  
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Lawrence Krauss seems to be in the good mood
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  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Assistant research professor, 2006 - present
  • Astrosphere New Media Association
    Executive Director, 2008 - present
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Spreading astronomy one sidereal day at a time.
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I'm an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in space science & technology. Find me at AstronomyCast.com and CosmoQuest.org.
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Edwardsville, IL - Somerville, MA - Milwaukee, WI - Austin, TX - East Lansing, MI - Russia, Karachay-Cherkessia, Nizhniy Arkhyz - Westford, MA - Newbury Park, CA - San Jose, CA
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