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Tonight's Sky: August 2016 | HubbleSite
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere's skywatching events with "Tonight's Sky." In August, Saturn and Mars dance with the star Antares.

"Tonight's Sky" is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/G74raU41EU4

Credit: HubbleSite.org
Duration: 8 minutes
Release Date: July 28, 2016

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+National Science Teachers Association 
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#NASA #Hubble #Astronomy #Space #Science #Skywatching
#Stars #Meteors #MeteorShower #Planets #Jupiter #Mars #Saturn #Constellations #STEM #Education #Video #HD
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Earth from Space: Persian painting—Northeastern Iran | ESA
This one hundred ninety-fifth edition of "Earth from Space" features a Sentinel-2 image of northeastern Iran—presented by Malì Cecere from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/fxIo6NVBqwA

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Duration: 3 minutes
Release Date: July 29, 2016

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#ESA #Space #Satellite #Science #Earth #Iran #Persia #Copernicus #Sentinel #Sentinel2 #EarthObservation #RemoteSensing
#STEM #Education #HD #Video #Europe #ایران
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Center of The Milky Way: Sagittarius

Credit: Alvaro Ibañez Perez
Location: Desde Nerpio, Albacete, Spain
Release Date: July 28, 2016

#Astronomy #Space #Science #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Stars #Sagittarius #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #Spain #España #Astrophotography #Art
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Aurora over Tromvik, Norway
"Aurora photos from Tromvik and the surrounding area. Photo and editing: Anne Birgitte Fyhn. Music by Frode Fjellheim. Bass: Odd Magne Gridseth, Flute: Tore Aaen Aune, Guitar: Andreas Aase, Oboe: Steffen Blindheim, other instruments: Frode Fjellheim.
From the album Sangen vi glemte"

Credit: Anne Birgitte Fyhn
Location: Tromvik, Tromsø, Norway
Duration: 4 minutes
Release Date: July 20, 2016

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Aurora #Borealis #NorthernLights #Stars #Astrophotography #Art #Science #STEM #Education #Earth #Norway #Norge #Tromvik #Tromsø #Europe #Panorama #HD #Video
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NASA ScienceCasts: A New Angle on Global Wind Measurements
As hurricane season unfolds, a helpful set of eyes mounted on the International Space Station allows scientists to observe massive storms from a special angle.

Learn more at: http://science.nasa.gov/
Visit http://www.nasa.gov/station

Credit: NASA
Duration: 4 minutes
Release Date: July 28, 2016

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#NASA #Space #ISS #Science #Earth #Wind #Hurricane #Storms #Climate #ClimateChange #Enviroment #STEM #Education #HD #Video
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Atlas V Rocket Launch NROL-61 Highlights | United Launch Alliance
Jul 28, 2016: An Atlas V rocket carrying NROL-61 lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States. US National Reconnaissance Office Payload: classified. The Atlas V’s first stage was powered by a Russian-made RD-180 engine. The NROL-61 mission will represent the 23rd NRO launch by ULA, and the 13th on an Atlas V. This was the 3rd NRO launch, and ULA’s 6th, of 2016.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/GH2CQ9SBpKQ

Credit: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds

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#Space #Satellite #Rocket #DeltaIV #Launch #Military #NRO
#Reconnaissance #NROL61 #AirForce #USAF #ULA
#UnitedLaunchAlliance #Vandenberg #AFB #California #USA
#UnitedStates #Technology #Engineering #STEM #Education
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NASA's Space to Ground: From The Heart | Week of July 29, 2016
NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hJl5J8M2H-Q

Credit: NASA/JSC
Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds
Release Date: July 29, 2016

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#NASA #Space #ISS #Astronauts #JeffWilliams #KateRubins #AstroKate #Doctor #Scientist #Heart #Health #Research #Experiments #Human #Spaceflight #Science #Microgravity #Laboratory #Spacecraft #Technology #JourneyToMars #JSC #Houston #Texas #UnitedStates #Expedition48 #STEM #Education #Video #HD 
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Persian painting: Northeastern Iran | Sentinel-2A Satellite | ESA
The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over to northeastern Iran, the second largest country in the Middle East. A dryland area, most of Iran’s territory is classified as arid and semi-arid, about half of which is characterized by rangeland, barren land and mountains.

Visible in the center of the image and at top left are alluvial fans. These are formed when streams or rivers hit plains and spread out. They represent the distinct pattern of water runoff from the mountains, where the eroded soil, with the help of rain, is carried from the mountain slopes to lower lands.

At top left, resembling brush strokes in a painting, seasonal accumulation of water and various salt minerals is evident in greys and whites.

Scattered throughout the image are many agricultural plots, distinct in such an arid and mountainous region, which also features various rocky formations.

At the far right, the city of Bajestan is visible, with many agricultural fields around it. It is a city with a population of some 11,000, with saffron and pomegranate its most important products, grown in the various plots on the left.

The shades of red indicate how sensitive the multispectral instrument on Sentinel-2A is to differences in chlorophyll content, providing key information on vegetation health.

Various towns or settlements are represented in greys throughout the image.

This false-color image—also featured on the "Earth from Space" video program—was captured by Sentinel-2A on February 22, 2016. The satellite is the first in the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission for Europe’s Copernicus program, carrying a wide-swath high-resolution instrument with 13 spectral bands, for a new perspective on our land and vegetation.

Credit & Copyright Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA
Release Date: July 29, 2016

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#ESA #Space #Satellite #Science #Earth #Iran #Bajestan #Persia #Copernicus #Sentinel #Sentinel2 #EarthObservation
#RemoteSensing #STEM #Education #Europe #ایران
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NASA’s Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home
Artist illustration: TESS spacecraft in front of Earth and the moon. TESS will look at the nearest, brightest stars to find planetary candidates that scientists will observe for years to come.
July 27, 2016: As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home. Launching in 2017-2018, TESS will identify planets orbiting the brightest stars just outside our solar system using what’s known as the transit method.

When a planet passes in front of, or transits, its parent star, it blocks some of the star's light. TESS searches for these telltale dips in brightness, which can reveal the planet's presence and provide additional information about it.

TESS will be able to learn the sizes of the planets it sees and how long it takes them to complete an orbit. These two pieces of information are critical to understanding whether a planet is capable of supporting life. Nearly all other planet classifications will come from follow up observations, by both TESS team ground telescopes as well as ground- and space-based observations, including NASA's James Webb Space Telescope launching in 2018.

Compared to the Kepler mission, which has searched for exoplanets thousands to tens of thousands of light-years away from Earth towards the constellation Cygnus, TESS will search for exoplanets hundreds of light-years or less in all directions surrounding our solar system.

TESS will survey most of the sky by segmenting it into 26 different segments known as tiles. The spacecraft's powerful cameras will look continuously at each tile for just over 27 days, measuring visible light from the brightest targets every two minutes. TESS will look at stars classified as twelfth apparent magnitude and brighter, some of which are visible to the naked eye. The higher the apparent magnitude, the fainter the star. For comparison, most people can see stars as faint as sixth magnitude in a clear dark sky and the faintest star in the Big Dipper ranks as third magnitude.

Among the stars TESS will observe, small bright dwarf stars are ideal for planet identification, explained Joshua Pepper, co-chair of the TESS Target Selection Working Group. One of the TESS science goals is to find Earth- and super-Earth-sized planets. These are difficult to discover because of their small size compared to their host stars, but focusing TESS on smaller stars makes finding these small planets much easier. This is because the fraction of the host star's light that a planet blocks is proportional to the planet’s size.

Scientists expect TESS to observe at least 200,000 stars during the two years of its spaceflight mission, resulting in the discovery of thousands of new exoplanets.

While the search for transiting exoplanets is the primary goal of the mission, TESS will also make observations of other astrophysical objects through the Guest Investigator (GI) Program. Because TESS is conducting a near all-sky survey, it has the capability to perform interesting studies on many different types of astronomical target.

“The goal of the GI Program is to maximize the amount of science that comes out of TESS,” said Padi Boyd, director of the Guest Investigator Program Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. "Although TESS was designed to be capable of detecting planets transiting in front of stars, its unique mission characteristics mean that the potential science TESS can do includes far more than just exoplanets.” According to Boyd, the broad range of objects TESS could detect as part of the GI Program include flaring young stars, binary pairs of stars, supernovae in nearby galaxies, and even supermassive black holes in distant active galaxies. “We hope the broader science community will come up with many unique science ideas for TESS, and we hope to encourage broad participation from the larger community,” she said.

With the potential to expand our knowledge of the universe for years to come, researchers are excited about the potential discoveries TESS could bring.

“The cool thing about TESS is that one of these days I’ll be able to go out in the country with my daughter and point to a star and say ‘there’s a planet around that one,’” said TESS Project Scientist Stephen Rinehart.

For more information about TESS, visit: tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Release Date: July 28, 2016

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#NASA #Astronomy #Space #Science #Astronomy #Exoplanet #Planet #Search #TESS #Survey #Satellite #Spacecraft #Earth #Cosmos #Universe #Goddard #GSFC #STEM #Education #Artist #Illustration
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Dr. Rubins: Heart Health Research | International Space Station
Astronaut Kate Rubins working on microgravity cell cultures! Studying Stanford heart cells (cardiomyocytes) to understand heart health.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University Medical School Biochemistry Department and
Microbiology and Immunology Department.

Kate's Official NASA Biography (PDF)
www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/rubins-k.pdf

Credit: NASA/JSC
Release Date: July 28, 2016

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+Stanford University 
+University of California, San Diego 
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#NASA #Space #ISS #Science #Research #Astronaut #KateRubins #AstroKate #Doctor #Scientist #Heart #Health #Laboratory #Microgravity #UnitedStates #Spacecraft #Technology #Engineering #Expedition48 #STEM #Education #JourneyToMars 
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Meteor
"Although I've seen much brighter meteors with my eyes, this is the brightest meteor I've captured with my camera. This meteor passed to the WNW sometime between UTC 06:41.44 - 06:42.14 (was taking 30-second exposures). It was bright enough to illuminate the wispy clouds it passed by an eerie green. Unfortunately, I wasn't present to observe it visually."

A bolide is an extremely bright meteor, especially one that explodes in the atmosphere. In astronomy, it refers to a fireball approximately as bright as the full moon, and it is generally considered a synonym of a fireball. In geology a bolide is a very large impactor.

One definition describes a bolide as a fireball reaching an apparent magnitude of -14 or brighter—more than twice as bright as the full moon. Another definition describes a bolide as any generic large crater-forming impacting body whose composition (for example, whether it is a rocky or metallic asteroid, or an icy comet) is unknown. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: M. Colleen Gino
Location: Polvadera, New Mexico
Date: July 28, 2016

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Meteor #Bolide #Earth #Polvadera #NewMexico #USA #UnitedStates #Astrophotography #Art #Photography #SolarSystem
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"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." 
 Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

"Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world."
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) 
[Thanks to author Ann Lee for this one.] 

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
– Edwin Powell Hubble (courtesy of Lillian Ortiz)

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit” 
Stephen Hawking

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
– Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

"And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream...allows you to dream in the dark. It's just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film."
– David Lynch (1946- )

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
– Douglas Adams (1952-2001) 

"Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged."

"Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls."

"Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal."

"He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, Live!'"
– Mevlana Rumi (1207-1273) [Three quotes above]

“The final mystery is oneself.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
– Nelson Mandela (1918- )

"Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so."
– Doris Lessing (1919-?)

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
– Native American Proverb

"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew." 
 Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys." 
– Chief Dan George (1899-1981)

"The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky,
The rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars."
– Chief Dan George (1899-1981)

Live Your Dreams! Seize the Day!
– Anonymous

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it."
Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
Nelson Mandela, Autobiography

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
Joseph Campbell


Personal influences include:
Carl Sagan, Joseph Campbell, Gore Vidal, 
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., 
Thomas Friedman, Aung San Suu Kyi吴仪/Wu Yi,
Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, Elon Musk,
Ann Lee (NYU Prof/Author), Ennio Morricone, 
Al Gore, Leo Buscaglia, Bono, Hermann Scheer, 
Michael Moore, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, 
Gwynne Dyer, Tony Benn, Bill Moyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marc Garneau, Chris Hadfield,
Annie Lennox, Martin Luther King, The Kennedys, 
Bishop Desmond Tutu, Chief Dan George, 
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, 张艺谋/Zhang Yimou, 陈凯歌/Chen Kaige, 王家卫/Wong Kar-wai, 李安/Ang Lee, 黒澤 明/Akira Kurosawa, 宮崎 駿/Hayao Miyazaki, Sergio Leone, David Lynch
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