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Astronomy Beat is a monthly, on-line column written by “insiders” from the worlds of astronomy research and outreach.
Current issue: July 28, 2016
A Solar Eclipse Still Excites In This Day And Age, Even For Astronauts
Susan Runco (NASA, JSC, Astromaterials)
The dawn of the space age has provided us with a new vantage point for viewing a solar eclipse. We can now look down rather than up to see and enjoy an eclipse, looking at the Moon’s shadow cast on the Earth rather than the traditional view of seeing the Moon pass in front of the Sun. In this issue of Astronomy Beat, read about how astronauts capture eclipse photos and how NASA gets eclipse information to the ISS crew, and enjoy some beautiful images of eclipses from space.
In 2014, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific celebrates its 125th anniversary year of communicating and educating about the universe around us. But back in 1889, the universe seemed a very different place–simpler, but perhaps no less mysterious. Jim Manning, departing executive director, takes a long moment to look the state of astronomy and the cosmos at the time of the Society’s founding, and how things have changed since then in the February 2014 issue of Astronomy Beat. Join him for a peek at the universe “125 years ago today.”
With our compliments, please enjoy the June 2013 issue of Astronomy Beat featuring Nancy Roman, an early pioneer in paving the way for female scientists at NASA. Among other accomplishments, and because of her tireless efforts in support of a space-based observatory, Nancy Roman is often considered the mother of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Download the following sample Astronomy Beat columns FREE to see what the series is like.
The Discovery of Pluto
by Clyde Tombaugh
The Discovery of the First Gravitational Lenses
by Ray Weymann
Origins of the Drake Equation
by Frank Drake and Dava Sobel
Stargazing Centaurs: The Astronomy of Harry Potter
by Kristine Larsen
And the Sun Stood Still: Dramatizing Copernicus
by Dava Sobel
How to Catch a Moon or Two of Pluto
by Mark R. Showalter