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Saturday Space Reels - StarTalk

March 28, 2020

If you need a calming voice and quirky laughter alongside your daily helping of astronomy, you need StarTalk ! This award-winning show is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson (your personal astrophysicist) and co-host Chuck Nice, they often invite experts in their fields to the show to geek out about space...

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Friday Flicks - Interstellar

March 27, 2020

Our second Friday Flick is Interstellar! IMDb describes it as “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.” We love this film because astrophysicist (and one of the world’s leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity) Kip...

Screen capture from SkySafari of western sky for March 26, 2020

Gaze Into the Cosmos on Thursday - Venus Greatest Elongation

March 26, 2020

Step outside tonight after dinner and see Venus high in the western sky. In fact, Venus is at greatest elongation this week (distance from the Sun from our perspective). Specifically, it's 46 degrees east of Old Sol in our sky. Got binoculars or a scope? You'll see Venus looking like...

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Wednesday Rad Apps - Moon Globe

March 25, 2020

At Fiske, we love this rad app: MOON GLOBE - This app is a must have! And, it's FREE! Want to know what that crater is named? How about where Apollo 11 landed? Wanna see the far side of the Moon? Look no more, this app will turn your mobile...

Photo on board the ISS astronaut looking out the cupola windows at earth

Tuesday Fun Facts - The Overview Effect part 1

March 24, 2020

When viewing the Earth as a collective whole, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of connectedness and unity. On our blue marble, suspended in the black velvet backdrop of space, is everyone and everything you’ve ever known or heard about. The Overview Effect is a shift in awareness or...

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Sound Wave Mondays - Astronomy Cast

March 23, 2020

Got specific questions about astronomy? Look no further! Astronomy Cast has all the answers. This was the first podcast that came to mind for our new feature Monday's Sound Waves. What is going on with Betelgeuse? Why can't we figure out the age of Saturn's rings? How does terraforming work?...

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Serene Sundays - Why do YOU love astronomy?

March 22, 2020

Why do YOU love astronomy? For some, astronomy takes them beyond themselves to create a sense of humbleness. Our first Serene Sunday focuses on that feeling of humbled awe we experience while gazing into the cosmos, and we feel that mathematician, physicist, engineer, and philosopher Henri Poincaré said it well:...

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Saturday Space Reels - Crash Course Astronomy

March 21, 2020

Have you ever wanted to know basically everything about the universe? Are you insatiably curious about what's directly above our heads? We know the perfect YouTube series for you! Tune in to Crash Course Astronomy with the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait! The very first episode takes you on a tour...

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Friday Flicks - The Martian

March 20, 2020

Adapted from Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is the first on our new ‘Friday Flicks’ movie list! As described by IMDb, the plot is recounted as “an astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal...