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Hubble Space Telescope Sees Phobos Orbiting The Red Planet

The sharp eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)

July 20, 2017 – While photographing Mars, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a cameo appearance of the tiny moon Phobos on its trek around the Red Planet. Over the course of 22 minutes, Hubble took 13 separate exposures, allowing astronomers to create a time-lapse video showing the moon’s orbital path. The Hubble observations were intended to photograph Mars, and the moon’s cameo appearance was a bonus. Read More

2017 Colorado STEMworks Database Application

July 20, 2017 – The Colorado STEMworks Database is accepting applications from STEM programs in the state. STEMworks is the go-to resource for finding and investing in the nation’s leading STEM education programs. This is the third time that the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) are jointly administering the process since we partnered with Change the Equation in 2015 to replicate the application and review process. Read More

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Ground-breaking Ground-based Images Of Planets Obtained By Pic-Net Pro-Am Team
Source: Europlanet Outreach

The first observing run of a collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers to monitor our planetary neighbours has resulted in some of the best planetary images ever taken from the ground. Last month, a small team of amateur astronomers carried out a pilot observing run during a workshop funded by the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI). Superb-quality images of Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter’s moon Ganymede were obtained during four nights of observations, as well as images of Uranus and Neptune.

Falcon Heavy Prepares For Debut Flight As Musk Urges Caution On Expectations

Developing rockets is difficult – even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters. Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy. Once operational, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world. While the path to its inaugural mission has been challenging, Elon Musk is urging caution surrounding expectations of the rocket’s first flight, which is expected later this year from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Adler Planetarium Astronomer Develops New Ways To See The Formation Of Stars And Discovers Never-Before Seen Areas In Our Milky Way Galaxy
Source: Adler Planetarium

A research team led by Adler Planetarium astronomer Dr. Grace Wolf- Chase has discovered new evidence of stars forming in our Milky Way Galaxy. By using a telescope equipped to detect infrared light invisible to our eyes, this exciting new science is revealing how stars, including our very own Sun, grow up within clusters and groups.

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