Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium

Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium The Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in May 2010, whose purpose is to continue to raise funds to make the Planetarium even better.
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ScienceAlert
09/07/2020
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A seismometer picked up the change.

This fall will be a great time to observe the planet Mars! Here's a photo from last night (9/05/2020) when it was within...
09/06/2020

This fall will be a great time to observe the planet Mars! Here's a photo from last night (9/05/2020) when it was within a degree of the Moon! (Photo taken from Arlington, VA).

If you enlarge the picture, you should be able to see Mars directly above the Moon.

New High-Res Images of The Sun Show How Creepy Sunspots Look in Closeup
09/04/2020
New High-Res Images of The Sun Show How Creepy Sunspots Look in Closeup

New High-Res Images of The Sun Show How Creepy Sunspots Look in Closeup

One of the most powerful solar observatories in the world has just completed a major upgrade. And now, the GREGOR solar telescope in Spain has taken some of the most high-resolution images of our Sun ever obtained in Europe.

Orion Hosts a Bizarrely Wonky Protoplanetary System With 3 Stars
09/04/2020
Orion Hosts a Bizarrely Wonky Protoplanetary System With 3 Stars

Orion Hosts a Bizarrely Wonky Protoplanetary System With 3 Stars

A cloud of dust and gas swirling around an infant star system 1,300 light-years away is like no planet-forming disc we've seen yet. It consists of three rings, wrapped around three stars - and all three rings have different orientations, with the inn

09/04/2020
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Space Facts

It's a big, big galaxy out there.

APOD: Jupiter and the Moons (2020 Sep 02)Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Fedezhttps://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200902.htmlE...
09/02/2020
APOD: 2020 September 2 – Jupiter and the Moons

APOD: Jupiter and the Moons (2020 Sep 02)
Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Fedez
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200902.html

Explanation: How many moons do you see? Many people would say one, referring to the Earth's Moon, prominent on the lower left. But take a closer look at the object on the upper right. That seeming-star is actually the planet Jupiter, and your closer look might reveal that it is not alone — it is surrounded by some of its largest moons. From left to right these Galilean Moons are Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. These moons orbit the Jovian world just like the planets of our Solar System orbit the Sun, in a line when seen from the side. The featured single shot was captured from Cancun, Mexico last week as Luna, in its orbit around the Earth, glided past the distant planet. Even better views of Jupiter are currently being captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, now in a looping orbit around the Solar System's largest planet. Earth's Moon will continue to pass nearly in front of both Jupiter and Saturn once a month (moon-th) as the two giant planets approach their own great conjunction in December.

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Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page
http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=200902

A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

Most Massive Black Hole Collision Detected Confirms Elusive Middleweight Black Holes
09/02/2020
Most Massive Black Hole Collision Detected Confirms Elusive Middleweight Black Holes

Most Massive Black Hole Collision Detected Confirms Elusive Middleweight Black Holes

From 7 billion light-years away, a pair of colliding black holes has delivered up, on a shiny gravitational wave platter, one of the most sought-after detections in black hole astronomy - the extremely elusive 'middleweight' black hole, which lies in

"It is a fascinating thought that the Universe may be packed with intelligent life that is so different from ours that w...
09/02/2020
A Strange Form of Life Could Flourish Deep Inside of Stars, Physicists Say

"It is a fascinating thought that the Universe may be packed with intelligent life that is so different from ours that we failed to recognise its existence,"

When searching for signs of life in the Universe, we tend to look for very specific things, based on what we know: a planet like Earth, in orbit around a star, and at a distance that allows liquid surface water. But there could, conceivably, be other

UPDATE: SpaceX delays this morning's Starlink fleet launch due to weather.Weather permitting, SAOCOM-1B will fly from Sp...
08/30/2020
SpaceX doubleheader! Watch 2 Falcon 9 rockets lift off from Florida Sunday

UPDATE: SpaceX delays this morning's Starlink fleet launch due to weather.

Weather permitting, SAOCOM-1B will fly from SpaceX’s other Florida launch pad, at Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. That liftoff is scheduled for 7:18 p.m. EDT (2318 GMT).

If the weather cooperates.

Why fixing the Hubble constant could change how we see the Universe.
08/30/2020
This Is The Most Exciting Crisis in Cosmology

Why fixing the Hubble constant could change how we see the Universe.

For as long as there has been a Universe, space has been expanding. It winked into existence roughly 13.8 billion years ago, and has been puffing up ever since, like a giant cosmic balloon.

08/29/2020
My Place: Astrophotography from Almost Heaven

Here's a lovely video made by Jeff Ball, an accomplished astrophotographer. He shows some of the beautiful images he has made at Spruce Knob in West VA.

Join me on my July new Moon astrophotography travels. Where is your "place"? Astronomy is a wondrous hobby. Time under a dark sky, naturally, provides opport...

Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast
08/29/2020
Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast

Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast

This Hubble Space Telescope image depicts a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, the result of the "death" of a star 20 times more massive than our Sun 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Light from this supernova takes around 2,400 years to reach Earth.

How big does a meteor have to be to make it to the ground?
08/28/2020
How big does a meteor have to be to make it to the ground?

How big does a meteor have to be to make it to the ground?

Where I live it is pretty common to see "shooting stars" -- streaks of light in the sky at night. How big is a shooting star? Do they land on earth or do they burn up? Do they land on the ground as meteorites?

Hubble maps giant halo around Andromeda Galaxy
08/28/2020
Hubble maps giant halo around Andromeda Galaxy

Hubble maps giant halo around Andromeda Galaxy

In a landmark study, scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the immense envelope of gas, called a halo, surrounding the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large galactic neighbor. Scientists were surprised to find that this tenuous, nearly invisible halo of diffuse plasma extends 1.3....

New Evidence Finally Confirms The Theory of How Stars Get Shredded by Black Holes
08/27/2020
New Evidence Finally Confirms The Theory of How Stars Get Shredded by Black Holes

New Evidence Finally Confirms The Theory of How Stars Get Shredded by Black Holes

When a star ventures a little too close to a black hole, we know - broadly - what happens. The intense tidal forces tear the star apart in what is called a tidal disruption event, unleashing a final burst of light before the star's debris passes beyo

Scientists Measured The Global Magnetic Field of The Sun's Corona For The First Time
08/27/2020
Scientists Measured The Global Magnetic Field of The Sun's Corona For The First Time

Scientists Measured The Global Magnetic Field of The Sun's Corona For The First Time

The Sun's corona, its outer atmosphere of searing hot plasma, is a source of constant fascination for scientists – and in a major leap forward in our understanding, researchers have mapped out a region of its global magnetic field for the first tim

A team of astronomers in the United Kingdom has used a machine learning algorithm to analyze a sample of candidate exopl...
08/26/2020
Artificial Intelligence Validates 50 Exoplanets in Kepler Data | Astronomy | Sci-News.com

A team of astronomers in the United Kingdom has used a machine learning algorithm to analyze a sample of candidate exoplanets identified by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and determine which ones are real and which ones are false positives.

A team of astronomers in the United Kingdom has used a machine learning algorithm to analyze a sample of candidate exoplanets identified by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and determine which ones are real and which ones are false positives.

08/26/2020
Aug. 27 Live Broadcast: Delta IV Heavy NROL-44

UPDATE: LAUNCH NOW SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 29TH AT 2:04 AM
VIDEO COVERAGE BEGINS AT 1:40

Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket.

Watch live as ULA's Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Launch is sche...

08/25/2020
American Archaeoastronomy

Ancient skywatchers built hundreds of monuments to track the motion of the sun, moon, and even stars and planets. While Stonehenge is probably the most famous of these ancient sites, the Americas have many of their own. Come explore a few of these sites and learn how Native Americans were able to build huge cities aligned to the cardinal points and monuments that celebrated the solstices and equinoxes.

08/25/2020

Don’t forget to join us here on our page at 7:30pm (EDT) tonight (8/25/20) for a talk on American Archaeoastronomy sites!

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Here's a new video about animal constellations in the night sky. We learn that the robots Piper and Vista can send me "time-texts" from their friends Tommy and Laura, space explorers of the future.
Solar eclipse 2017 Orlando, FL
Solar Eclipse 2017 Orlando, Fl
This proposed designation would cover the Planetarium too.