Archive for April, 2011
- Start your viewing with the naked eye and look for bright Venus in the east.
- Hold your hand out at arms length (works for kids and adults) and refer to the chart below for degrees, Jupiter will be 10 degrees away to the left and slightly down towards the horizon
- Just above is Mars
- Mercury is about a thumb width down and to the left of Venus. This will be more difficult to see depending on the light pollution in your area and how much you’ve allowed the sun to rise.
- Uranus will be on up and to the right of Venus about 10 degrees away (this will be difficult to see, even with a telescope because it is dim)
- Neptune is 40 degres to the right and a bit up from the horizon from Venus. Neptune is in a darker part of the sky, away from the sunrise but is even dimmer so will be very difficult to see even with a telescope.
- On Saturday morning, the moon will be just above Venus, on Sunday the moon will be just above Mars and Jupiter.
A program developed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will give hands-on flight experiences through the use of NASA sounding rockets and scientific balloons. The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) and Wallops Balloon Experience for Educators (WBEE). The WBEE experience culminates with the launch of their payload onboard a NASA scientific balloon from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas.
The programs include but in-person opportunities for those near Wallops and virtual ones for those beyond.
Using the Kinect game controller plus a depth camera coupled with the SDK for Windows, this demo shows how the controller can be used to interact with astronomy software like World Wide Telescope. This could be a game changer for planetariums and science museums.