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Solar Eclipse - the 2017 event and more - PAESTA Podcast Series: Episode 29

You Asked, We Answered!

Take a listen to this conversation between Kevin Toney and Dr. Chris Palma (Astronomy, Penn State University). The discussion addresses the August 2017 solar eclipse and provides a background overview of solar eclipses.

To explore resources on the 2017 total solar eclipse, see our collection on the PAESTA website: http://www.paesta.psu.edu/event/2017-total-solar-eclipse  

World Space Week 2016

World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate the United Nations-declared World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2016. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 70 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology.

Listen Current: A Year in Space

Listen Current

From Listen Current, 03/10/2016  --  After living in space for almost a year, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned safely to Earth. Kelly stayed aboard the International Space Station, conducting experiments and taking photographs of Earth. Throughout the year, he was able to communicate with people at NASA and update them on his activities and status. Researchers at NASA have also tracked Kelly’s physical and mental health after one of the longest missions in space. Listen to the story to hear more about this astronaut’s admirable and historic journey.

Listen Current: Space Waves

From Listen Current, 02/21/2016  --  Scientists recently announced a huge discovery—gravitational waves. The waves were detected when a collision of two black holes created ripples or waves, similar to ripples on a pond. These ripples were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago as a part of his theory of relativity. Scientists have been working to detect these waves for decades and are excited about the information that can be learned from them. In this story you will hear what gravitational waves sound like and learn more about their discovery.

EARTH Magazine: Oceans Revealed on Icy Moons

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 08/03/2015  --  It now appears that, of the many moons of Jupiter and Saturn, two of them may have oceans beneath their icy exteriors. Scientists studying Jupiter's moon Ganymede - the largest moon in the solar system and the only one with its own magnetic field, which frequently sparks aurorae - used the Hubble space telescope to detect ultraviolet light emitted by the aurorae, which were less active than expected, given the moon's magnetic field.

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