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What Is An Exoplanet? & Becoming An Astronomer – Lauren Biddle Interview Ep1

Astronomy School, Exoplanets and Jedis Oh My! In this interview we speak with new astronomer Lauren Biddle about her experience at the University of Arizona studying for, and earning, an impressive double major Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy and Physics, time as a telescope operator there, her current position at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, methods to search for exoplanets, her path ahead as an Exoplaneteer Astronomer, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, inspiration from Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, the re-boot of COSMOS, and we ask for your questions for future episodes.

Orion First Flight Video

NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched and successfully flew its first flight today, 5 December 2014. Carried aloft aboard a Delta IV Heavy Rocket, the capsule, intended to carry astronauts, but empty on this test flight, traveled for approximately 4.5 hours according to the space agency.

December 2014 Stargazing – Skywatching – Astronomy Night Sky

Here is your quick video guide to December 2014 stargazing and sky-watching of the astronomy events visible in the night sky: The Geminids and Ursids offer two more opportunities to catch meteor showers this year and two comets put in an appearance (Comet Siding Spring and Comet PanSTARRS)

November 2014 Stargazing – Skywatching – Astronomy Night Sky

Here is your quick video guide to November 2014 stargazing and sky-watching of the astronomy events visible in the night sky: The big space news this month is the ESA mission of the Rosetta spacecraft and the landing of the Philae lander on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Comet C-G). November 2014 offers two meteor showers: The Taurid meteor shower and the Leonid meteor shower.

August 2014 Stargazing – Skywatching – Astronomy Night Sky

Here is your quick video guide to August 2014 stargazing and sky-watching of the astronomy events visible in the night sky: Venus and Jupiter are visible at dawn, Saturn and Mars may be viewed at dusk, and you won’t need a telescope. Don’t forget this month is the annual Perseid meteor shower through 17 August.

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