- NASA site for exploring Mars, orbiters, and landers
- Perseverance Rover 3D Model
- Perseverance Rover 3D Model with clickable instrument highlights
- Ingenuity Helicopter 3D Model
- Veritasium YouTube video about the Ingenuity helicopter
- Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) simulation which will also synch up with the actual real-time landing sequence on landing day
- Landing Event: Thursday, February 18. Live coverage begins at 1:15 PM CST, cruise stage separation will occur around 2:38 PM, with the landing expected around 2:55 PM. Live coverage in Spanish is also available.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Friday, September 25, 2020
This video, Observing the Moon in Binoculars, provides tips for now to observe the Moon in binoculars. It provides tips for how to see more detail, and what types of features you can hope to see. Features include maria, highlands, craters, and a way to imagine Jack and Jill on the Moon.
If you didn't catch the Moon on this night, don't worry. Sites like TimeAndDate.com allow you to enter your location, and they tell you when the Moon rises and sets so that you can look for it.
The video may also be helpful for students who are learning about the Moon, phases of the Moon, and patterns of Earth and sky. Good luck! Enjoy!
Monday, June 1, 2020
|Credit: John Rummel|
There are so many amazing online resources to help you explore the Moon that I wanted to share some of my favorites so that you can continue to investigate our celestial neighbor.
- Binoculars: Binoculars are great tools for observing the Moon. This article provides some nice tips. Use your binoculars to learn about Jack and Jill on the Moon. Use an app like Moon Globe (iOS) or Moon Atlas 3D (Android) to identify some of the larger features. Here is a simple labeled online map of the Moon.
- NASA Scientific Visualization Studio: This page can show you what the Moon will look like on any date, and includes some of my favorite videos and animations.
- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: Explore the incredible images and stories about this satellite that is orbiting the Moon right now. Their QuickMap allows you to scroll around and zoom in, but it doesn't include labels or information about what you are seeing.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
|Supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87.|
Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
- Article on the Event Horizon Telescope website explaining the image.
- Zoom in video from viewing the entire galaxy down to the center of the galaxy where the black hole is found.
- Excellent video from Veritasium explaining what we are seeing in the image. This is from before the announcement was made, and isn't referring directly to M87, but still very helpful. He has also produced an update video after the announcement.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
|Curiosity Selfie (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)|
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
- ISS Guided Tour: (30 minutes; YouTube) Commander Sunita Williams takes us on a tour of the space station before she heads home to Earth.
- Google Maps "street view" tour of ISS: Explore the inside of of the space station using the Google Maps Street View interface.
|STS-132, May 2010; Credit NASA|
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|Total Solar Eclipse: [Credit - NSO/AURA/NSF]|
- GreatAmericanEclipse.com: This incredible site is one of my favorites, with maps, diagrams, descriptions, animations, how to observe the eclipse, and more. If you only use one of these resources, start here.
- NASA's Eclipse Site: Another great collection of resources. One section that NASA offers that others don't is the collection of activities related to eclipses.
- NASA's Google Maps overlay: zoom in and pan to explore locations along the path of totality. Great tool for choosing your observing site and planning your trip.
- Eclipse-Maps.com: This site hosts an incredible collection of beautiful, detailed maps. Click on Gallery at the top, and look for the August 21st 2017 collection. In that gallery, you may need to download the image in order to see the full resolution image.
- Eclipse2017.org: Another great source of information about the eclipse. This site includes a great table of cities along the path of totality.
- Milwaukee Public Museum Bus Trip: Join us for this 5-day trip to see the eclipse, and some museums, science centers, and historic sites along the way.
- Rainbow Symphony Store: This is where we purchase our eclipse shades. Note that we were able to purchase them in bulk so that we could get our price down for the ones we're selling here at the planetarium. A minimum order of 10 online costs $1.95 each, but you can get the cool designs commemorating this 2017 eclipse.