Solar Eclipse

Eclipse Glasses Not Required

August 21, 2017

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has created a free Smithsonian Eclipse app, allowing users to watch a live NASA stream of the eclipse as it moves across the country. […]

image of the eagle nebula by the hubble telescope

Hubble Images—Exploring the Birthplace of Stars

June 27, 2017

Among the incredible Hubble cloud images, none has been received with greater public acclaim than the detailed 1995 snapshot of newborn stars emerging from giant pillars of gas and dust inside the Eagle Nebula. This image looks like a fantasy landscape out of a dream or a children’s story. Get ready to explore this image in the context of galactic interstellar clouds, the process of star formation, and the impact of young stars on their interstellar environments. […]


TRAPPIST-1 Discovery

February 27, 2017

NASA went public with their discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1. What does this exciting news mean to our former knowledge of exoplanets? Professor Joshua Winn dives into the topic. […]

image of stonehenge

Stonehenge: A Remarkable Relic of Archeoastronomy

February 9, 2017

Ancient astronomers achieved remarkable feats that were built on many thousands of years of watching the sky. How did they accomplish so much without using the technology we have available today? Welcome to the study of archeoastronomy. […]


Great Moons of Our Solar System

January 6, 2017

Everyone memorizes the names of the eight planets. But how many of us have memorized the seven large moons of the solar system? We’ll start […]


Dark Matter: MACHOs or WIMPs?

December 14, 2016

In the hunt for dark matter, there are several candidates that could make up this mysterious substance. One of the more popular candidates are MACHOs, or […]