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Viewing the Solar Eclipse—in 1937

By Melissa Sagen “Like a hungry small boy sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, an astronomer at a total eclipse of the sun is there to get all he can while he has the chance. The boy is determined to stuff himself with as much turkey as possible while it lasts, and the astronomer is eager…

Holding the Cosmos in Our Hands

“The seed comes from the tree, the tree comes from the seed. It’s like the chicken and the egg. If people want to understand it, they will break the seed apart — they will actually kill it — to see the cells, the chromosomes and the genetics. There is another way to look at this. I plant a seed and a miracle happens — something new is born out of this carbohydrate and protein, a new life is born. This is a miracle, you see? The miracle of life.”

Inaugural Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on Astronomy Challenges Students to Make a Positive Impression

The Governor’s Institutes are some of the best educational opportunities for Vermont teenagers in the summer. This year they launched their first Institute on Astronomy in partnership with the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation, Lyndon State College, and the Vermont Space Grant Consortium. Their hope was to expose the 25 students who attended to astronomy…

February 1, 2015: Shooting Sharks, Models and The Pros and Cons of Adventure Preparation

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they motorcycle from Tibet to France, photograph crocodiles, sharks and models, get abandoned near the summit of Turkey’s tallest mountain, celebrate Soviet McDonald’s, eschew risks for the kids, study energy and matter’s dark twins, studying cultures in transition to modernity, prepare 1,000 foods to eat before you die, and blow out candles at Everest’s base camp.

Have You Seen the Largest Picture Ever Taken?

On January 5 NASA captured a1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) that requires more than 4 GB of disk space. Its is an image of the Andromeda Galaxy and it was captured using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. One image contains 100 million stars and takes you to more than 40,000 light years. Popular articles:…

October 26, 2014: Give a Turtle CPR, Climb Yosemite’s Most Iconic Peaks, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb all of the world’s tallest mountains, write travel stories, pack for a purpose, give a turtle CPR, set records in the Yosemite Valley, find early humans where you don’t expect to, map the Earth, the oceans and Mars, and harvest GMOs.

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Mr. Sun is angry, and Earth better look out.

5 Sky Events This Week: Orion’s Meteors, Hidden Sun, and Zodiacal Light

October’s skies delight the eyes, for stargazers this week.

4 Sky Events This Week: Rival of Mars Does Battle With Red Planet

Mars meets a rival this week, delighting stargazers.

MAVEN Arrives in Martian Orbit

MAVEN and Mars, two great things that now go together.

Solar Storm Heading for Earth May Spark Auroras This Weekend

A solar outburst promises weekend northern lights.

August 31, 2014: Diving Deep For Bioluminescence, Mixing Climate Change With Music and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dodge whales and pirates on the Indian Ocean, track poachers in Africa, find lost societies in Orkney, shed light on glowing sharks, harmonize with melting ice in Antarctica, live underwater for 31 days, follow in the pawprints of a lone wolf for 1,200 miles, and rove across the red planet.

5 Sky Events This Week: Milky Way Gems Sparkle While Venus Snuggles With Leo

A bright moon steers skywatchers to Milky Way wonders this week.

Whether in Iceland or on Mars, Follow the Water

Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students in Iceland to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to gain insight on other planets, particularly Mars. Crystals and underground rivers speak of the cycle of fire and ice.

NKAF Summer Space Camp Connects VT Teens to the Universe Once Again

This year’s Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) Space Camp at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) placed an emphasis on student astronomy projects of the camper’s choice either individually or in teams. At the conclusion of the camp, campers presented a report to parents and relatives about what they studied and learned during the week. In addition…