2007-08 Observatory Night Video Archive

The following video presentations can be viewed with Realplayer.

December 15, 2008 "Gems of the Winter Sky," David Aguilar, CfA While Cygnus the Swan glides over the western horizon, the Seven Sisters look on as Orion the Hunter stands up to Taurus the Bull in the clear skies of winter.
November 20, 2008 "The Truth About Black Holes," Dan Evans, Harvard/MIT Black holes get a bad rap. Too often seen as cannibalistic bullies, they are, in fact, crucial to the formation and evolution of the Universe.
October 16, 2008 "The 40-Minute Universe," Christine Pulliam, CfA From the birth and death of stars to the structure of the Milky Way - this 40-minute overview covers the basics of our place in the cosmos and includes the latest space imagery and animations.
September 18, 2008 "Cosmology Then and Now," Richard Bond, University of Toronto Light from the earliest days of the universe still surrounds us today. Only 370,000 years after the Big Bang created protons and electrons, those particles combined to form hydrogen atoms, releasing a burst of energy.
May 15, 2008 "Comets—Solar System Messengers," Daniel Green, CfA Comets have awed mankind throughout recorded history, suddenly appearing as blazing apparitions in our skies. We now know that they are really dusty iceballs orbiting the Sun, but they still hold plenty of surprises.
March 20, 2008 "The Good, The Bad, and The Outrageous," Dan Vergano, USA Today When science reporting goes awry, an announcement for evidence of water in Mars' ancient past becomes the headline "Mars rover finds signs of microbial life." Such mistakes are becoming more common in today's changing media world, where science coverage is shrinking and fewer media outlets have dedicated science reporters.
February 21, 2008 "Here Comes the Sun," Dr. Kelly Korreck, CfA Like a tantrum-prone child, our Sun goes through periodic outbursts. It is quiet now, but in a few years the Sun will boil with solar flares, generating violent space storms in the inner solar system.
January 17, 2008 "Impact! Identifying and Tracking Asteroid Threats," Dr. Brian Marsden, CfA In late 2007, astronomers spotted an asteroid with a chance of hitting Mars on January 30th. Whether it strikes or not, this incident reminds us that we are in a cosmic "shooting gallery."
November 15, 2007 "Mars Phoenix: Following the Water," Suzanne Young, Tufts University In August 2007, NASA launched the Phoenix mission, a lander headed to the Martian North Polar Cap with the specific task of searching out evidence of a liquid water history on the Red Planet.
October 18, 2007 "50 Years of the Space Age," Jonathan McDowell, CfA On October 4, 1957, a stunned world learned that the Soviet Union had successfully launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1.
image September 20, 2007 "A Quarter Million Customers Served," Roy Gould, CfA For about 20 years, a fleet of automated telescopes called MicroObservatory has offered schoolkids across the nation a chance to take pictures of the sky, and to get those pictures delivered to them online.

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