Tonga Volcano Eruption Seen From Space, NASA Scientists Weigh in on the Power of the Volcanic Blast

Tonga Volcano Eruption Seen From Space, NASA Scientists Weigh in on the Power of the Volcanic Blast
By now, you have seen the images and video of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano explosion in the Pacific Ocean. Geostationary weather satellites in space captured some of the first images of the eruption. The Himawari-8 satellite operated by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) captured this view directly overhead of the eruption. Satellite based data showed the... Read more »

GOES Satellite Shows New Year's Day Snow From Space

The New Year’s Day 2022 snowfall was the first widespread snowfall event for the area this winter season. Snow totals topped out at just over 6 inches in some areas. But snow in January is nothing new to the area. What is interesting about this event, and others over the years is that the snow... Read more »

Space Stories from My Christmas Tree

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World exhibit is as much a Chicago holiday tradition as it is a celebration of cultural Christmas traditions. Looking at the trees this year, I thought about the stories we tell through the ornaments and decorations we place on our trees. Growing up, decorating our family... Read more »
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NASA and SpaceX are Ready for Lift Off: How to Watch the Launch of Crew-3

NASA and SpaceX are Ready for Lift Off: How to Watch the Launch of Crew-3
After several delays the launch of Crew-3 is scheduled for liftoff tonight, November 10th, 2021. NASA and SpaceX are preparing for a launch no earlier than 8:03 pm CST from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Crew-3 astronauts from left to right: Matthias Maurer, Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron. Photo Credit: NASA NASA... Read more »

NASA Ready to Explore the Trojan Asteroids: How to Watch the NASA Lucy Mission

NASA Ready to Explore the Trojan Asteroids: How to Watch the NASA Lucy Mission
NASA is ready to launch a 12 year mission to the Jupiter Trojan asteroids in order to learn more about the formation of our Solar System. The Lucy spacecraft is set to launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on October 16th, 2021 at 4:34 a.m. CDT.... Read more »

Chicago's Nearby Palos Preserves Named World's Largest Urban Night Sky Place

There is a new urban dark sky place, one of only three total, and it’s the largest in the world. Palos Preserves is just outside the city limits of Chicago, but still Cook County, and officially earned the designation in late August from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). The IDA recognizes dark sky places... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: October 4th, 2021

What's Happening This Week in Space: October 4th, 2021
Today kicks off World Space Week which means there are plenty of online events happening this week in space. Here in Chicago things are a little quieter, but there is still plenty of space to explore. This is your guide to what’s happening this week in space. Space Center Exhibits, Cernan Earth and Space Center,... Read more »

SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission Completes Successful Trip to Space

SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission Completes Successful Trip to Space
After a beautiful launch to orbit and an exciting splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 has successfully completed the first all civilian mission to space. SpaceX sent the crew of Inspiration4 on a three day mission orbiting the Earth, without any professional astronauts to command the mission or pilot the Dragon... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 20, 2021

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 20, 2021
The changing of the season is a great time to get out and observe the night sky. This week join astronomers in and around the city for the chance to learn more about urban astronomy. This is your guide to what’s happening this week in space. Astronomy in the Parks, Steelworkers Park, September 20th, 7-9:30... Read more »
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How to See Inspiration4 Fly Over Chicago at Night

How to See Inspiration4 Fly Over Chicago at Night
When you know where to look and what to look for, you can easily see the spacecraft of Inspiration4 fly over Chicago at night. Despite the presence of bright city lights, the current streak of clear night skies and Dragon’s orbital path means you have a couple chances to spot the spacecraft each night. Crew... Read more »