Did you know? Our library’s catalog is available online to anyone, anywhere.
The library has a new Earth globe. The globe, produced by Sky & Telescope, was created from imaging data from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).
If in Houston, attend the Rice University Observatory Open House on Friday, January 23, from 6 – 9:30 pm. Come early to observe brilliant Venus in the west and the crescent Moon, and maybe even get a glimpse of Mercury. Later in the evening view the Orion Nebula, Comet Lovejoy, Mars, Uranus and other objects. The observatory is on the fourth floor of the Brockman Hall for Physics on the university campus.
The European Space Agency presents an eight-minute video called “Destination: Moon,” an overview of lunar exploration.
Check out the January 2015 Planetary Data System Release of Mars HiRISE images. This release covers orbit ranges 38,800—39,199.
Registration is now open for the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute will present “SETI: Real vs. Reel” on January 29 at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend. Join us at the LPI for this educational and entertaining event.
You can help HiRISE decide what places on Mars will be photographed next. To suggest a new target, create an account on the Public Suggestion website, then login and submit your suggestions. You can also browse the targets already in the database, including those for past HiRISE images.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake has announced its Spring 2015 Physics Lecture Series. A number of professors and researchers will be presenting talks on a variety of topics, many space-related. University credit is available for attending the series, but members of the general public not pursuing credit are welcome to attend at no charge. All lectures take place Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Student Services and Classroom Building.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, the Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation,” three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula. A new image of the famous pillars provides astronomers with a sharper and wider view.