Monthly Archives: June 2015

Supercomputer Shows How an Exoplanet Makes Waves


A new NASA supercomputer simulation shows how an exoplanet makes waves. The simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.

Pluto’s First Close-Up: What will be your #PlutoRXN (reaction)?


The New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and its moons July 13/14, 2015, capturing the first ever close-up images of the Pluto system. The first close-up image of Pluto will be released on July 15. What will the world think the first time we see this image? What will you think? We want to know. Simply tweet the first thought(s) that comes to your mind when you see this first, historic image of Pluto. Won’t see the images until after July 15? No problem! Tweet your thoughts the first time you do see the image, whether it’s July 15 or August 15. When you do tweet your first thought(s), use the hashtag #PlutoRXN. Watch the Twitterfall on the page and read what others are thinking. Be a part of history and let your thoughts on this exciting event be known for generations to come!

SOFIA Science Center Online


Check out the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Center online. There you will find science results, news and updates, images, and more. NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, manages SOFIA’s science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI, University of Stuttgart).

Passing Pluto Special Event at the LPI


Join us at the LPI on Saturday, August 8, for Passing Pluto, a special event for all ages. Learn about solar system exploration and hear about the first close-up pictures of Pluto received from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Hands-on activities will run from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and the presentation begins at 8 pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome.