Astronomy

Health & Science
12:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

What It Takes To Land On A Comet

Photo taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera.
Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

It was big news last week when the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet. 

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Health & Science
1:09 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

On The Ground With Jim Locke, NASA Flight Surgeon

International Space Station
Credit NASA

The Rosetta mission - the first probe ever to land on the surface of a comet - had no people aboard.  

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Health & Science
11:42 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Exploring Mars For A Half-Century

A computer-generated image of Mars from real data.
Credit NASA/JPL/MSSS

There was much excitement in India yesterday when that country’s first effort to send an orbiter to Mars succeeded. 

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Health & Science
4:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Another Galaxy is Visible This Time of Year

Dr. Jean Creighton describes what we can see in the night sky this time of year.
Credit Ryan Wick, flickr

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton joined us to talk about what stars and constellations are visible to us in the night sky this month. 

"It’s going too fast and the isotope ratios are different; this one came from elsewhere," says Creighton. "That means that you can look up at a really bright star. Arcturus is really bright, and pretty, and you’re looking at a piece of another galaxy."

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1:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Marking the Summer Solstice with Astronomy Contributor Jean Creighton

Saturday the 21st of June marks this years Summer Solstice.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

After a long winter of what felt like Wisconsin’s own “Polar Vortex,” it’s time to escape from under our roofs and enjoy the longest day of the year. 

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

How Astronomers Conduct Research

Astronomers who stay Earth-bound use telescopes to collect data of objects in space. Here is a telescope at the George Observatory. home to the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope.
Credit Bill Jacobus, flickr

When the whole universe is out there to explore, how do astronomers decide what questions they want to ask?

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3:48 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Milwaukee Astronomer Will Fly High into Stratosphere Aboard NASA Aircraft

NASA's SOFIA aircraft will take two Milwaukee educators and others into the stratosphere to collect data on the universe using a special infrared telescope.
Credit NASA/Carla Thomas

A Milwaukee astronomer is about to take the trip of a lifetime, traveling 45,000 feet into the sky aboard a NASA aircraft.

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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

2013's Top 5 Astronomical Stories

Curiosity is testing rock samples on Mars.
NASA

Throughout 2013, Dr. Jean Creighton kept her eye on astronomical news. From a fireball in Russia to the Kepler Telescope, Creighton highlights her top five stories of the year.

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3:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

What Happened to All Those Moon Rocks?

The crater Daedelus is on the far side of the Earth's moon. This image was taken by Apollo 11.
Credit NASA

The Apollo moon missions (11 through 17, minus the infamous 13) collected more than 800 pounds of moon rock. But whatever happened to those samples?

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2:44 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Pluto Has Five Moons? And More Facts You Didn't Know About the Former Planet

The Pluto system
Credit NASA

Even though it's no longer considered a planet, Pluto still excites the imagination as it skims the outer reaches of our solar system.

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