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Bringing Astrophysics to YouTube: An Interview with Jessica Few

Earlier this year, Blueshift contributor Koji Mukai sent us a link to a series of astronomy videos produced by Jessica Few, a student at Durham University in the UK. We loved the videos, and knew we wanted to share them… and find out a bit more about Jessica and her … Continue Reading →


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Want to be a Beta-tester for NASA?

The James Webb Space Telescope public website is undergoing an update. We’ve incorporated some new widgets to allow the viewer to explore the content on the website right on the homepage. But we also want to see how easy it is to locate specific information from these widgets. We’re looking … Continue Reading →


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Reminder: Show Us Your Space Costumes!

Just a reminder now that we’re past Halloween… if you dressed up in a space or astronomy-themed costume, please share your photos with us! To get you inspired, here is how Dirk Schoellner’s kids, Brian and Eric, looked on Halloween, all dressed up for Trick-or-treating, as Dr. Von Braun and … Continue Reading →


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Giant Space Bubbles

There’s a lot of things we know now about the Milky Way that we didn’t know even a few years ago. When I was in college, for example, there was debate over whether our galaxy was a barred spiral or not. Now we know that our galaxy does indeed have … Continue Reading →


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Spooky Astronomy, part 4

It’s one of my favorites times of year – the Halloween season! And with Halloween comes our annual Spooky Astronomy post. This time I’ve been saving images up all year, so hopefully you’ll see something new! A grinning one-eyed skull? Actually a complex planetary nebula around a dying star. Credit: … Continue Reading →


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Can You Hear a Black Hole?

Recently I came across this story – this ten year old story – on Tumblr. Sept. 9, 2003: Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found, for the first time, sound waves from a supermassive black hole. The “note” is the deepest ever detected from any object in our Universe. … Continue Reading →


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SpaceCrafts: Build your own JWST costume!

For the past couple of years, we’ve run a Halloween costume contest – and we’ve seen some pretty amazing costumes! We also occasionally get a peek at costumes (in-progress and finished) on Twitter or Facebook… and when the Schoellner family tweeted a shot of their JWST costume, we knew we … Continue Reading →


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Why infrared? (exoplanet edition)

I’m not sure I’ve yet to meet a person who didn’t find the idea of planets around other stars fascinating. I’m no different. I grew up in an era where the only planets we knew about were the ones in our own solar system. When I went to college to … Continue Reading →


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Show us your space-themed costumes!

Unfortunately we’re not able to host our annual Halloween costume contest this year… but we still want to see your NASA/space/astronomy-themed costumes! We’ve set up a Flickr group that you can add your costumes to: add your photos here! We’d love to feature some of them in an upcoming blog … Continue Reading →


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Special Guest Blog: Stunning Webb Model Transforms at NASA, Student Engineers Behind the Controls

We have a guest blogger today! Laura Betz, a writer for the James Webb Space Telescope, wrote this article for us about the student-built 1/6 scale engineering model of JWST that was recently demoed at NASA Goddard. There are some moments of my life that I will never forget. Watching … Continue Reading →


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