Weekly Space Hangout: April 20, 2022 — How to Access and Use Survey Data with NASA’s Kevin Gill

Let’s face it – there isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t gazed at myriad stunning astronomy images that are readily available on the web. Whether it’s Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Saturn’s gorgeous rings, desolate Martian landscapes, or a spectacular deep sky object, the “raw material” behind each of these beauties is often publicly available data collected by survey missions. But how exactly does a long string of seemingly random “ones and zeros” get transformed into such amazing visual imagery? Tonight, Kevin Gill, the image processing “magician”, is with us to give us an introduction into how to access the public archives as well as how to process their data. Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: March 30, 2022: Searching for Skylab, “America’s Forgotten Triumph” with Director Dwight Steven-Boniecki

This week we are airing Fraser’s pre-recorded interview with award-winning author, and documentary director Dwight Steven-Boniecki. Dwight is the director of a film called Searching For Skylab – a largely forgotten story that tells the story of the space station that preceded the ISS. The documentary features never-before-seen footage revealing incredible feats of science and technology achieved by the space station and NASA astronauts. While Skylab is perhaps best remembered for its spectacular crash into the Australian desert in the summer of 1979, the missions themselves provided the scientific community with invaluable information about our planet, the sun, space, and the universe itself. Read More