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Star Letters 007: A Feast Of Space For The Untrained Eye

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…the sky.

But don’t worry, it’s not boring and unexciting.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  We could go on and on about the wonders of space and the universe (which we often do), but we want to focus on how to see the cosmos as clear as possible.  

Also, according to SciFi movies seemed to have failed us in terms of when we will find aliens (or when they will find us).  So…will we ever find out if we are alone in the universe, or is this one big mind game? 

This week NASA has released photos of Earth’s magnetic field.  You probably need to grab a pair of 3D glasses because these are some trippy views!


Follow These Tips To See The Stars As Clear As…Day

“Whether Nat Geo Explorer Munazza Alam travels to a sacred summit in Hawaii or the parched plateaus of Chile, her goal is the same: to seek clarity amid the cosmic mysteries of the night sky. As a graduate student in astronomy and astrophysics at Harvard University, she focuses on exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life. Try her tips for better stargazing.

Read: National Geographic


Image Credit: Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic


Are Science Fiction Movies Failing Us?

“In the spring of 1964 the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was very worried. NASA was about to fly the Mariner 4 space probe past Mars.

At the time he was deep in development of a blockbuster film about the discovery of alien intelligence. Word was that MGM had bet their studio on the film. What if Mariner discovered life on Mars and scooped them?”

Read: New York Times


Image Credit: LIFE Picture Collection, Getty Images


These Magnetic Force Field Pictures Will Pull You In

Earth is a giant magnet, and the field that surrounds it, called the magnetosphere, is one of the major reasons life on our planet has been able to flourish.

But despite its crucial role in warding off cosmic radiation and atmospheric loss, there’s a lot we don’t know about the magnetosphere. That’s why in March 2015, NASA launched the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS), a fleet of four spacecraft, to study its secrets.”

Read: Motherboard 


Image Credit: NASA


SpaceX Ushers Bangladesh into the Future

“The southern coast of Bangladesh is lined with a torrent of rivers that empty into the Bay of Bengal. This is where a majority of the countries 250 million people live and the density of the population is extreme. For years, the fledgling nation has been crippled by widespread poverty caused by lack of natural resources and an eroding education system.

Read: Star Letters


Image Credit: Bangladesh


Until next week, friends!

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