This diagram shows our cosmic address at a glance. We see our planetary system around the Sun, our stellar neighborhood in our galaxy, our galaxy in the local group of galaxies, and our group in the entire universe.
On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became America’s first woman in space. When she left Earth’s atmosphere on the space shuttle Challenger, she built her legacy as the youngest astronaut and the first woman to enter space, and yet she was famously private.
In this podcast, join award-winning author and journalist Lynn Sherr for a lecture bringing detail and color to the life of Sally Ride. Drawing on her thirty year friendship with Ride and exclusive access to Ride’s papers and closest confidants, Sherr brings to vivid life this extraordinarily gifted, daring, and complex woman.
In the Scales of the Universe walkway in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hayden Sphere serves as a scale of reference for exploring the relative sizes of objects and our place in space. For example, if the Hayden sphere - 26.5 meters (87 feet) in diameter - were the size of the Sun, then Jupiter would be 2.7 meters (9 feet) across, while earth would would be a mere 24 centimeters (9.5 inches) in diameter!
thecreatorsproject, a group that celebrates artists who are using technology in innovative ways, got an in-depth look into the making of the new Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe. Their video features the team behind Dark Universe and details how they produced the stunning (and scientifically accurate) visualizations of our universe. Check it out!
Watch the full 2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Space exploration is entering a new era. Dozens of aerospace companies have emerged in recent years, all with the goal of commercializing space as never before. From serving NASA’s cargo needs to sending tourists on space vacations to mining asteroids for profit, this next generation of entrepreneurs, and not NASA, may be the ones who transform space into our backyard, possibly creating the first-ever trillionaires.
Wondering what this week’s breaking story about the Big Bang theory means for our knowledge of the universe? Or why you’re suddenly reading about “inflation” in a story about astrophysics? And just what are “cosmic ripples”?
Astrophysicist Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, who curated the Museum’s new Space Show Dark Universe, helped us break down the headlines.
An advanced telescopic imaging system enabled this year is the first of its kind capable of not only spotting planets orbiting other stars, but also analyzing the chemistry of their atmospheres.
In this podcast, join Museum curator and Chair of the Astrophysics Department Ben R. Oppenheimer as he discusses the system, known as Project 1640, and its implications for astrophysics and the future of remote space exploration.