Hubble and Me and You

Hubble and Me and You

I barely scratched the surface of what the Hubble Space Telescope has achieved this quarter century, and yet somehow I have found myself in a position to where I make the majority of my income sharing the profound stories of science, exploration, collaboration and innovation that this remarkable observatory has taken on.

VSP Photo Contest Winners

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In the second week of May, we at the Virtual Star Party on Google+ decided to hold a contest. Every week, we have a live show where we connect telescopes to cameras from across the world and stream their views live into a Google+ Hangout On Air. While this is happening, however, many other astronomers have started adding their photos into the Event, sharing their still images while we’re live. Because of this fantastic amount of interaction and engagement with our audience, we went forward with a photo contest, where the winners would have their astrophotography featured on the banners, icons and various graphics we use on the show and social media outlets. The response was nothing short of breathtaking. There were about 120 entries submitted in total. Men and Women from across the world joined in by looking up into the Cosmos, capturing those moments, then shared them with the rest of us in the contest. Various types of optics were used, from 14″ Newtonian telescopes to 135mm camera lenses to binoculars. This doesn’t even include the different cameras used! Modified DSLR cameras pitted against dedicated telescope detectors with some iPhone shots thrown into the mix as well! At the end of the day, I was left with the overwhelming task of being the judge of this contest. It wasn’t easy, to say the least. There were no precise criteria that were taken into consideration, except that it needed to be their own work with the details of the object, optics and detector used to capture the image. All sorts of different objects were submitted: Moon, Nebulae, Galaxies,...

deSTEMber on Google+

The twelfth month of the year is deSTEMber! Over at one of my favorite places on the internet, Google+, we’re celebrating the month of December in style! deSTEMber has been an initiative of GirlStart, out of Austin, TX to engage, celebrate and fascinate everyone in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In 2012, GirlStart partnered with Google Science Fair to spearhead a campaign over at Google+, bringing another layer of fascinating content for all to enjoy and participate in! It’s not only GirlStart and Google Science fair that’s involved, either. CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American, The San Diego Zoo,, and CosmoQuest have partnered up with this amazing way of reaching out to the public to get everyone excited about STEM via Google+! Fascinating Hangouts On Air are being held the entire month and will be archived here, as well as the GirlStart website on their calendar. To access the recordings of the previous broadcasts, head on up to the menu for deSTEMber and click away!   deSTEMber Partners: GirlStart: (Official Site) (+GirlStart) Google Science Fair: (Official Site) (+GoogleScienceFair) (Official Site) (+Accuweather) AdaFruit: (Official Site) (+AdaFruit) CERN: (Official Site) (+CERN) CosmoQuest: (Official Site) (+CosmoQuest) National Geographic: (Official Site) (+NatGeo) San Diego Zoo: (Official Site) (+SanDiegoZoo) Scientific American: (Official Site) (+ScientificAmerican) Science Sunday: +ScienceSunday STEM Women on Google++STEM Women on...

San Diego Zoo: Boa Constrictor Hangout

“This December, Girlstart and Google Science Fair are celebrating the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with a series of Hangouts on Air–and we’re taking part! For our first DeSTEMber hangout, we’re focusing on the importance of all animals–including snakes. You may think snakes are scary, but we really need them on our planet. Join San Diego Zoo Global Ambassador +Rick Schwartz and his eight-foot boa constrictor friend to learn how snakes have adapted to survive with no arms or legs, and why snakes are very important to the ecosystems that they are native to. Photo by Nathan Rupert (”   Quote taken from the Google Event Page created by San Diego...