Rare Mercury Transit Event Captured Live

May 13, 2016

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein
Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein

On May 9th 2016, ADNET scientists and education staff working with over 600 scientists from around the country, the Goddard communications office, and the Goddard Amateur Astronomy Club supported the rare Transit of Mercury. They provided telescope viewing, media interviews, and a social media campaign called “Small Worlds Week.” ADNET web developers successfully live streamed the full transit to the Sun Earth Days/Small Worlds Week website from the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. They also coordinated with the JSOC data center at Stanford University to retrieve near-real time HD images and video from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) that complemented the ground-based observations. This composite image of Mercury’s journey across the sun was created with visible-light images from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager on SDO.

SESDA Heliophysics Education Team visits the White House

October 22, 2015

SESDA 3 at White House Astronomy Night
The SESDA Heliophysics Education team participated in the 2nd White House Astronomy Night on 19 October 2015. The event brought together students, teachers, scientists, astronauts, and members of the public to spend an evening star gazing. Attendees learned about astronomical discoveries and participated in space-related educational activities to help promote the importance of STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers who will explore the stars. SESDA staff gave an invited demonstration of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission Virtual Reality experience to organizers of the event and to senior Administration officials from the Office of Science and Technology and the Office of Management and Budget.