The Voyager 1 spacecraft has officially reached interstellar space. After making the first close passages of Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 has been traveling through the outer Solar System for over 36 years, and has finally passed beyond the edge.
Have you ever wanted to visit Mars? Many different types of missions to the Red Planet are currently being considered, and volunteers might be needed to man these missions. Tune in to learn how your next vacation could become otherworldly!
Learn even more about how to help astronomers sift through huge amounts of data to make truly amazing discoveries! SETI@Home and The Milky Way Project are just two of the projects you can get involved in as a citizen scientist.
The Kepler space telescope has officially ended its planet-hunting mission. But don’t despair, Kepler has discovered 167 confirmed extrasolar planets and another 3,568 planet candidates are waiting to be confirmed.
A ‘new’ star appeared in the constellation Delphinus the Dolphin in late August. Called a nova, this surprise event is caused by a runaway nuclear explosion on the surface of a nearby white dwarf star, and happened to be visible to the naked eye for several days.
Summer is here and it is one of the best times of the year to get outside and see the night time sky! Astronomers at UW Madison offer several programs for the public to get involved in night time viewing, including the Universe in the Park program and at the Washburn Observatory. Listen now!