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NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program

The NASA SOFIA program is now accepting applications for the Cycle 3 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, placing educators on SOFIA research flights during 2015. This call for applications will end December 22, 2014. Learn more about the application procedures, eligibility, and selection criteria, as well as general information regarding the AAA program and previous cycles of Ambassadors.
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  • The NASA SOFIA program is now accepting applications for the Cycle 3 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, placing educators on SOFIA research flights during 2015. This call for applications will end December 22, 2014. Learn more about the application procedures, eligibility, and selection criteria, as well as general information regarding the AAA program and previous cycles of Ambassadors.

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  • A total solar eclipse visible from your home town is rarer than penguins in Poughkeepsie. If you’re not willing to go to where the eclipse path is, you’ll only experience one of these dramatic cosmic events every four centuries, on average.

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  • Very few of us can play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz. His talent was at the tail end of the bell curve of musical ability – that tiny sliver of the distribution where you find the true outliers. Outliers also exist with natural events: hurricane Katrina, or the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. How do we evaluate both the risks and rewards of such rare events?

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  • The West Antarctic Ice Sheet contains the ice equivalent of 5 meters of sea level and is slowly adding to the rise of global ocean levels. It is now thought that the ice sheet is undergoing irreversible marine ice sheet collapse. This talk will lays out what is happening to West Antarctica at present and what may happen in the future as worldwide temperatures continue to increase.

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  • In this talk, Dr. Stillman demonstrates how observations from the ~25 cm/pixel High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (Hi-Rise) onboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and surface temperature data acquired by three orbital instruments suggest that RSL are caused by subsurface liquid water flows.

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  • NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) announced that the SETI Institute has been selected as a new member of the NAI for a 5-year research program, “Changing Planetary Environments and the Fingerprints of Life.”

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  • How did the universe begin ? This is one of the deepest mysteries in science. Chao-Lin Kuo describes the BICEP program, a series of South Pole-based experiments aiming to answer this question by studying the polarization of cosmic microwave background radiation.

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  • SETI engineer Jon Richards used the Allen Telescope Array to search for telemetry signals from MAVEN and found a transmission at 8446 MHz.

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  • Philosophers have long considered the possibility that we live in an artificial or simulated reality. In this talk, Dr. Beane gives an overview of some of the simulation arguments/scenarios that he personally finds most compelling.

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  • Mark Showalter, an Institute astronomer whose discoveries include faint rings around Jupiter and Uranus, as well as six moons orbiting the outer planets, has finally acquired a solar system object that’s named after him.

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