StarDustatHome and Stall Catchers are interactive ways for folks to help scientists analyze the vast amounts of data from their home computers. The software used for the Stall Catchers game, that is part of the EyesOnALZ is based on the StarDustatHome software.
EyesOnALZ is featured as part of the Crowd and Cloud airing tonight on many PBS stations.
COSI is a balloon-borne soft gamma-ray (0.2-10 MeV) telescope designed to study astrophysical sources of nuclear line emission and gamma-ray polarization. NASA successfully launched this super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, (7:35 p.m. EDT Monday, May 16) on a potentially record-breaking, around-the-world test flight.
See the video in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfvMS76whEU
Live trajectory: http://www.csbf.nasa.gov/newzealand/wanaka.htm
A post in the NASA-Wallops-Flight-Facility webpage: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home
COSI official web-page: http://cosi.ssl.berkeley.edu
Kinsey Anderson Post-Doc Travel Award is a program for providing travel funds for post-doctoral researchers at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley has been established in honor of Professor Kinsey Anderson.
Professor Anderson, an early director and guiding figure behind the success of the Space Sciences Laboratory is pictured here.
Please consider making a donation to the fund.
Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 16th, from 12pm-5pm, the one day each year that UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 15 minutes from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to SSL. Activities include walking tours of UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab, tech talks and general talks, a career panel on cool jobs in space science, and hands-on activities for all ages! Below is a list of our planned activities.
Walking Tours (12:00 pm – 4:20 pm) See UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab. Learn about the illustrious NASA missions, current and past, that Space Sciences had a hand in, visit our 60′ high bay, the cosmochemistry laboratories that analyzed lunar samples, a clean room where a Hubble instrument was built. Tours start at 12 am and leave every 20 minutes to 4:20pm. Last tour 4:20 p.m.
Learn about UV rays, make an origami Sun, play Solar Jeopardy, design your own planet to be loaded on the Magic Planet, look through a solar telescope. Many activities are specifically for children ages 6-12. Explore the world of science with your Passport to Science@Cal! At each of your destinations, your passport will get a fun stamp or sticker to show where your travels have taken you.
TECH TALKS – ADVANCED, HIGH LEVEL CONTENT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Imaging With Neutrons: Can You See a Flower Through a Granite Wall? – Dr. Anton Tremsin CANCELLED
Neutron detection technology developed for NASA astrophysical missions at Space Sciences Laboratory can reveal processes happening inside and behind thick objects–where an organic object is opaque and many metals can be easily penetrated. New data from these non-destructive studies will be presented.
1:00 pm – 02:00 pm NASA’s ICON Mission – Dr. Scott England
Berkeley’s newest space mission, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will explore the boundary region between Earth and space where ionized plasma collides and reacts with our atmosphere. Come learn more about this exciting mission set to launch in 2017.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Missions OperatioMAVENns Center and Satellite Dish –
Dr. Manfred Bester NEW: Bryce Roberts
The Berkeley MOC serves as the satellite-control and data archiving facility for a number of different NASA missions and was designed to support multiple spacecraft operations. Hear about the science behind these missions and the history of our 36′ satellite-tracking antenna dish.
ONGOING – Silver Lobby – From Lab to Launchpad – Chris Scholz
Come see a slideshow of Berkeley’s NASA missions as they are built, tested, shipped and prepared for launch. Featured is MAVEN, our latest mission to Mars. (will not be there from 1-2pm)
GENERAL TALKS / PANELS – INFORMATIONAL FOR ALL
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Report about LIGO and Gravitational Waves – Dr. Harald Frey
Reports about the first measurement of gravitational waves made news headlines in February of this year. The main points of the General Theory of Relativity and Gravitational Waves will be explained to a general audience together with a discussion of the importance and implications of these very first measurements.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Cool Careers in Space Science – panel discussion
Join a one-hour round table discussion at the Space Sciences Laboratory to hear students, scientists, and others share the varied paths they have taken to arrive at working in space science careers. Moderater: Ruth Paglierani, Panelists: Dr. Darcy Barron, Nicole Duncan, Dr. Matt Fillingim, & Chris Scholz
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Red Planet Facts – All about Mars – Dr. Matt Fillingim
Think you know all about our neighboring planet? This family-friendly talk will explain what makes Mars so interesting and how Berkeley was involved in NASA’s recent mission MAVEN.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cultural Expressions of the Sun – Dr. Bryan Mendez
The Sun has a powerful influence over life on Earth and is incorporated deeply into every human culture in both obvious and subtle ways. This family-friendly presentation will examine how peoples around the world and throughout time have expressed their ideas about the Sun in everything from agriculture, art, and literature to architecture, religion, and science.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Antarctica and Space! – Dr. Kees Welten, Nicole Duncan
What can the coldest place on Earth tell us about space science? A lot, actually! From ice-core samples that tell us about the ancient Sun, to recent balloon missions that just launched. Come hear about how Berkeley missions has ties to the South Pole.
Visit Our Neighbor: Lawrence Hall of Science
See how the Hall is inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and designers. Have your Science@Cal passport stamped as you explore the wonderful world of science. Join free Planetarium presentations, design your own nano creations, and explore real-time datasets on Science On a Sphere. For more information, visit the Hall’s Cal Day page [link to: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/events/cal_day_at_the_hall]
“Zebra Stripes in Outer Space”:
Long-standing mystery of radiation belt signature explained
In an article recently accepted in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Dr. Solène Lejosne, post-doctoral fellow at the UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory and Pr. Juan G. Roederer, Professor Emeritus from the Geophysical Institute of Alaska, propose a new theory to explain a feature of the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belt particles that has defied satisfactory explanation for half a century.
This feature has been given the name “zebra stripes” by space physicists because it shows up as a zebra-like pattern in energy spectrograms, Continue reading
A program for providing travel funds for post-doctoral researchers at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley has been established in honor of Professor Kinsey Anderson, a guiding figure behind the establishment and early growth of the Space Sciences Laboratory. Read more.
Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 18th, from 11am-5pm, the one day each year that UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 15 minutes from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to SSL. Activities include walking tours of UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab, as well as talks on topics such as space weather, teens doing art-science mashups, a career panel on cool jobs in space science, and hands-on activities for all ages! Get your Science@Cal Passports here, with activities for children 5 and up.
For more information, go to the Events page on this website!
Visit Our Neighbor: Lawrence Hall of Science
See how the Hall is inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and designers. Have your Science@Cal passport stamped as you explore the wonderful world of science. Join free Planetarium presentations, design your own nano creations, and explore real-time datasets on Science On a Sphere. For more information, visit the Hall’s Cal Day page [link to: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/events/cal_day]