Comet ISON Photo Contest for Amateur Astronomers Launched by National Science Foundation CREDIT: by Megan Gannon, News Editor   |   October 27, 2013 10:29am EST Adam Block took this image of comet ISON using a SBIG STX16803 CCD Camera with a 32-inch Schulman Telescope Schulman Telescope atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter on

    Geocaching is heading towards the International Space Station (ISS). All of geocaching? No, not all of it, but a very special little Travel Bug® named TB5JJN1 is tagging along with Nasa astronaut Rick Mastracchio on his mission to the ISS. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students around the world about

  Team America Rocketry Challenge GO HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT AND ENTER BEFORE NOVEMBER  30th, 2013! The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). It was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time

Outer Space: The new ZIP Code

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 by

Sending a package to outer space isn’t quite as easy as sending it via USPS, UPS or Fed Ex, but it’s getting there.If all goes well this morning, Cygnus, will blast off from Wallops Island, VA to deliver approximately 1500 pounds of gear, food, clothing and a printer to the International Space Station.Crews in space

BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO PROBE HAS GONE BEFORE…Voyager 1 has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space, NASA says. Voyager 1 completed its primary mission in 1989, and then kept on flying toward the edge of the heliosphere, the huge bubble of charged particles and magnetic fields that the sun

Holy Leaping LilyPads!

Thursday, 12 September 2013 by

  Talk about taking a FLYING LEAP! A LEAP OF FAITH! OR LEAP THEN LOOK! Oh my! We’re not sure to laugh or cry on this one (maybe both). This frog gives new meaning to “flying leap,” (or giant leap). This little guy was obviously startled by the ignition of the Minotaur V rocket that

The caterpillar-shaped knot, called IRAS 20324+4057, is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS by Clara Moskowitz, Assistant Managing Editor, The Hubble Space Telescope has captured what scienitsts are

Courtesy:  MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) – A new Russian spaceship for trips to the moon or theInternational Space Station will have at least one crucial advantage over its American rival – a toilet, one of the craft’s developers said Friday. “I don’t think I need to elaborate on how a waste-collection system is much more

Dear Friends of Janet’s Planet: As someone who had the honor to meet and speak with Buzz Aldrin about STEM education and Janet’s Planet last fall, I am encouraging you to vote for him as he competes on “Dancing With The Stars.” Even at 80, his mission is still to encourage the investigation of our

Solar Powered Cooking

Monday, 08 April 2013 by

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s so hot, a person could fry an egg right on the sidewalk?” Well, the students in Mrs. Patricia Peternell’s science class at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School decided to test this theory…sort of. They actually recreated a Janet’s Planet experiment, one channeling solar power in order to

Naming X Competition!

Monday, 25 March 2013 by

Dear Friends of Janet’s Planet! Check out this great competition! Submit before April 15th! Naming X 2010 celebrates the 80th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto and marks the 1st year death anniversary of Venetia Burney Phair, the most influential 11year old in the history of astronomy who, died on 30th April 2009, aged 90.

A Visual Guessing Game

Sunday, 10 March 2013 by

Today’s Space Log post is a bit of a visual challenge. Take a look at the image above and try to guess what you think it is. At first glance, the repeating pattern appears much like that of a honeycomb. The color is kind of grayish brown, like rocks or dirt. Do you think this