Mark your calendars for this Wednesday evening, March 19, at 7:30 pm EDT. That's the start of the live stream of the 2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate. Hosted and moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planeterium, the live event is sold out, but you watch it right here on Kinja.
After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds with the help of a special starlight-blocking device, called a coronagraph, built at the American Museum of Natural History.
The entire universe was once hotter than the surface of the Sun. What became of the light emitted by that hot universe?
After offering a unique show to sky-watchers, Comet ISON will come just 750,000 miles from the Sun this Thursday, November 28—its perihelion, or closest approach to the Sun.
If you've lived in or visited the New York metro area in the past 30 years chances are you've gotten your weather report from Joe Rao. Currently a meteorologist on News12 Westchester, Rao is also a longtime presenter at the Museum's Hayden Planetarium, where he was first captivated by astronomy as a boy.
On December 7, 1995, a crowd gathered in an auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, waiting for an event that had been years in the making. At 8:04 pm PST, a stout, 4-foot (1.25 meter)-wide, wok-shaped robotic probe, which had been released from the unmanned Galileo spacecraft five…
One of the scenes in the new Space Show, Dark Universe takes viewers along for a 106,000 mile-an-hour descent into Jupiter’s atmosphere with the Galileo probe—an action-packed visualization created by scientists and artists working closely to make sure that every detail, from the probe’s rotation speed to the color of…
How do you see and understand that of which you are only an infinitesimal part?
In today’s peek into the archives, Museum artist Robert Kane works on a mural of the Moon in the original Hayden Planetarium. Craters and mountain peaks appear three-dimensional, as if the observer has just stepped on to the lunar surface. Once finished, the mural was lit by black light, conveying the effect of…
Asteroids orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. But near-Earth asteroids come much closer to our planet. Major collisions are exceedingly rare, but there are about a million near-Earth asteroids that are large enough to substantially damage or destroy a major city.
There are about a million near-Earth asteroids that are large enough to damage or destroy a major city, as evidenced by the explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, this past February of a meteor that injured more than 1,000 people. This month, Ukrainian astronomers detected a 1,350-foot-wide asteroid that made a close…
In 1955, the “most notable event of the year” at the Hayden Planetarium was the opening of the Viking Rocket exhibition.
In the last century, we've learned that the universe is expanding. Dark energy, which accounts for about 70 percent of the stuff in the universe, is the mysterious phenomenon accelerating this expansion.
When the Hayden Planetarium first opened in October 1935 at the American Museum of Natural History, it was only the fourth planetarium in the United States. Inside the 75-foot dome, many New Yorkers saw, for the first time, all of the stars visible to the unaided eye, as well as the Sun, Moon, planets, and our spiral…
What's almost as good as snapping a photo with Dark Universe narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson? Taking one with a life-size cut-out.
There’s a method to the sparkle in the Hayden Planetarium Dome. Each of the approximately 4000 bright specks projected onto the Dome to visualize the night sky is backed by hard data collected by NASA and dozens of other organizations around the globe.