DeKALB – People will be able to view starry skies with members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road – provided large clouds don't get in the way. Stargazers will learn about celestial objects such as planets, star clusters and nebulae, said John Schwartz, social programs and membership director for NSA. He said some observer highlights anticipated for Saturday evening are Jupiter and its moons, along with galaxies in the Leo and Virgo clusters. "They're quite spectacular and beautiful to view," Schwartz said. "People like those." Schwartz said the club tries to host events like this twice a year during the spring and fall seasons, so the weather is comfortable for viewers to attend the outdoor event. Regardless of season, however, "There are always things to look at in the sky," he said. Schwartz said between 20 and 40 people usually come to the events, which includes larger groups such Boy or Girl Scout … [Read more...] about Public stargazing event Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb
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DeKALB – People will be able to view starry skies with members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road – provided large clouds don't get in the way. Star-gazers will learn about celestial objects like planets, star clusters and nebulae, John Schwartz, social programs and membership director for NSA, said. He said some observer highlights anticipated for Saturday evening are Jupiter and its moons, along with galaxies in the Leo and Virgo clusters. "They're quite spectacular and beautiful to view," Schwartz said. "People like those." Schwartz said the club tries to host events like these twice per year during the spring and fall seasons, just so it's comfortable for viewers to come to the outdoor event. Regardless of season, though, "there are always things to look at in the sky," he said. Schwartz said between 20 and 40 people usually come to the events, which has included larger groups like Boy or Girl … [Read more...] about Public star-gazing event Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve
A high-stakes debate is taking place about how to create a sustainable low-carbon future in which global warming stays well below 2°C. This year’s UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn accelerates the process ignited by 2015’s groundbreaking Paris Agreement. Climate change action — once the domain of scientists — is shaping up through politics. Developing local and national policies to address the earth’s new reality means looking to historic and short-term information and projecting future trends in everything from heat waves to air quality. In the age of big data, fact gathering and number crunching — along with sophisticated simulations — are key. In such a scientifically complex area, expertise and real-world context can guide decision-makers towards visionary solutions. Advanced Satellite Tech Amassing petabytes of information that paints an accurate picture of the planet is no small task, and requires major global cooperation. … [Read more...] about How can Earth’s big data shape our future?
NASA has been recording the ebb and flow of life on our planet, year after year, for the past two decades. The space agency has sped the footage up to create a remarkable timelapse that shows, over the course of a couple of minutes, just how much things have changed on Earth . The most striking detail is the receding polar ice caps as a result of climate change, but it also shows changing heat patterns of the oceans and the encroaching greenery on places that used to be too cold for it. “These are incredibly evocative visualisations of our living planet,” said Gene Carl Feldman, a NASA oceanographer. “That is it breathing every single day, changing with the seasons, responding to the Sun, to the changing winds, ocean currents and temperatures.” As well as making an impressive video, the data is constantly being monitored by climate scientists who will use the satellite imagery to try and predict things like crop harvests, deforestation or the continuing … [Read more...] about NASA’s stunning timelapse video captures 20 years of life on Earth
STRUGGLING for some inspiration on where to go on holiday next year?Lonely Planet has revealed their top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations to visit in 2018.While Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country in the prestigious annual predictions, Belfast was named the top region to visit next year.Meanwhile, Seville receives the accolade of number one city in the world to visit next year, followed by Detroit and Australia’s often-overlookedTallinn, Estonia has been crowned Lonely Planet’s best value destination of 2018, closely followed by Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and Arizona in the USA - read on to find out more...Best countries to travel to in 2018 1 ChileThe book says: Chile is a sinewy sliver of a nation, isolated from the rest of South America (and indeed the world) by the soaring Andes to the east, the vast Pacific Ocean to the west, the bone-dry Atacama Desert up north and the impenetrable wilds of Patagonia down south.From its … [Read more...] about Lonely Planet reveals their top travel picks for 2018 – and BELFAST tops the list of must-see regions