Live Captioning Information

  1. Throughout Astronomy Days 2022, live captioning will be provided for all programs, with the exception of videos and movies.
  2. ASL interpreters are available upon request, please contact accessibility@naturalsciences.org at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program.
  3. Spanish captioning will be available on the NCMNS YouTube channel for all archived Astronomy Days 2022 programs.

MONDAY Jan 24th

A spiral drawn in space

Before Earth was teaming with life, Mars had flowing rivers and a likely ocean, and Venus, now a searing hothouse, could once have had liquid water and supported life. This program will fly you through the universe with new data-driven software called OpenSpace.

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Different fictional time machines in space

Learn how astronomers use space, time, and the Universe to peer deep into the past and piece together a history of everything.

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Women in long dresses holding hands

There are a number of relatively unknown women who made significant discoveries in astronomy in the first part of the 20th century. This is the story of some of these early female scientists, their struggles, and their achievements.

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Different colors of pencils forming a star shape

Grab a pencil and paper and come design your own planet. We'll talk about rings, moons and more!

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TUESDAY Jan 25th

a far out view of the solar system

NASA's JPL has a new "Eyes" for all of us to enjoy. EYES ON ASTEROIDS. Together with versions for our Solar System, near Earth space, and alien planets, you can investigate almost anything in space in scale and real time.

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The milky way galaxy

From simple backyard astronomy (no telescope needed!) to virtual events and activities, join us to learn about how to discover the wonders of space from home.

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Lots of people in front of a rocket

At the High-Powered Rocketry Club we design, build, and launch our own high-powered rockets. We will be talking about what we do in order to ensure our rockets launch safely, as well as what can happen when things go wrong.

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WEDNESDAY Jan 26th

An artist's concept of JWST

How the Webb Space Telescope will "fly" in space using weird "gravity surfing", and how it will see things people and our "normal" telescopes can't.

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A space shuttle on the launchpad

A review of 2021, a banner year in human spaceflight, and how it is shaping up for the coming decade. SpaceX is leading the way to a new golden era of human spaceflight and is poised to change the dynamics of HSF with their new Starship.

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Jupiter and its four planet-size moons, called the Galilean satellites, were photographed in early March 1979 by Voyager 1 and assembled into this collage. They are not to scale but are in their relative positions. Credit: NASA/JPL.

The Europa Clipper is designated for a launch in 2023. Find out what NASA's looking for, and how the question; "Is there life on Europa?" will be answered.

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an image of a highway between planets

Space is enormous, spaceflight is difficult, and planets are (relatively) tiny. How do we manage to get space missions to go where we want them to go? This presentation goes over some of the basics of spaceflight and how we manage to get around.

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THURSDAY Jan 27th

An image on an atom over a galaxy

How many stars are there? How small is an atom? When did our solar system form? This presentation will reveal some surprising ways to visualize the huge range of numbers we encounter in astronomy and astrophysics.

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The planet Venus

Have you ever seen two perfectly matched siblings who looked compatible but one was just right and the other was not so nice? Well, the same holds true for Earth and Venus! We will review the similarities between Earth and Venus and will reveal why one is just right and the other is just a hot mess.

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a launch pad

A review of major events in astronomy and spaceflight over 2021 and how they might impact coming events in 2022.

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Curiosity on Mars' surface

The Curiosity Rover has been Roving Mars for almost 10 years. Curiosity has recently uncovered more interesting organic molecules, and continues to unravel the history of water on Mars, as it continues its ascent of Mount Sharp.

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A close up of Mars

In this presentation, we will cover the history of all the Mars Exploration Missions that Earth has attempted to send to the Red Planet from the 1960s to the present day. We will also provide a closer look into the missions Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner, Spirit & Opportunity and Curiosity.

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FRIDAY Jan 28th

A rocket flying through the sky

There are more options than ever before to launch payloads into space, with SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and others in the United States, and Ariane, Soyuz and more in Europe plus new options for space tourists. We'll talk about what sets each apart and how users choose among the options.

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A skeleton and a rock

NASA has recently launched a new mission, Lucy, that will go to a never before explored population of "fossils" of our early Solar System. Learn more about how Lucy will explore our solar system, and what cool things Lucy is set out to find!

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A shuttle on the launch pad

A review of the exciting things going on in the world of commercial space in 2021. We'll look at SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing, and the rest, and see whether they had good or bad years.

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InSight on the surface of Mars

The InSight Lander touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018. Hear about what we have learned, the data we have collected, and what InSight is working on now.

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Astronauts standing on the Moon's surface

NASA plans to return to the Moon! Project Artemis is set to take us, this time to stay. But what's the plan? Why are we going back, and what do we hope to do while we're there? Please stay after the presentation to hear original poems written during the program by poets from Living Poetry!

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SATURDAY Jan 29th

A cartoon alien and spaceship

Join UNC physics and astronomy undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about the Universe and what it's like to study it! Come with questions!

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a male astronaut in an orange jumpsuit

Human explorers reached the Moon 50 years ago. At the time it seemed like we might get to Mars soon after. Why haven't we done it yet?

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A spacecraft near a sun and planets

We will showcase the latest exoplanet discoveries from our Kepler and Tess missions, and look toward what the newly launched James Webb Space Telescope can do to "amp-up" both our discovery of new worlds and identification of worlds favorable to life as we know it.

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A person standing in front of JWST in the Lab

The James Webb Space Telescope launched on Christmas Day 2021 and has been on a million mile journey to its home for the next decade (or more!). Dr. Stephanie Milam will discuss the details of the complex space telescope and some of the anticipated science and discoveries to be made over the next year.

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Two people sitting by a campfire

Dust grains formed in many previous generations of stars contributed to the starting materials from which our solar system formed. Laboratory analyses of those stardust grains provide us insight into the building blocks of planets and origin(s) of bio-essential elements.

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Telescope image of stars

The Milky Way's central black hole was discovered by analyzing the motions of stars in the Galactic center. Yet, how those stars could form so close to a black hole has remained a mystery.

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BRUIE under the ice

Learn about the BRUIE engineering prototype that is being developed for possible exploration of the oceans under the ice of Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa. See photos and videos of BRUIE in action in engineering tests on Earth.

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Text says: Trivia Astronomy Days Edition with an image of the earth with the sun rising behind it

Join the Museum and SAS for a super-fun, rapid-fire Astronomy Trivia game! Test your knowledge of today's Astronomy Days programs and be declared the best in the solar system! The prize for the winner is a free Astronomy Days T-shirt!

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SUNDAY Jan 30st

An observatory under the milky way

New technologies in outdoor lighting and Internet satellites are posing threats to our dark and starry skies. Light pollution basics and these new problems will be discussed.

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Nebula meteorite

Dr. Ryan Ogliore will talk about the first five million years of the Solar System's lifetime, including the tools that scientists have used to learn about these early days. Ogliore will talk about how this knowledge can be applied to other planetary systems in our Galaxy, and the threat posed by asteroid and comet impacts in the future.

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Illustration of two people in the forest looking at the sky.

With the help of planetarium software, we’ll tour the North Carolina night sky and identify planets and stars you can see with just your unaided eye on the next clear night.

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JWST in Space

NASA's new JWST is a marvel of engineering with a mission to look deeper back in time than ever before. Come see how it works and what it will be looking at, and Dr. Emmart will take requests on targets you would like to see!

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a broken phone in space

Are we alone in the Universe? Is there really anybody out there? If so, why isn't anyone returning any our calls? If you've had these questions you're not alone and there just might be a lot of other people like yourself. Come explore the possibilities of life in our galaxy!

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A series of dragonfly spacecrafts

Jeff Qualls will describe the Dragonfly drone mission to study Titan and provide any recent updates. Dr. Jani Radebaugh, who is a member of the science team, will join him via Zoom to give her insights into the developing mission.

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Legos with a lego astronaut

Show us your LEGO spacecraft creations! In this informal show-and-tell session, we will show off our LEGO creations and tell each other their stories. Feel free to join and see the engineering marvels, even if you have not built your own model. Official models and fanciful creations are all welcome!

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