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Williams College Astronomer’s Photo Left the Solar System

NASA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, that were launched toward Jupiter and Saturn, which they reached in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Voyager 2 went on to Uranus and Neptune, passing Neptune in 1989. Since then, they have continued outward, one even leaving the solar system. Each of the Voyagers contains a golden record that contains 115 photographs, greetings in many languages, and samples of music from Bach to Chuck Berry. The images are encoded in analog form. One of the photographs was taken by Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. Continue reading »

Williams College Expedition Success at Solar Eclipse

"We had complete and total success under exceptionally clear sky," says Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. "All our experiments, with dozens of telescopes and electronic cameras, collected data during the rare two minutes at which we could see and study the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona." Continue reading »