ELMO will get you super excited about the @NASA_Orion test flight on Thursday!!! @SPACEdotcom


Check out this awesome SPACE.com exclusive interview with ELMO about the Orion Spacecraft test flight! Launching this Thursday!! I think CauseScience is as excited as Elmo!! You should be too!!

Space.com’s @TariqJMalik and NASA’s @Astro_Ricky talk to the furry little sesame street character about the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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NASA video: Jupiter’s Moon Europa is an Ocean World!! #science

More info on Jupiter’s moon Europa here at NASA or here at Space.com, including a super cool infographic!!

Europa: Ocean World
Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions.

How much #science do you know about black holes? Quiz from @SPACEdotcom

Space.com has a great 9 question quiz to test your knowledge of black holes. I scored a 3 out of 9… apparently I need to read up on black hole science. Give the quiz a try! Feel free to share your results in the comments to show how much more you know than me!

Stargazing this week? Jupiter and Venus have a date in the sky #conjunction #science

If you are willing to get up extra early this week, you can catch Jupiter and Venus getting flirty and close together in the early-morning sky. This meeting of the 2 planets, also known as a conjuction, occurs in pairs with 10 months separating the conjunctions Joe Rao for Space.com tells us more:

The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning (Aug. 18), and it’s just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.

This entire week is an exceptional time for predawn skywatchers to see the stunning sight of Venus and Jupiter together in the sky. The best time to see the two planets about 45 minutes before sunrise, when they will be visible low on the east-northeast horizon.

And if you are willing to wait until Saturday you’ll see even more!

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the gap between Venus and Jupiter will have widened to 5 degrees (roughly the separation between the two pointer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper). On that night a narrow crescent moon will join the two planets, making for a striking triangle configuration in the morning twilight.