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Exhibit: Visions of Solar System, Smithsonian Air and Space

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The exhibit “Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System” at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum features the work of Michael Benson, who searched the archives of NASA and other planetary databases for extraordinary images of objects in our Solar System. Benson presents what our eyes might see if we could visit these spectacular places ourselves. Combining art, science, photography, and exploration, Beyond presents a visual tour of these diverse landscapes. It is the first large-scale retrospective look at the legacy of robotic spacecraft over the last 50 years.

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Website: NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

grandprom_stereoNASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Website is a helpful resource originated, written, coordinated, and edited since 1995 by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.

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Website: Physics Images from APS

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From Supersonic Air Flow to laser plasma and carbon nanotubes, the Physics Images on the American Physical Society Website provide compelling illustration of physics research, with comprehensive accompanying explanation and discussion of each research projects. Check for current images, which are regularly featured and updated on the Website, as well as the archived images.

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Website: NOAA Photo Library

The NOAA Photo Library captures the work, observations, and studies carried on by the scientists, engineers, and personnel of this diverse agency — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. The 32,000 digitized images demonstrate NOAA’s scientific heritage, spanning the World’s oceans and atmosphere, and transporting viewers “from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea, and [from] travels through centuries of scientific thought and observations.” Teachers may find these images helpful to illustrate engineering and scientific principles.

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Website: Picturing the Very Small

Check out the beautiful nanotechnology images from Viz Lab Image Collection of the NISE (Nanoscale Informal Science Education) Network.

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Website: LOC’s Wise Guide Portal


The Wise Guide introduces the numerous resources available from the Library of Congress, with monthly features drawn from items within collections, databases, and reading rooms. The monthly Guide highlights LOC prints, films, audio recordings, maps, manuscripts, digital materials, and books, as well as performances, lectures, film screenings, and poetry readings. It aims to encourage users to explore the millions of available items at this renowned U.S. library.

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