York Universe 200th Episode

York Universe Turns 200!!

York Universe is an Astronomy and Astrophysics radio show produced live every Monday at 9:00pm EST (Tuesday 0200 UTC). The program is run out of the York University Astronomical Observatory in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The radio program is broadcast in concert with the observatory’s live online public viewing experience, featuring live telescope feeds, archived images, and interactive chat, which you can find at http://www.yorkobservatory.com.

York Universe is produced by the voice of astronomy, Astronomy.FM. You can listen to all AFM programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by clicking the “Listen to AFM Radio Now” button at the top of their homepage.

The show is developed and presented by faculty and students at York University, and often features guests from the astronomy and science community of Toronto, Canada, and the world.


Wake Up Rosetta!!

The York University Observatory wants to help wake Rosetta up!!

Students and faculty members from the Physics and Astronomy department at York University came together to create this video for Rosetta’s wake up call on January 20th.

Creative Direction by Jen Mehrnoush Zomederis & Brittney Hopson
Videography by Brittney Hopson

About the Rosetta Mission:
ESA’s Comet-Chasing Mission Rosetta Will Wake Up on January 20, 2014 from a Deep-Space Hibernation to Reach the Destination it has Been Cruising Towards for a Decade!

The mission was originally en route to comet 46 P/Wirtanen. But due to a delay in launch a new target was set -comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta was launched on the 2nd of March 2004. The spacecraft entered deep-space hibernation mode in June 2011. It will remain in this state until the 20th of January when the hibernation exit sequence will be initiated.

Rosetta will be the first mission ever to orbit a comet’s nucleus and to land a probe on its surface. It will also be the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it heads towards the inner Solar System, watching how this icy object is transformed by the warmth of the Sun.

For more information visit European space agency


For more information about the York University Observatory check out the Public Outreach section of my blog or visit the observatory’s website.