Welcome to the new SkyView Blog!

This blog is intended to be our primary mechanism for talking with users about what’s happening with SkyView. This includes new features and surveys, issues that other users have encountered, interesting images, SkyView in the news or anything else that catches our fancy. This blog will take the place of our old What’s New page.

We want to go this way for two reasons:

We hope we can get feedback from and engagement with our users. Please feel free to comment on our articles and on other users’ comments. Short or long, we’re really interested in what you have to say. Initially we’ll be moderating the comments due to NASA policy, but your comments should appear quickly. Our real hope is to foster a community of users who can interchange ideas on how to use SkyView and where it can go.

Also, a ‘What’s New’ page tends to describe things that are finished. We want something less formal where we can describe work in progress, problems other users have seen, problems we’re working on, ideas for the future, … and get your feedback as early as we can. We’ll use the tagging and categories features of the blog to distinguish the release notes. We’re hoping to put out at least a few items each week to give you a sense of where things are going.

Again please feel free to join in the discussion. If you have thoughts or suggestions that you’d prefer not to share with the world, or if you’d like to see a particular topic addressed on the blog, we’ll still be listening to E-mail at skyview@skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Regards,

Tom McGlynn
Laura McDonald

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4 Responses to Welcome to the new SkyView Blog!

  1. Rob says:

    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for the service through SkyView you offer. I’m fairly new to astronomy and stumbled upon the site through the nasa portal. I was totally blown away by the scope of the sky you can check out! So thanks again and keep up with the good work.

  2. Hugh McGill says:

    Tom graciously answered a question I asked by telling me I could give you RA/Dec numbers and then maybe I could console my wife a little more by pointing in the area of the sky where we could find “our daughter’s star.” Realizing I could point anywhere, and the star “sold” to us are both attempts at consolation on my part, I’d still like to be as accurate as possible. The RA is 193.92808333 and the Dec is 52.74246111 If this works
    it will work everyday for the rest of our lives. Sometimes I can’t stop crying either.
    Thank you for what you do to help us all,
    Hugh and Jennifer McGill

  3. Laura says:

    Hello Hugh,

    It looks like the star is between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia. You might want to take a look at the Your Sky website where you can enter the star’s coordinates in the Virtual Telescope section to see where in the sky you should look. You can also select your city in the Horizon Views section to see the constellations that can be seen from your location. You can uncheck many of the display options so the maps don’t look so busy.

    I hope this helps.

    Laura McDonald
    SkyView

  4. Peter Vonier says:

    Wow amazing i love it. I can not believe it and free.The future is amazing.

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