Archive for the ‘Cool Stuff’ Category

Total Solar Eclipse — One Year Ago

August 21st, 2018 by Nancy 0

I have been meaning to post my experiences during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 … What can I say? It’s been a busy year! So, here – a year later – is a reminiscence of that incredible day. The day before, though, I had the chance to meet up in […]

Raise a Toast to the Night Sky

August 16th, 2017 by Nancy 0

I’ve been known to enjoy a brew from time to time, so when I was asked to try out some cool new drinkware from UncommonGreen, I was all in. This company has been making unique glassware and other products for several years that have maps of cities, states, college campuses and even marathon routes etched […]

Incredible Stories From the Tucson Festival of Books!

March 15th, 2017 by Nancy 0

@TFOB with authors @Nancy_A @NathaliaHolt talking #space, #gender, #storytelling. Happy to see so many book lovers! — Julian Guthrie (@JulianGuthrie) March 12, 2017 Although I’m still a bit groggy after taking a red-eye flight home, I’ve been completely energized by my experiences this past weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books. What an amazing […]

Heading out for the Tucson Festival of Books

March 9th, 2017 by Nancy 0

I am absolutely excited to be participating in the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona on March 11 and 12! This will be my first time attending such an event and I’ll be joining 350 other authors who will be presenting panel sessions and discussions about their books. If you’ll be […]

It’s Maine Calling! Interview with Maine Public Radio

January 31st, 2017 by Nancy 0

I was honored to be asked to join a radio call-in show on Maine Public Radio, “Maine Calling.” I joined host Irwin Gratz and astronomer Edward Gleason from the University of Southern Maine, and we discussed various events in space and astronomy coming up in 2017 and provided updates on several of the missions that […]

Vote for Bob King and His New Night Sky Observing Book!

November 8th, 2016 by Nancy 0

Since today is Election Day in the US, I’d like to suggest that you … buy Bob King’s new book about how to see things in the night sky WITHOUT any expensive, fancy equipment, just your eyeballs! Have you always wondered about things you’ve seen in the night sky and wanted an easy explanation? Have […]

I’m Writing a Book!

January 15th, 2016 by Nancy 1

This week, I’ve been in California at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I’ve been wanting to visit JPL for years and years, and until now it has never really worked out to do so. But I’m out here for a very special reason: I’m doing interviews with scientists and engineers because I’m writing a book. What? […]

I’m Going to Mars, How About You?

September 8th, 2015 by Nancy 0

Today’s the last day to sign up to send your name to Mars on the InSight lander, currently scheduled to launch on in March 2016, and here’s the link to where you can sign up to send your name along with the next mission to the Red Planet! InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic […]

I Knew Chris Hadfield Before He was an Internet Sensation

May 13th, 2013 by Nancy 0

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returns home today from his 5-month stay on the International Space Station. But I knew him BEFORE he became such an internet sensation, with all his tweeting and videos and complete awesomeness during his Expedition 34/35. Although I had interviewed him several times before this picture was taken on February 24, […]

The Complete History of Earth in 90 Seconds

November 14th, 2012 by Nancy 0

This great video from the Symphony of Science project provides the entire history of us.

Dancing Around the World

July 10th, 2012 by Nancy 0

I hope when future generations look back at this time in history, or if an alien civilization ever found evidence of life on Earth, this is what they’d see. All anyone ever really wants is to be happy, and sometimes dancing is the only way to express it. This was featured on today’s Astronomy Picture […]

Astronomy Photographer of the Year and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich (I was there!)

October 6th, 2010 by Nancy 1

As I wrote in a recent article on Universe Today: “The Royal Observatory Greenwich in the UK was the perfect setting to announce the winners of this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and I was privileged to be in attendance at the ceremony…” Yes, I was really in London and was invited to […]

Astronomy Picture of the Day

September 22nd, 2010 by Nancy 0

I’m getting some new visitors to my blog today, thanks to the folks at Astronomy Picture of the Day (otherwise known as APOD) who featured a picture that I took back in March of space shuttle Discovery rolling out the launchpad at midnight, and the Xenon lights shining on the shuttle stack created a unique […]

The Place Where Dreams Come True

September 21st, 2010 by Nancy 0

This is Iowa. We drive through the Hawkeye State quite often and had always talked about stopping at the Field of Dreams movie site near Dyersville. We finally went there, and eerily, it looks exactly like it does in the movie. But really, it’s pretty cool: the big white farmhouse, the meticulous baseball field edged […]

Up Close with Discovery

March 28th, 2010 by Nancy 1

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases, it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams …. Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing A flowery band to bind us to the earth…” —John Keats I love […]

Catching Up

March 20th, 2010 by Nancy 2

I’ve received a few emails from people wondering why I haven’t written anything on my personal blog lately. And honestly, I was surprised to look and see the last post was a month ago. I usually use Saturday mornings for catching up with things I’ve been meaning to do — like post something on this […]

SDO Soars and Roars to Space!

February 12th, 2010 by Nancy 1

Two rocket launches in one week! It doesn’t get any better than this! The launch of the Atlas V rocket with the Solar Dynamics Observatory on Feb. 11 was incredible! (Have I used that word before here?!) Above is an animation of the images I took of the launch, and below is a video taken […]

Endeavour Lights Up the Night Sky

February 8th, 2010 by Nancy 2

The launch of space shuttle Endeavour early this morning was just absolutely amazing. I tried to express what the experience was like on my post on Universe Today, but quickly ran out of superlatives. People can tell you that a shuttle launch is going to be loud and that a night launch will be amazingly […]

At a Quiet Kennedy Space Center

February 3rd, 2010 by Nancy 2

Space Shuttle Endeavour on the launchpad enshrouded by the Rotating Service Structure. Image: Nancy Atkinson It was a little eerie and not quite what I was expecting. Nobody was there. I went to the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday for my first visit as a member of the media. Driving there, I was in space-nerd […]

Flying Over the Cliffs of Bahram Vallis

January 29th, 2010 by Nancy 0

A couple of days ago I posted on Universe Today some new Mars flyover videos created by Doug Ellison from He now has rendered a few more, and this one is my favorite: Bahram Vallis. Hang on to your hat when you approach the cliffs! Doug is able to create these amazing 3-D flyover […]