The USS Continuum’s Amazon Store
The USS Continuum’s Amazon Store avatar

For those of you who are not aware: the Continuum has its own Amazon Store.  And they’re more just Star Trek here!  You can also get memorabilia from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel and DC Comics, real-life science, and more — all categorized for easy viewing.  This store is frequently updated, so keep checking back for new items.  Just click on the “Amazon Store” link above or go here and support the USS Continuum today!

Yuri's Night Is Coming
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Yuri’s Night is coming to Pensacola!

Who is Yuri Gagarian? Yuri was a Cosmonaut that, On April 12th 1961, became the first person to go into space.

This year the USS Continuum and the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Assocation are coming together at the PJC Planetarium to celebrate Yuri’s achievement along with all of the wonders of astronomy and space science. How much will it cost to attend? Nothing! This is a family friendly and FREE event that is open to the public. Join us!

As April 12th falls on a Monday we are holding our event on Friday April 9th. We believe this will give more people a chance to attend the festivities and have fun with us.

The event will begin at 6pm at the PJC Planetarium and the areas around it. The following events are what you can expect to take part in that night.

PLANETARIUM SHOW SCHEDULE
6:15 — Earth’s Wild Ride
7:00 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
7:45 — Two Small Pieces of Glass
8:30 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
9:15 — Ringworld

DISPLAYS:
– Recruiting tables & banners
– Captain’s Chair replica based on the original Star Trek series
– Telescopes will be setup to see the wonders of the night sky
– 15+ models of various shuttles, rockets, the Hubble space telescope, etc.
– 2-5 Star Trek models.
– Solar system model (planets in scale to one another)
– Binders full of space mission patches
– Many books on space exploration for you to browse and read
– 3-4 model rockets
– Posters on space exploration and astronomy
– And more!
 
DVDs:
– The Mighty Saturns (continous play)
– Hail Columbia (36 min)
– Ultimate Space Experience (48 min)
– Liftoff! (continous play)
– Journey to the Edge of the Universe (90 min)
– Destiny in Space (40 min)
– When We Left Earth

Bring your imagination, your sense of wonder and you thirst for knowledge!

Yuri's Night Pensacola!
Yuri's Night Pensacola! avatar

On Friday, April 9, 6 to 10 p.m., at the PJC Planetarium, the Continuum along with the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association will host Yuri’s Night Pensacola, a free event that’s open to the public.

Named after the first human in space, Yuri’s Night: World Space Party has been celebrated annually ever since 2001. However, this will be the first year the event has come to Pensacola.

YNP 2010 will feature:

1. Planetarium shows. The theater has recently gone through some upgrades, and if you’ve never seen a Planetarium show… or even if you have… this is a perfect opportunity to be amazed!

2. Telescopes to view the heavens (weather permitting, of course), provided by members of the EAAA.

3. Various displays and videos on space exploration.

4. Information about the EAAA and the USS Continuum.

5. Costumes. ALL attendees are strongly encouraged to wear sci-fi costumes or space-related clothing.

6. PARTY!!! The ultimate goal of Yuri’s Night as we celebrate humanity’s achievements in space past, present, and future.

For more information, contact me, Jay Gallops. Also, be a part of the discussion on Facebook,
Myspace
, and Twitter. And keep checking back to the Continuum website for more updates.

New Hubble Images of Pluto
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NASA has released new images of Pluto taken by the Hubble telescope. You can read the full article and see more images by clicking here.

NASA today released the most detailed set of images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. The images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show an icy and dark molasses-colored, mottled world that is undergoing seasonal changes in its surface color and brightness. Pluto has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern hemisphere is getting brighter. These changes are most likely consequences of surface ices sublimating on the sunlit pole and then refreezing on the other pole as the dwarf planet heads into the next phase of its 248-year-long seasonal cycle. The dramatic change in color apparently took place in a two-year period, from 2000 to 2002.

The Hubble images will remain our sharpest view of Pluto until NASA’s New Horizons probe is within six months of its Pluto flyby. The Hubble pictures are proving invaluable for picking out the planet’s most interesting-looking hemisphere for the New Horizons spacecraft to swoop over when it flies by Pluto in 2015.