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NASA is planning to make observations of SN 2014J using observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The space agency’s Swift spacecraft has already taken images of the new supernova.

“The weather was closing in, with increasing cloud, so instead of the planned practical astronomy class, I gave the students an introductory demonstration of how to use the CCD camera on one of the observatory’s automated 0.35–metre [13.7-inch] telescopes,” Fossey said in a statement from UCL.

The site plans to have at least one documentary on the site every month. Madden announced that the next installment, a look at the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team famously chronicled in the movie “Cool Runnings,” would premiere on February 14. Additional documentaries will be announced as the projects get finalized. Sports On Earth has recently introduced more video to the site, including roundtable segments and a series called The Walk-Off where columnist Will Leitch does short takes on the topics of the day.

“We feel like we’ve established our voice, our DNA and our credibility,” Madden told Awful Announcing after the private screening in New York City. “People know what we are now and that gives us a lot of license to move in different directions and I want to take advantage of everything that the digital medium offers us. To me the very logical next step is video.”

Reportedly invited by Mars himself (though it’s hard to imagine that the NFL didn’t encourage their presence), the long-running L.A. rockers crashed the stage Sunday for a stale “Give It Away” that added zero to the proceedings — unless you count the disheartening sight of a bunch of white guys crowding out a bunch of black guys from their own gig.

“Because of Sports on Earth’s position, I’ve got access to the documentarians who work for MLB.com, I’ve got access to guys who do this for USA Today so they’ll be working on things,” Madden said. “I’ve hired a young guy who was an assistant for Alex Gibney. Hopefully once we’re out there and people see this and see what we’re up to I want to be able to attract that very top talent and the sort of the very singular voices that Sports On Earth is known for in columnists and writing. The Will Leitch of video, the Mike Tanier of video. I’m hoping to find those kind of people.”

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