Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Archaeology of the stars

I must say when I look out at the stars, I don’t really think about what elements make up those stars.  Reading this article however, opened my eyes to the stars and how they are not all the same.

The article is entitled as my post suggests, “The Archaeology of the Stars” by Curtis Brainard over at the New York Times. So the next time I look up at the stars, I’ll remember each one is unique in it’s makeup, really just like human’s.



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I guess I’m one of those who wishes that Pluto was still a planet (and not a dwarf planet). Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen the pictures of Pluto and it’s moon Charon. They really are amazing.

Tonight I watched the Chasing Pluto show on at PBS, talking about the New Horizons spacecrafts journey from Earth to Pluto.Then I watched a video over at Grist entitled “Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Colbert fight about planets“.

Good stuff and I think Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great scientist but I still consider Pluto a planet. I guess I’m old school.



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View from the top

It’s a view of the earth that most people never see. Check out the article and short video about the view entitled “Earth, the Marvelous Blue Orbover at the New York Times by Dennis Overbye.



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Comet heaven

So while we apparently have reached out to the heavens and landed on a comet, there is still so much to learn about these mysterious travelers. Ten years from it’s initial launch, the Rosetta mission has officially landed.

You can find out all about the Philae Lander and it’s successful mission over at EarthSky in the article “Rosetta Mission Places Philae Lander On it’s Comet“. You can also learn more about the history of the mission in the article entitled “Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown” by Kenneth Chang at the New York Times.

Now of course, there is also a lot to learn a little closer to home. This according to David Freeman over at the Huffington Post in the article Canada’s Vast ‘Sudbury Basin’ Was Created by Comet, Study Says.

Good Night!


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Here comes the sun

Well. around here we had the sun for a few warm days but it appears to be leaving for a while, so I thought I would dedicate this post to the great George Harrison song, Here Comes the Sun. Hopefully it’ll be back soon.

First up is this article letting us know that maybe the sun has a sibling. The article is entitled “Our Sun Now Has a Brother Star, the First One Ever Found” over at EarthSky. How cool is that?!

This next article is about one of my favorite topics in regard to the sun, the solar flare. In this case it’s called an x-flare and I have to say that why I don’t know what that is,  you can check it out at over in this article, “The Best-Observed X-Flare in History“, also over at EarthSky via NASA.

Finally, this article is about a square-shaped hole in the sun (and that sort of freaks me out). None the less, the article is entitled “NASA Spots Square-Shaped ‘Hole’ in the Sun (Video)” and is also over at Space.

Hats off!


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Under the moon light


Every time I head over to the EarthSky website, there is always plenty to read on moon phases. Well, tonight as I watch the moon waxing (moving towards another supermoon on July 22nd) I’ve finally decided to post one such article on moon phases entitled “Understanding Moon Phases” by Deborah Byrd.

It also includes links to articles on the various moon phases, as well as, the names of all the full moons for each month. I’ve also included my feeble attempt at a picture of a  waxing moon but at least the article is a great moon primer.



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Secrets of the sun

Finally got around to the PBS movie Secrets of the Sun but I have to say after reading “The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories From the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet“  by Bob Berman, that maybe I already new all of it’s secrets. Still a good movie to watch and I would highly recommend it.

Or if you just want a brief overview of the sun, then check out the song (and video) by They Might Be Giants entitled “Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent)” . It’s where my kids first learned about the sun a few years back.

Shine on!


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