Category Archives: Astronomy

Solar Eclipse May 20, 2012

Although the most spectacular part of this eclipse wasn’t going to be visible in the Kansas City area (where I live), I made a last-minute decision to go ahead and try to get some photos of the partial phase. Since … Continue reading

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Russian Drilling in Antarctica a Preview of Europa Exploration?

It was announced in the Washington Post this week that Russian scientists had drilled over 2 miles through the Antarctic ice to an ancient lake (Lake Vostok), buried under the ice for over 30-million years. “Russian scientists briefly pierced the … Continue reading

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2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

It was announced today that the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to three astronomers for their work on the nature of the expansion of the universe.  The following is an excerpt from “The Nobel Prize in … Continue reading

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Scales of the Cosmos

My astronomy students study objects and concepts at all these size scales. The clip below is from the IMAX movie Cosmic Voyage.  It takes you through over 40 powers-of 10 in size! A very cool interactive look at these scales … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Help With Astronomy Research?

Today, there are astronomy projects out there that are designed to get the general public involved to assist in real research. Two such projects are Galaxy Zoo, and Galaxy Zoo Supernovae. At Galaxy Zoo, hundreds of thousands galaxies in Hubble … Continue reading

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ISS Flyover

I was out on the deck about 9pm when the ISS became visible, flying almost directly overhead. Satellites become visible as solar panels catch Sunlight and reflect it back down to Earth. They are visible just after sunset and just … Continue reading

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