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Thursday, 10 August 2017

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BEYONDbones [2017-08-10 23:55:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
It’s Throwback Thursday and today we are going all the way back to 2009 to discuss a scientific fail. Galileo Galilei is famous for his astronomical observations and discoveries, but he could have been famous for one more thing! He was technically the first astronomer to observe Neptune while studying Jupiter’s moons in 1612 and

Sky Happenings: This Month’s Eclipse And Much, Much More! 

BEYONDbones [2017-08-08 23:07:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info
  Total Solar Eclipse   The New Moon of Monday, August 21 casts its shadow onto the Earth, causing a total solar eclipse!  And this time, the Moon casts its shadow across the USA, allowing Americans to join in the experience much more easily than in recent memory.  (The last total eclipse visible form the contiguous

We Have No Idea, by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson 

Mountain Beltway [2017-07-17 14:46:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info
Jorge Cham will likely be known to most of the folks who read this blog as the cartoonist behind the spot-on examination of grad school called Piled Higher and Deeper / PhD Comics. If you’ve read this comic, you’ll know that Cham’s visual style is simple and engaging, and his sense of humor is terrific. In a new book about the unknown territory of physics that we still need to

Sky Happenings In July 2017 

BEYONDbones [2017-07-04 18:26:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info
    The Summer Triangle is high in the east.  This consists of the brightest stars in Cygnus, Lyra, and Aquila.  Scorpius, the Scorpion, is in the south, with the ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius to his left.  Leo, the Lion, sets in the west.  From the Big Dipper’s handle, ‘arc to Arcturus’ and ‘speed on to

Join us for the August 21 eclipse 

BEYONDbones [2017-06-27 22:34:10]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
The New Moon of Monday, August 21, 2017, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow onto the Earth. The umbral shadow, where the Moon completely blocks the Sun, passes across the center of the USA, causing a total solar eclipse on a path from central Oregon to Charleston, SC.

Sky Happenings in June 2017 

BEYONDbones [2017-06-02 19:00:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on June 1, 9 pm CDT on June 15, and dusk on June 30.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.   The Big Dipper is high in the north. From the Big Dipper’s handle, arc to Arcturus

What’s “Up” In May, 2017 

BEYONDbones [2017-05-03 19:00:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
  This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on May 1, 9 pm CDT on May 15, and dusk on May 31.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom. A swath of brilliant winter stars sets in the west at dusk.  Orion, the Hunter, is

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly 

Mountain Beltway [2017-04-25 15:17:27]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
I haven’t yet seen the blockbuster movie Hidden Figures, but I’ve heard great things about it. This post is about the book it’s based on, also called Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. It chronicles the work of numerous African-American women at NASA and its predecessor organization, NACA, through the middle of the last century. The book is a robust documentation of these women’s childhoods, educations, motivations, and lives. It

Sky Happenings in April, 2017 

BEYONDbones [2017-04-04 22:00:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Source:     This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on April 1, 9 pm CDT on April 15, and dusk on April 30.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.   Jupiter, near Spica in Virgo, is up virtually

Questions From A Perceptive Third Grader 

BEYONDbones [2017-03-29 19:00:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info
As planetarium astronomer, my job includes fielding astronomy related questions from the public.  A couple of weeks ago, I received in the mail several perceptive questions from Madison, a third grader in Lawrence, Kansas.  After answering them, I realized that the answers, and the questions that elicited them,  might benefit many of our BEYONDbones readers.

Your March Stargazing Guide – Venus Fades as Mercury Appears 

BEYONDbones [2017-03-01 23:02:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
Venus leaves the evening sky this month. (In fact, it is coming around to our side of the Sun, about to overtake the Earth.) Look in the west in evening twilight. Venus is noticeably lower to the horizon each evening, until is lost in the Sun’s glare after Spring Break. How long can you still

HMNS Weekly Happenings 

BEYONDbones [2017-02-20 19:58:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition     Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, interactive stations and 3D animation, highlighting advances in the scientific methods used

Q&A, episode 2 

Mountain Beltway [2017-02-13 13:46:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
A new edition of "science and nature question and answer." This week: why Massanutten Mountain isn't longer, and why you're never going to walk on the

Sky Events for February 2017 

BEYONDbones [2017-01-04 23:17:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (6 visits) info
This star map shows the Houston sky at 9 pm CST on January 1, 8 pm CST on January 15, and dusk on January 31. To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.     … Continue reading →

Monthly Science Book Review: The Comet Sweeper 

Georneys [2016-12-31 19:56:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info
As I announced a few weeks ago I’ve decided to start a new regular feature here on Georneys: a monthly science book review. At the beginning of every month, I’ll announce what science book I’ll be reading. At the end of the month, I’ll write a book review, which may be short or long, depending upon how much time I have and how much I have to say about the book.

Where are the Heroes Anymore?...RIP John Glenn 

Geotripper [2016-12-09 05:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities Photo from NASA It's hard to find heroes today, although they most certainly exist.  Some people maintain that people who can catch footballs or swings bats are heroes, but those athletes are well paid in money and accolades. It really just means they catch footballs or swing bats well

The “Super SuperMoon” 

BEYONDbones [2016-11-11 14:00:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
The full moon of November 14, 2016 will be the closest Supermoon to Earth since January 26,1948. The full moon won’t come this close again until November 25, 2034. Thus the November 2016 full moon is the closest and largest … Continue reading

Sky events for October 2016 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-06 14:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
1st Quarter October 8, 11:33pm Full October 15, 11:23pm 3rd Quarter October 22, 2:14pm New October 30, 12:38pm   This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on October 1, 9 pm CDT on October 15, and 8 … Continue reading

A Decade Ago, the Space Station Unfurled Its Wings for the First Time 

GeoMika [2016-09-14 17:44:02]  recommend  recommend this post  (5 visits) info
Exactly ten years ago, the International Space Station unfurled its second set of wings for the first time. A decade ago, the beloved space station was just a fledgling in orbit, not yet equipped with all the goodies current astronauts … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Jupiter is Shining Bright 

BEYONDbones [2016-08-01 22:48:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (48 visits) info
Jupiter is low in the west at dusk; this is the last month to see it in the evening sky until March 2017. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it even as it … Continue reading | Impressum