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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

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Making the Stars: A Brief History of the Burke Baker Planetarium 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-03 00:23:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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In July of 1964, the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened its new museum in Hermann Park with modest exhibit space and the Burke Baker Planetarium. A state-of-the-art Spitz Space Transit Planetarium dominated the theater’s center with its flat floor … Continue reading

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GeoMika [2016-02-02 02:00:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
It took twelve years, but the Opportunity Rover has climbed up the edge of Knudsen Ridge on Mars. The view is great — steep ridges, a dramatic slope, and the far lip of Endeavour Crater shaping the horizon. The rover is … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Five planets at dawn, leap day this February! 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-01 23:36:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
Jupiter is now a late evening object, rising in the east. It rises by 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, and by Feb. 29 it comes up just before 7 p.m., which is during evening twilight. Jupiter comes to opposition on … Continue reading

From the Field: Behind the Scenes on SpaceX’s Launch of the Jason-3 Satellite 

GeoMika [2016-01-18 09:29:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday’s SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are my stories from reporting live on white rocket engulfed in a fog bank but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time. Find your way to a … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Four Planets are Visible 

BEYONDbones [2016-01-04 21:02:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
Venus is in the southeast at dawn, approaching Saturn. Venus passes Saturn the morning of January 9; the two planets are less than one tenth of one degree apart! They’re easy to tell apart, as Venus outshines all the stars … Continue reading

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Night Sky 

Georneys [2015-12-21 12:42:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

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My husband and I spent some time doing field work in the Sperrgebiet region of Namibia earlier this year. We camped out in the desert for a few days. We spent our days looking at some fantastic geology, and we spent our nights looking at some fantastic views of the night sky. We were quite far from any towns, so we had very little light pollution and could see many

Geminid Meteor Shower offers a brilliant weekend at the George! 

BEYONDbones [2015-12-12 01:02:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info
The annual Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, and we’ve got some tips for stargazers hoping to catch it. The Geminids are unique among meteor showers because they are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. … Continue reading

The Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College is Seeking a Director 

Geotripper [2015-12-04 00:31:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

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This is a reposting of my note from last month. The deadline for applying is Friday, Dec. 4! From personal experience, I can say that Modesto Junior College is a pretty nice place for a career. The Science Community Center at Modesto Junior College is a monument to the importance of science education, with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms for biology, astronomy, chemistry, physics,

Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson 

Mountain Beltway [2015-11-23 17:06:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
At first, I thought the titular Seveneves referred to fragments of the Moon. It blows up on the first page of the novel – or disaggregates anyhow, into seven big chunks. But these start knocking into one another, breaking off smaller pieces, and these bang into each other, making more pieces. Soon, there are a lot of pieces. Spoilers galore follow, as I feel obligated to outline the scope of

The Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College is Seeking a Director 

Geotripper [2015-11-13 01:05:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

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The Science Community Center at Modesto Junior College is a monument to the importance of science education, with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms for biology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences, as well as a fully equipped observatory, and the most technically advanced planetarium projector in the United States (seriously, it's the newest generation, and we were

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Southern sky brings beasts and gods of water in November 

BEYONDbones [2015-11-04 17:58:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info
Saturn sets in twilight for the first week of November and is lost in the sun’s glare the rest of the month.  Venus, Mars and Jupiter are still close together in the morning sky this month. Right now, Venus is close … Continue reading

The Martian, by Andy Weir 

Mountain Beltway [2015-10-19 14:40:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info
There’s a lot of talk about this book lately, since they just made it into what I’m told is a very good movie. I heard the scuttlebutt and watched the preview for the film, and when the protagonist/narrator said “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this,” I knew this was probably a story for me. I was lucky to score a copy of the audiobook from

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Planets near alignment, Astronomy Day arrives, and the clock ‘falls back’ this October 

BEYONDbones [2015-10-02 13:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
Saturn is now in the southwestern sky at dusk. It outshines the stars around it, so it’s also easy to see. By Halloween night, however, Saturn sets in twilight; it drops into the Sun’s glare next month.  Venus, Mars, and … Continue reading

Once in a Red Supermoon: Watch Sunday’s rare lunar eclipse at the George Observatory 

BEYONDbones [2015-09-25 22:09:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (53 visits) info
Our moon goes by many different names depending on the season and its position relative to the Earth. The evening of Sunday, Sept. 27, it will become three identities at once, an exceptionally rare occurrence. For the first time in … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Total Lunar Eclipse this Month 

BEYONDbones [2015-09-02 23:01:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info
Saturn is now in the southwestern sky at dusk. It outshines the stars around it, so it’s also easy to see.  Mars is a little higher in the morning sky this month. Look for it low in the east at … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 8/10-8/16 

BEYONDbones [2015-08-10 03:00:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info
Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Last Week of Xplorations Summer Camp Monday, August 10 – Friday, August, 14 Xplorations … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Saturn and Perseid meteors bright in August 

BEYONDbones [2015-08-05 21:24:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info
Saturn is now in the south-southwestern sky at dusk. It outshines the stars around it, so it’s also easy to see. Mars emerges into the morning sky this month. Look for it low in the east at dawn.  Mars remains … Continue reading

New images from Pluto break our hearts, excite our imaginations 

BEYONDbones [2015-07-16 00:55:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info

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Pluto has a heart. A big, icy heart surrounded by a sea of red. It was more of a fluke of photographic composition, a perfect angle for the shot that astronomers and engineers waited for more than nine years to … Continue reading

Research Summary: Classifying Lake Ecological States Using Satellite Remote Sensing For Flamingo Lakes In The East African Rift Valley 

Lake Scientist [2015-07-08 15:18:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

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1University of Leicester, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK 2University of Leicester, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK 3King’s[...] The post Research Summary: Classifying Lake Ecological States Using Satellite Remote Sensing For Flamingo Lakes In The East African Rift Valley appeared first on Lake

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Stars of Summer are Here 

BEYONDbones [2015-07-01 22:45:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

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This is the last month to observe the two brightest planets in the western evening sky. On June 30, Venus overtook Jupiter. This month, watch Venus shift to the left of Jupiter each evening at dusk. Meanwhile, both planets appear … Continue reading
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