While I was at the #SDOisGO tweetup, I got to meet a really cool, fun, and sweet musician who drove all the way through the snow down from Jersey to be there. Yes, I am talking about the lovely CraftLass! She has released her new album of folk pop, science and space songs, called “AboveContinue reading “Listening "Above the Sky"”
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SDO is GO!!!!!
Today, we could finally, honestly, say… SDO is GO!!! The Solar Dynamics Observatory launched today at 10:23am EST by an Atlas V from Kennedy Space Center. (The wha? The this! And this!) And there’s video of it as well. I haven’t seen an embeddable version yet, but click to see this one hosted on spaceweather.com,Continue reading “SDO is GO!!!!!”
AAS Wrap-up: Personal Perspective and the Big Stories
What a crazy ride! I am finally recovered, mostly, from the big American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC, that occurred last week. What a ride! For me, the conference started off with a teaching workshop put on by the Center for Astronomy Education on interactive learning methods in “Astro 101.” As I start toContinue reading “AAS Wrap-up: Personal Perspective and the Big Stories”
Holy. Frakkin. Wow. So, I attended, no, experienced my very first Dragon*Con. It was on a scale of something that I have never seen before. Tens of thousands of freaks and geeks, many in costume, descended upon downtown Atlanta to laugh, squee, drink, and just be themselves (or whoever they want to be) for aContinue reading “Dragon*Con Post-Op”
Dr. SETI and "Cosmic Carl"
Fans of Skepticality (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Derek and Swoopy?) know that the latest podcast includes an interview with Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic and the man behind “Where Do We Go From Here?” and “What Do I Do Next?” He unveils his latest project, Skeptics Mix Tape, which is aContinue reading “Dr. SETI and "Cosmic Carl"”
Google Maps and Astronomy
No, this won’t be about Google Sky or Google Mars or anything like that. This is just plain old Google Maps. I was dismayed to find that a topology map website I had used before now required your credit card information to view, but I still needed some view of our telescope site to planContinue reading “Google Maps and Astronomy”
Seeing extrasolar planets?!?!
I would be remiss if I didn’t post this fantabulous awesome picture that just might be the first picture of an extrasolar planet around a star. The little one is the planet around the K7 star in the middle. I haven’t taken time to read the paper yet, but there’s more good info at BadContinue reading “Seeing extrasolar planets?!?!”
Seeing Black Holes
This press release came out yesterday that was SO EXCITING to me that I was bouncing up and down. In today’s Nature, astronomers write about the successful attempt to resolve the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy using 1.3 mm VLBI. And now you are going, “huh? jargon say what?” As mostContinue reading “Seeing Black Holes”