Day 326. Fun Fact Friday: Dwarf Planets

This week I’ll be quickly reviewing dwarf planets. Probably the first image that pops into your head when I say that phrase is Pluto. Pluto is, after 2006, classified as a dwarf planet. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), had a discussion about the definition of “planet”. Out of this discussion came a new term, “dwarf planet” and the…

Day 317. Solar Freakin’ Roadways

This past weekend Gene showed me this video. I knew that people were working on building new, better roads and surfaces but this is seriously awesome. A material made out of solar panels and LED lights. A material that can be used in parking lots, changing parking spots whenever needed. A material that can be…

Day 270. Fun Fact Friday: Jupiter

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun. It is about 484 million miles away from it, 5.2 AU. It is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. After the sun formed, the majority of leftover material went to Jupiter. If all the other material in the solar system was combined, Jupiter…

Day 263. Fun Fact Friday: Asteroid Belt

In between Mars and Jupiter is a region of space where most of the asteroids in our solar system hang out. This area is known as the asteroid belt. As of now, we know that there are more than 1/2 million asteroids in the belt, most likely more.  Asteroids are "rocky remnants left over from…

Day 221. Fun Fact Friday: Venus

Last week we learned a bit about Mercury. Now let's learn about the second planet closest to the sun, Venus! Venus is a bit smaller than Earth and is a terrestrial planet. This means that it's very rocky. It has  a "cratered and volcanic landscape" (NASA). In 2010 there was evidence provided that there was…

Day 23. What I like Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Love Science video.

In the past couple of years, I've become more and more interested in science. For some reason, during my high school and early college years, I had a fairly negative view on it. I thought it was difficult and, at times, pointless. I have come to change my mind, thankfully, and really enjoy learning more…