What I like Wednesday – Chamberlain Observatory Public Nights

Long long ago, years before covid, I went to Chamberlain Observatory's public night and I fell in love. I mean, who wouldn't? For $4 you get to learn about the stars, the universe, and scientists. Astronomers used to sell time to people, did you know that? They sold time signals to cities and railroads before…

6-25-20 – Work, friends, space, and Mothwoman?!

Went into work again yesterday. My coworker, Cathy, worked in the office too so I felt more normal than I did when I was there last week. I also enjoyed myself more since I could chat with her. We took our breaks together and walked around outside where we ran into a total of 3…

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 319. Fun Fact Friday: Neptune

Sadly, because the scientists in the world no longer count Pluto as a planet, Neptune is the last planet in our solar system.  It is an ice giant and is the 8th planet from the sun. The cool thing about this planet is that it was "located through mathematical predictions rather than through regular observations of…

Day 277. Fun Fact Friday: Saturn

This week we get to learn about Saturn! Saturn is the 6th planet from our sun and is 886 million miles away from it. It is a gas-giant planet, so it does not have a solid surface (remember that Jupiter is also a gas-giant). Saturn's atmosphere is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium. This is another…

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…