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 … More What I like Wednesday – Chamberlain Observatory Public Nights
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 … More 6-25-20 – Work, friends, space, and Mothwoman?!
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 … More Day 326. Fun Fact Friday: Dwarf Planets
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 … More Day 319. Fun Fact Friday: Neptune
Uranus is the 7th planet from our sun and is 1.8 billion miles away from it. It was the first planet to be found by telescope, although at the time, the man who discovered it, William Herschel, thought it was a comet or star. An ice giant, 80% or more of the “planet’s mass is made up … More Day 291. Fun Fact Friday: Uranus
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 … More Day 277. Fun Fact Friday: Saturn
Last week we learned a little bit about our planet, Earth! This Friday we’re going to learn about Mars! Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. It is 142 million miles away from it. Remember that Earth is 93 million miles away and Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, is only 36 million … More Day 242. Fun Fact Friday: Mars