Space

Even MOAR Awesome Sauce Music: From Space!

Even MOAR Awesome Sauce Music: From Space!

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut that is currently up in the space station. If you watch Canadian news he has been doing a lot of interviews from the space station. Most recently he has recorded a song with Canadian band The Barenaked Ladies (if you watch Big Bang Theory – they did the theme song). The song, Is Somebody Singing, is very lovely and brought tears to my eyes…and is ... »

It’s a Star!

It’s a Star!

A few weeks ago, I adopted a star. I’m quite a proud parent. And you can be too! »

Science Sunday: Water on Mars Edition

Science Sunday: Water on Mars Edition

Any of you who have been paying attention to science news over the last few days will probably have heard what the Curiosity rover has been discovering on Mars. You know, that distant planet it’s basically live streaming data from. You may have been misled by the title, as water (sadly) hasn’t been discovered there. What has been found, however, is evidence that fast-flowing water once... »

Perceiving the Perseids

Perceiving the Perseids

I’ve never seen a meteor shower. I tried to watch one last winter, but it was too cold and I was tired. I’ll be sure to avoid my past mistakes next time around. Luckily, the next time is right around the corner. We are in the midst of the annual Perseid meteor shower. That’s right. Space dust is plummeting through the Earth’s atmosphere, right over our heads! OK, so space c... »

Red (Planet) Rover, Come On Over

Red (Planet) Rover, Come On Over

On August 5th, something incredible is waiting to be known. NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, will attempt a landing on the Red Planet. The organization’s scientists and space enthusiasts round this blue planet will be gnawing at their nails, as every bit of information we get will be coming with a 14-minute delay. Curiosity is the largest rover to land on Mars, and has even bigger ... »

Planet Venus silhouetted against radiation emitted by the Sun at 193 Angstroms

Thus Passes Venus: A Lesson in How to Handle Your Binoculars

This is probably a good time to make this confession, before I get to the meat of the article: Astronomy terrifies me.  I don’t just mean that I get nervous when I think about zipping on a space suit and going into orbit 240 miles above the Earth, which I do.  Like, I’m afraid of planets.  I feel a bit of vertigo if I’m browsing through Wikipedia pages on the solar system for too long.  Star-gazin... »

Science Sunday: The Transit of Venus

Science Sunday: The Transit of Venus

Do you remember what you were doing eight years ago on June 8th, 2004?  No?  Neither do I, but on that early day in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, celestial bodies in our solar system were aligning.  The planet Venus’ orbit brought it directly between the Earth and the Sun and for six hours, Venus appeared to observers on Earth as a black silhouette against the solar disk.  It was an itty, bitt... »

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