Monthly Archives: January 2015

And I thought Texas was big..

That photo you’re looking at is the observable universe as we know it; it holds all we know and believe to exist from as large as a star to as small as an electron, from as physical as a touch to as obscure as a thought. The small point on it that says “Local Supercluster” […] Continue reading

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Light Pollution in the Move From Rural to Urban

I am from a very small rural town, which equates to incredible views of the starry sky every night. Every so often, mostly on warm summer nights, there would be bonfires in the middle of a field or on a beach and the sky would be absolutely incredible to behold. It wasn’t until I moved […] Continue reading

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Shadow Bands!

If you’re like me, you have probably never heard of Shadow Bands. Shadow bands are a phenomenon that accompany total solar eclipses and occur just before and after totality, appearing as lines of alternating lines of dark and light moving … Continue reading Continue reading

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Solstices and Equinoxes: Extremes and Means

Hey Listeners! Today I will be discussing solstices and equinoxes. Firstly, we will discuss solstices. This event happens twice a year (one during winter and one during summer), and is the time of the year when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point relative to the celestial equator (ie when viewing the sun at […] Continue reading

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Human History Measured in Minutes

Hey Listeners! Today I will be discussing the Cosmic Calendar. What is the Cosmic Calendar? This a demonstrative tool by which the age of the universe is elucidated. The universe is believed to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, however in this representation it is proportionally condensed to the length of a year. This means that […] Continue reading

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The Scale of the Universe

This website allows you to scroll and compare the sizes of from the smallest, a Quantum Foam, to the Observable Universe. Starting at the scale of the Eiffel Tower, humans disappear from view. The sizes of objects increase each time you scroll out. The Eiffel Tower disappears when you start looking at Rhode Island. Then the […] Continue reading

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Stonehenge and the Summer Solstice

Everyone is familiar with the famous landmark Stonehenge located in Wiltshire, England. The first construction on Stonehenge was start about 5,000 years ago. We are still not sure what the original purpose of Stonehenge is but people have speculated that…

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The (Interactive) Size of the (Known) Universe

I have often caught myself wondering just how big are the largest of galaxies, and how small are the smallest building blocks of matter. There is an awesome tool developed in part by NASA that allows for an exploration from the smallest lengths we believe are possible to the entirety of the Universe (that we […] Continue reading

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Intergalactic Travel and Popular Culture

The universe is unimaginably vast; it is so enormous that the speed of the fastest wave-particle in existence -light – puts a cap on how much of the universe we can even observe. At 14 billion ly from our point of observation lies the edge of the observable universe. So if and when humanity becomes a space faring […] Continue reading

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The Culture of Solar Eclipses

While we discussed the science behind solar eclipses and totality in class on Wednesday, I wanted to explore the culture and lore behind solar eclipses. Total solar eclipses are very rare: at any particular location on earth, a total solar eclipse will only be visible once every 360 years! However, many “eclipse chasers” are undaunted by … Continue reading The Culture of Solar Eclipses Continue reading

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