Daily Archives: January 21, 2018

Anaxagoras

Known most for bringing philosophy to Athens before the era of Socrates, Anaxagoras is recognized as the first person in history to correctly explain eclipses. He claimed that material variation was caused by relative preponderance over other ingredients, explaining how change could occur in the pre-Socratic era. Before him, there stands no record of anybody … Continue reading Anaxagoras Continue reading

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Every Once in A “Purple” Moon

At the end of this month, on January 31st, we will be oh so lucky enough to witness several lunar events happening at the same time. The… Read more “Every Once in A “Purple” Moon” Continue reading

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Some facts about the speed of light

The speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second (186,282 miles per second), but this is not always the case. The speed of light, which is actually the highest speed that light can reach, has to be in a vacuum.  In other cases, light actually slows down as it passes through different media. For instance, … Continue reading Some facts about the speed of light Continue reading

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Precession: How Will Life on Earth Differ With Summer in January?

Precession is often referred to as “orbital variation.” An easy demonstration of precession is a top spinning. As a top spins on a surface, it moves around in a circular or elliptical path. But while it moves, the direction of its tilt is also changing. The same is true for planets as they orbit stars. … Continue reading Precession: How Will Life on Earth Differ With Summer in January? Continue reading

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Blog 1: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

This image was made by the NASA Visualization Explorer to show the path of totality of the 2017 solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. As the moon blocks the sun, it casts on a shadow on earth that travels west to east very quickly due … Continue reading Blog 1: Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Continue reading

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Blog 1: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

This image was made by the NASA Visualization Explorer to show the path of totality of the 2017 solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. As the moon blocks the sun, it casts on a shadow on earth that travels west to east very quickly due … Continue reading Blog 1: Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Continue reading

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Super Blue Blood Moon Blue Snow Super Blood Blue

Or something like that. Wow! On January 31st, 3 lunar events will coincide for the first time since March of 1866 resulting in the Moon appearing bigger, redder, and also bluer? This is what cool scientists call a “Super Blue Blood Moon.” When the Moon is at its perigee, the closest point to Earth in … Continue reading Super Blue Blood Moon Blue Snow Super Blood Blue Continue reading

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Eagles

Onward to the Super Bowl!  Fly Eagles Fly! Continue reading

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My First Post

Greetings fellow astronomers! I look forward to a fun-filled semester blogging with you all!
 
Below is a picture of me (the left), my brother, and our friends when we visited New York City!

New York Trip (by me)
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How Fast Light Travels

We all know light travels fast, but do you know how fast it can be? The answer 299,792 kilometers in a second. The fact is, if you can travel as fast as light, you could go around the Earth seven and a half times in just one second. Theoretically, there is nothing runs faster than … Continue reading How Fast Light Travels Continue reading

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