Monthly Archives: February 2022

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia is considered the first female astronomer and mathematician (of whom we have records) of the world. She lived in Alexandria in the 4th century AD, where she studied and taught philosophy and astronomy at the Neoplatonic school of Alexandria. Her father, Theon of Alexandria, was a prominent mathematician and some consider him the last […] Continue reading

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Solar Architecture and History

In the television show Avatar: The Last Airbender, the main character is able to commune with one of his past lives on the Winter Solstice. This happens when the sun shines through the wall and directly hits a statue of the past life that he is trying to talk to. The catch in the show […] Continue reading

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Blog 2:Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy is the information that comes from a spectrum. The spectra of an object tell us the electrical electromagnetic radiation, the chemical composition, and the wavelength of an object. Each type of molecule and atom will react to the electromagnetic radiation in a different way. One type of spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy , the light is […] Continue reading

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The topic of light in regards to astronomy or any study of space is incredibly fascinating. In a vacuum, the speed of light travels around 300,000 km/sec and is known to be the fastest phenomenon in the entire universe. There’s so many interesting aspects that come out of studying light. One such example would be […] Continue reading

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The Speed of Gravity

If the Sun were to disappear, how long would it take for us to notice? This question usually brings about an answer of ‘8 minutes’, or about the time that it takes light from the Sun to reach Earth. However, Earth is orbiting the Sun, and if it were to instantaneously disappear, would Earth still […] Continue reading

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Blog 2: Tidal Changes

Water tides are a very interesting topic, yet most people think very shallow about them. Previously, all I knew or cared about tides was whether it was safe to go in the water. After a little research, I learned how important they are in terms of climate change. Humans recently have been dramatically altering the […] Continue reading

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The Hubble Telescope and Spectroscopy

When many people think about the Hubble Telescope, they tend to think of some of the most spectacular photos that it has captured over its five missions (with an example displayed in Figure 2). However, some people may fail to recognize the importance of the spectrographs that the Hubble Telescope produced and the valuable information […] Continue reading

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Discovering the Photoelectric Effect

I’ve always been taught that light is both a wave and a particle, and I’ve never faltered in believing it. However, I chose to challenge myself and question what I’ve always known to be true. Accordingly, I explored the origins of the photoelectric effect to understand how physicists arrived at their conclusions. In my research, […] Continue reading

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Blog #2: Archeoastronomy

Reflecting on how science and astronomy have grown and blossomed into what we study today really illustrates how amazing ancient feats of astronomy and observation were. The impacts of ancient observations of the night sky still effect us today, including in the name of months, the days of the week, and the length of our days and years. Continue reading

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Blog#2 Gravity

Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle deduced that moving heaven bodies makes circular motion because a circle is the perfect heaven path. Later scientists such as Tycho claimed that heavenly bodies are pushed by angels. Nobody previous to Isaac Newton was aware of the concept “Gravity.” Perhaps the most famous legend about gravity […] Continue reading

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