Author Archives: Harrison Chen

More on the Fermi Paradox

For this blog post, I ventured onto YouTube to find a more detailed explanation of the Fermi Paradox. Although there we a video by celebrity scientist Bill Nye on YouTube, I ventured for a more scientific video done by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. The video introduced three categories of civilizations. A type one civilization … Continue reading More on the Fermi Paradox Continue reading

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Celebrity Scientists

For my last blog, I wanted to write about something that was somewhat related to astronomy: celebrity scientists. Specifically, I wanted my last blog to be why Bill Nye is not a scientist. He should not be having millions of followers or appearing at colleges and talk shows (not scientists should be creating a “brand” … Continue reading Celebrity Scientists Continue reading

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Oort Cloud!

I kept hearing about the Oort Cloud during this unit, so I wanted to do some more research on it. The Oort Cloud intrigues me because it is theoretical, meaning that we have not actually observed it empirically. In my last post, I talked about the Voyager missions. In another 300 years, the Voyager space … Continue reading Oort Cloud! Continue reading

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Updates on the Voyager Missions

When I was younger, I was always fascinated by the amazing strides of space exploration technology. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were the pinnacle of human achievement in my opinion. It has been a long time since I reviewed their journey. I watched a YouTube video summarizing the achievements of these two amazing space probes. … Continue reading Updates on the Voyager Missions Continue reading

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Light is Everything

I watched a Crash Course video on light that proved to be really helpful and informative. After watching this video, I realized the importance of spectroscopy and understood what light actually is. The scientific term for light is actually electromagnetic radiation, and even humans emit them. Once again, the video touched upon the wavelength spectrum. … Continue reading Light is Everything Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei Birth: 15 February 1564 Death: 8 January 1642 Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and physicist. Galileo’s work supported the Copernican theory that the Sun was the center of the solar system, not the Earth. He was also heavily involved with telescopes; he built his own and saw that Venus also … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Power of Ten Reaction

I have a wall in my dorm room where I have started to post quotes that I love. After watching the Power of Ten video, I think I may have another quote that I will post to my wall collection. Philip Morrison, the narrator in the video, says: “This lonely scene, the galaxies like dust, … Continue reading Power of Ten Reaction Continue reading

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