Author Archives: Jack Abrams

Solar Eclipse in Nashville

Around 2 pm today on Apr 8, 2024, I was fortunate enough to see the eclipse reach its peak in Nashville amidst intermittent cloud cover. Although Nashville wasn’t in the path of totality like it was in 2017, it was very close! For a quick background on solar eclipses, a solar eclipse happens when the […] Continue reading

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Alien life could very well be found in our own Solar System, and Europe is a prime candidate! Being one of Jupiter’s moons, Europe is one of the coolest moons of the giant planets in our solar system. It is about 90% the size of our Moon, with an equatorial diameter of 1,940 miles. However, […] Continue reading

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Geology of Mars

Mars has a fascinating geology that is very comparable to Earth in many ways and also shows its very dynamic history. A well known geological feature on Mars is Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, which stands at a height of approximately 16 miles and spans 374 miles in diameter. To compare, […] Continue reading

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Retrograde Motion

Retrograde motion is a fascinating celestial phenomenon that has puzzled astronomers and stargazers for thousands of years. Imagine you were stargazing across multiple nights and traced the planets as they danced across the sky, but suddenly, one of the planets stops, reverses direction, and then after a while, resumes its original motion with the stars. […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727): Isaac Newton was a pivotal figure in astronomy and physics due to his concepts of the laws of motion and universal gravitation. Newton’s laws of universal gravitation, which were formed from his three laws of motion, state that every particle attracts every other particle with a […] Continue reading

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Blog 1 – Light Speed

The speed of light is a fascinating topic that has significance from everyday life to the vast expanse of the cosmos. The speed of light is the speed at which light travels through a medium, and for a vacuum, this speed has been defined as 299,792,458 m/s. This speed is almost incomprehensible to us due […] Continue reading

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Hi! I’m Jack, a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. The image below shows where I’m from: Jupiter, Florida! Sadly, my hometown was not named after the planet, Jupiter. Continue reading

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