Author Archives: Leni Ertel

Blog 6 – Artemis II

NASA announced the Artemis II mission, which will launch no earlier than September 2025. This mission will take 4 astronauts (Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch, Jeremy Hansen) to our moon. This mission will be NASA’s first crewed flight test of the Space Launch Rocket System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. The purpose of this mission […] Continue reading

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Blog 5 – Pluto

Watching the talk about the New Horizons mission made an impact on the way I now view space exploration. There are so many aspects to it detailed in the video I had never thought about before. Over the course of watching the talk, I was also able to fall in love with Pluto! New Horizons […] Continue reading

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Blog 4 – Weather vs. Climate

There is often a lot of confusion when we talk about weather versus climate, and the impact both have on our planet. Many people who deny climate change/global warming do so because they are confused between weather and climate. I had a teacher in high school who told my class that climate change wasn’t real, […] Continue reading

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Blog 3 – Uranus

Uranus is the 7th planet from the Sun, at approximately 19.2 AU away. It is primarily composed of hydrogen, helium, and hydrogen compounds. It is an ice giant, and its iconic pale blue-green color comes from methane. Sunlight passes through the atmosphere, and is then reflected by Uranus’ clouds. Methane absorbs the red within the […] Continue reading

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Blog 2

The force of the moon’s gravity on earth causes tides. Due to the difference between the strength on the moon’s force on different parts of the earth, a tidal force is created. This tidal force, could also be referred to as a “stretching force,” as it creates two tidal bulges, with one being larger on […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was important to astronomy because he discovered that orbits are not perfectly circular, but move in ellipses. He is credited with three laws that are still heavily used in the study of astronomy. Kepler’s first law is: “The orbit of each planet about the sun is an ellipse with the sun at […] Continue reading

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Blog 1 – The Cosmic Calendar

Cosmic Calendar Image The Cosmic Calendar summarizes the history of the universe into a way that is easy for humans to comprehend-one 12-month calendar year. The universe is about 14 billions years old, so each month of the year represents a little more than a billion years of the universe’s history. Using this model, all […] Continue reading

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Introductory Post

Photograph by me

This is my cat, Pixie! She is about a year and a half and is the sweetest cat in the world.

This is the link to my professor’s blog.
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