Author Archives: Seth Creech

Blog 6: The Solar Eclipse Today

This is my picture of the solar eclipse from today. The fact that eclipses even happen is one of the craziest coincidences, as the difference in relative size of the Moon and the Sun is the same percentage-wise, meaning that when the Moon is exactly in front of the Sun, it completely blocks it. There […] Continue reading

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Blog 5: The Controversy Behind Pluto’s Planethood

Pluto orbits our Sun far out past Neptune, and has been the source of controversy as we have learned more about it. The argument centers around whether this celestial object should be defined as a planet or a dwarf planet. This leads to an even bigger question: what separates a dwarf planet from a planet? […] Continue reading

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Blog 4: Systema Cosmicum

History Channel Portrait of Galileo Galileo was one of, if not the most revolutionary astronomer of all time. He lived at a point where the Catholic Church controlled a large section of public and private life, but they were also seeing their power wane through the Protestant Reformation, championed by Martin Luther (among others). The […] Continue reading

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Combining Forces: Nuclear Fusion in the Solar System

Business Insider Ignition Image Shown above is from the National Ignition Facility, where scientists successfully produced (and reproduced) a nuclear fusion reaction that had more energy output than input. The underlying math behind this lies in E=mc2, which shows that Mass (m) can be converted into a large amount of energy at the sacrifice of […] Continue reading

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Blog 2— Historical Context: the Ptolemaic Model

The Ptolemaic Model stood as the most accurate way to predict the movement of planets for 1,500 years, even though it was a geocentric model. This obviously serious error in the model caused there to be small inaccuracies in the predictive abilities of the model, but it was the best incorrect model created, so it […] Continue reading

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Blog Post 1— The Vast Size and Scale of the Universe

A collection of many galaxies that shows the vastness of the universe Humans have never travelled outside of our solar system because we are technologically unable to do so. Yet the solar system is only a tiny fraction of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Milky Way Galaxy is only a fraction of the […] Continue reading

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Lost Valley Ranch

Description: This is a picture of Lost Valley Ranch where I worked this summer.
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