Category Archives: SolarSystem

The Blood Moon: Cultural Significance

The phenomena that is called a “blood moon” occurs during a lunar eclipse, when the Earth blocks the path of sunlight heading towards the moon. This causes the Earth to cast its shadow over the moon. However, the reddish tint that appears during a blood moon occurs because of refracted sunlight by Earth’s atmosphere. Throughout […] Continue reading

Posted in Class, Moons | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Blood Moon: Cultural Significance

Hello Everyone!

My name is McKenzie King! I am 18 years old and a Freshman at Vanderbilt University! I am currently in my second semester and taking a lecture all about our Solar System. This blog is a project that my Professor…

Continue reading

Continue reading

Posted in Moons | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Hello Everyone!

Moons are Cool!

One thing that I think is going to stick with me the most is how cools moons are. Entering this class all I knew was our moon, and although that’s our girl, been here since day one, she’s pretty basic (no offense Luna, I still love you). So, I though all moons were like her, […] Continue reading

Posted in Moons | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Moons are Cool!

May the 4th be with you: the Twin Suns of Tatooine

One of my recent blogs crushed the dreams of many Star Wars fans by debunking the close proximity of asteroids within an asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back. That is why, in the spirit of Star Wars Day, I will be sharing an aspect of the films that Star Wars ended up getting correct:Continue reading “May the 4th be with you: the Twin Suns of Tatooine” Continue reading

Posted in Aliens, Class, Exoplanets, Stars, Sun, Universe | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on May the 4th be with you: the Twin Suns of Tatooine

Our Neighbor the Space Octopus

While the potential of finding microorganisms on Mars has intrigued us here on Earth for a while now, more advanced life may live on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon: Europa. In fact, Professor Monica Grady has proposed that, not only is life on Europa likely, but said life may include organisms with intelligence similar to thatContinue reading “Our Neighbor the Space Octopus” Continue reading

Posted in Aliens, Class, Moons, Space Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Our Neighbor the Space Octopus

Lucy Spacecraft

I chose to research Lucy, a future NASA mission, for my final blog. Throughout the semester, my favorite topics we have covered in class have been ones revolving around space exploration. I am fascinated by the complex missions that humans send out into space. Lucy is an upcoming mission set to launch from Cape CanaveralContinue reading “Lucy Spacecraft” Continue reading

Posted in Small SS Objects, Space Travel | Tagged , | Comments Off on Lucy Spacecraft

solar system superlatives: Earth

Welcome to the last episode of solar system superlatives. I know it’s hard to believe, but, alas, all good things must end. In an effort to dry the tears brimming in all our eyes, I wanted to end this blog series on a happy note and on a celebration of vitality – by looking atContinue reading “solar system superlatives: Earth” Continue reading

Posted in Aliens, Class, Terrestrials | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on solar system superlatives: Earth

ExploreVenus

In astrology, ruling planets are the specifically designated planet for each of the zodiacs. Since there are 12 zodiac signs and only 7 planets, some share the same planet such as Libra and Taurus who are both ruled by the planet Venus. Each planet is said to have a distinct energy that affect us atContinue reading “ExploreVenus” Continue reading

Posted in Class, Terrestrials | Tagged , , | Comments Off on ExploreVenus

Conan the Bacterium, a potential Martian?

Conan the Bacterium, also known as Dionococcus Radiodurans Evolution, as far as we know, has always been pushing the limits of adaptability, allowing organisms to survive in the harshest of environments. Life that is extremely adaptable to almost all living environments are called extremophiles, hence their name. Scientists have recently hypothesized that some of Earth’sContinue reading “Conan the Bacterium, a potential Martian?” Continue reading

Posted in Aliens, Terrestrials | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Conan the Bacterium, a potential Martian?

Titan

Titan is the largest of Saturn’s moons, and one of the biggest moons in our solar system period, 50% larger than our own moon. In my opinion, it’s also one of the coolest. While it’s not exactly the prettiest to look at, kind of just being a grosser and hazier version of Saturn minus theContinue reading “Titan” Continue reading

Posted in Class, Moons | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Titan