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How to Become an Astronaut

    It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No it’s… the end of the semester? Well, I guess you heard it here first. This is going to be the last blog of the semester. I’ll even let you choose the topic since it’s the last time we’ll be together. I’ll give you three choices: How […] Continue reading Continue reading

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To Serve Man

Twilight Zone, one of the favorite t.v. series growing up. My favorite episode, the one that really stuck with me, was “To Serve Man”. In this episode, Aliens come to Earth with seemingly peaceful and helpful intentions. They just want to help and serve man. Plot twist: they were serving man alright… for dinner. This […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Metal. Fire. Splash.

    Beijing, we have a problem. At least that’s what I imagined Tiangong 1 broadcasted back to China as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and careened into the central South Pacific Ocean. Officials had no idea where exactly the station would re-enter and end up crashing, making the South Pacific a welcome relief for many. […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Pluto Reclassified as Planet

    History was made on Sunday, April 1, 2018, as the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decided to reclassify Pluto as a planet. Pluto, discovered in 1930 as the ninth planet of the solar system, is a tiny world smaller than Earth’s moon. Pluto was stripped of its planetary status in 2006 and demoted […] Continue reading Continue reading

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We Are Not Alone. (Probably)

    Life: one of the most unique, hard to find things in the universe. We have so much life on Earth, but it’s often something we take for granted. In the 200,000 years humans have existed on Earth, we have not found any evidence of life outside of our planet. Considering how vast and […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Tide Pods

  “Tide’s in, dirt’s out- Tide washing power” While Tide may be great for washing your clothes and getting rid of those tough stains, tides are also a great source of renewable energy. Tides produce tidal energy through the surge of ocean waters caused by their constant rise and fall. Tidal energy was first harnessed […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Ideal Spring Break Vacay Spots

  Looking for a cool vacation spot this spring break of summer? Are Rome, Sydney, and Beijing too tame for your taste? Why not take a trip to outer space? Companies are currently offering this once in a lifetime trip at the low price of $75,000 for four whole hours in space.   Why is […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546-October 24, 1601) was the best naked-eye observer of his time. He compiled a comprehensive list of stellar and planetary positions in the sky and noticed that the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn occurred two days after Copernicus had predicted it. He also observed and recorded a supernova. He was able […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Pervasive Nature of Astrology in Popular Culture

Astrologists: Airheads. Idiots. Superstitious children. Continue reading Continue reading

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Hi. Nice to Meet Me

“We seem to know so little about the universe we live in which is pretty awe-inspiring to me.” Continue reading Continue reading

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