Category Archives: blog1

The Size of Our Solar System

The actual size of the universe is basically immeasurable as it is constantly expanding. But even if we could measure it, our human brains wouldn’t actually be able to understand how big it really is. Our solar system is roughly 122 AU, an AU being the distance between the Earth and the sun. This is … Continue reading The Size of Our Solar System Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, Solar System, SolarSystem | Comments Off on The Size of Our Solar System

Grasping the Scale of the Solar System (with help from Josh Worth)

Have you ever wondered just how big the Solar System is? One helpful website to answer that question is Josh Worth’s “If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel” site. This beautiful website allows you to scroll through the Solar System, to-scale, as if the Moon were only 1 pixel (that is, teeny-tiny and barely visible … Continue reading Grasping the Scale of the Solar System (with help from Josh Worth) Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, planets, SolarSystem | Comments Off on Grasping the Scale of the Solar System (with help from Josh Worth)

The OORT CLOUD and You

You might find yourself looking at a (to-scale) diagram of the planets of the solar system (and Pluto), such as the following: and think to yourself “Wow, Pluto is so much farther out from the sun than the Earth is. The solar system is so massive!”. And while you would be correct in your statement, … Continue reading The OORT CLOUD and You Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, oort cloud, physics, Small SS Objects | Comments Off on The OORT CLOUD and You

Earth’s Precession: Why Your Zodiac Sign is Wrong

When it comes to taking meaningless BuzzFeed quizzes or looking at Tumblr text posts about my zodiac sign, I am guilty as charged. There’s something satisfying about taking a quiz that tells you which limited edition Oreo flavor you are by your zodiac sign! (I’m apparently Gingerbread. Who knew?) I even know some people who … Continue reading Earth’s Precession: Why Your Zodiac Sign is Wrong Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, Astrology, blog1, Class, Stars, Zodiac | Comments Off on Earth’s Precession: Why Your Zodiac Sign is Wrong

Powers of Ten

Our universe is so vast it is simply mind blowing. The true nature of the size of our universe can be understood by examining powers of ten. We begin with a picnic scene one meter wide viewed from one meter away. Every 10 seconds we will look 10 times further away and our view of … Continue reading Powers of Ten Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, powers of ten | Comments Off on Powers of Ten

How Much Does Light Weigh?

Photons are massless particles. They move at the speed of light and do not have an intrinsic mass. And since light is made of photons, we can say that light has no mass. Story over, right? Did you know that light can exerts a force on objects? This force can cause them to weigh more. … Continue reading How Much Does Light Weigh? Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, Light, Sun | Comments Off on How Much Does Light Weigh?

The Size of the Universe, Relative to the Size of a Picnicker

The video begins with a man and a woman out on a picnic, then begins zooming out farther and farther. They start with a focus image 1 x 1 meter wide, then zoom out to a field of vision 10 times larger every ten seconds. So, the first zoom out brings the image to 10m … Continue reading The Size of the Universe, Relative to the Size of a Picnicker Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, General, powers of ten, scale, Universe | Comments Off on The Size of the Universe, Relative to the Size of a Picnicker

The Power of the Moon

The moon has always been a central part of human cultures, whether through film, art, music, or folklore. You have probably heard myths about the full moon and its effects on human (or animal) behavior. Here is some information on many historical beliefs about the power of the moon: Fertility: It was commonly held that a … Continue reading The Power of the Moon Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, moon phases, Solar System | Comments Off on The Power of the Moon

Where the Zodiac Signs Come From

What’s your sign? This is a common question you may have encountered in your life. While most people aren’t too deep into astrology, chances are that most of us have looked into our daily horoscope at least once for fun. However, a lot of people don’t really know where these signs come from, or why … Continue reading Where the Zodiac Signs Come From Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, Stars, Sun, Zodiac | Comments Off on Where the Zodiac Signs Come From

The 13th Zodiac

When NASA formally announced in 2016 that there is a 13th Zodiac Constellation, people everywhere were so shocked. They felt that NASA had been withholding information from the public. Cosmopolitan, an entertainment news outlet that does daily horoscopes for its users, published a story immediately providing the new borders for the zodiac symbols. Later in … Continue reading The 13th Zodiac Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in astro2110, blog1, Class, Zodiac | Comments Off on The 13th Zodiac