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Serene Sundays - The Glass Universe

April 12, 2020

This week's Serene Sunday isn't so much a quote, as it is an invitation to take a deep dive into the world of the first female astronomers that changed the course of history and our understanding of the cosmos with Dava Sobel's book, The Glass Universe . "In the 1870s,...

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Saturday Space Reels - The Flame Challenge

April 11, 2020

What is a flame? How would you explain it? Could you explain it in a way a middle school student could learn and understand? Everything began with that question about a flame and each year a group of young students come up with a new question to ask scientists in...

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Friday Flicks - Apollo 13

April 10, 2020

Our Friday Flick this week is Apollo 13 to honor the 50th anniversary of the launch tomorrow! Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton as astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise respectively, this film goes into the details of the 3rd moon-landing mission that never made it...

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Gaze Into the Cosmos on Thursday - Goodbye to Winter Constellations

April 9, 2020

It’s that time of year when we have to say goodbye to the winter constellations of Orion and Taurus. Get outside after sunset and look due west. Spot the beautiful orange star Aldebaran and the Hyades open cluster in Taurus. (Binoculars will give you the best view.) Move your gaze...

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Wednesday Rad Apps - Scope Nights Astronomy Weather

April 8, 2020

SCOPE NIGHTS ASTRONOMY WEATHER - Want to observe tonight? Will the conditions be conducive to making all your observing wishes come true? Check out this app and personalize your location settings, tolerance for temperature, cloud cover, seeing conditions, and more. Plus, did you forget that dew shield? Not to worry,...

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Tuesday Fun Facts - Supermoons

April 7, 2020

Have you heard? The Super Pink Moon rises TONIGHT and we can't wait! But hold on, what IS a supermoon? Supermoons occur when a Full Moon coincides with perigee, meaning when the Moon is at its closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit. Check out the photo to see how...

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Sound Wave Mondays - Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe

April 6, 2020

Do you ever ponder the perplexities of space and wonder things like, "Can you slow down light?" or “Is it possible to destroy a black hole?" or even "How do we know the photon is real?" You're in luck, the podcast Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe answers all of...

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Serene Sundays - The Big Picture

April 5, 2020

Some days may seem a little more difficult than others as we go through these strange times. Maria Mitchell, the first internationally known female professional astronomer and professor, said some words of great value, "Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of...

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Saturday Space Reels - Physics Girl

April 4, 2020

If you're a curious person constantly wondering about the science in the world around you, then the Physics Girl YouTube page is a go-to! Hosted by Dianna Cowern, her show goes into explanations of various physical phenomena you can find almost anywhere, like how sunscreen works (and how it looks...

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Friday Flicks - First Man

April 3, 2020

You may know who the first man to step foot on the Moon was, but you may not know his backstory. Our third Friday Flicks recommendation is First Man! Starring Ryan Gosling, this film looks into the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong on the famous Apollo 11 mission, which led...