Congratulations to Weiner Engelbracht (wierriesangel) for taking the lead in our Trivia Contest on Periscope Periscope name 16-Oct 23-Oct Total Points werriesangel 3 3 ATAO94 2 2 Fungus 91 2 2 Lime Sherbert2 2 2 Captain Deltron 2 2 brewbug 1 1 Loopfunction 1 1 speear40 1 1 mecandy 1 1 jayrocc 1 1 Miss … More Planets of Our Solar System
My Monday periscope broadcasts include a trivia game of about ten questions. After I say the question for the first time, the first correct answer I see wins a point for the viewer. Yes, I know some viewers have delays in their network, but this is just for fun anyway, right? (Fun and eternal glory) … More Astronomy Trivia Leader Board
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Harper Collins Publishers, 2016; 346 pages If you haven’t seen the movie “Hidden Figures,” I strongly recommend it. The book does not have the glamour of Hollywood, but it tells a wonderful story long unseen. Reading this reminds me that wonderful things are happening all around us that no … More “I was just doing my job.”
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In 2005 I was invited to apply to serve on the crew at M.A.R.S., the Mars Analogue Research Station in the Utah desert. I was assigned to crew 42, serving from January 14 thru 29th of 2006. As Executive Officer, one of my responsibilities was to make sure the ATVs were operational: batteries charged, fuel tanks … More My time on MARS
Using Eclipse Glasses to Verify Scale of the Solar System Walk Each semester my students and I make a scale model of the solar system. We begin with a bowling ball 8 inches in diameter to represent the Sun. Students then calculate the sizes of all the planets to scale and small groups make models from … More Using Eclipse Glasses to Verify Scale of the Solar System Walk
On Monday I attended a lecture, really more of a chat, with Katherine Moore, daughter of Katherine G. Johnson. Mrs Katherine G. Johnson is one of the three main characters in the book Hidden Figures, a story about a small but important part of the American space program, I arrived early to find the auditorium … More Hidden Figures Computer “Just doing my job”
I’ve just begun reading Hidden Figures, the chosen book for Greensboro’s”One City OneBook” project this year. Tomorrow, Monday, September 18 at the Greensboro History Museum, the daughter of Katherine Johnson will be speaking about her mother. Program to begin at 10:30. So far in this amazing story, here are a few of the nuggets I’ve … More Nuggets of Gold from Hidden Figures
The Rise of the Rocket Girls launch itself right off the bookshelf and into my hands. Like many students of astronomy, I was painfully aware of the poor job our field has done in welcoming women, and women of color. Written by Nathalia Holt and published in 2016, this book holds the stories of many … More Rocket Girls and Hidden Figures
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