Every semester my Astronomy students must complete an observing project. I offer several ready-made projects, and I also allow students to make-up their own project if they wish. This semester one of our graduating seniors made his own music project, music based on the orbital period of the planets and their distances from the Sun. … More “Celestial Confusion” by Thomas Lyons
Larger than our Moon or even the planet Mercury, Titan is an exciting place in our Solar System. This wonderful moon of Saturn and its atmosphere will be the subject of a special public presentation tonight, Friday, April 22 at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina. Dr. Sarah Horst from Johns Hopkins University will … More Titan: An Ideal Setting for Life?
After teaching for the public school system for ten years, the administration decided I needed teach a new subject, economics. This was a subject that was new to me as well as new to the curriculum. So in the Spring of 1985 I learned I would teach ninth grade economics. This dismal science was … More “Grand Unified Theories and the Inflationary Universe”
Cline Observatory, located on the Jamestown campus of GTCC will feature the Moon tonight in the free public observing session. There will be an Open House held in Science Hall Afterward the observatory will open. The Moon is the featured object for tonight. Other celestial objects that may get some attention include Jupiter and … More The Moon Tonight at Cline Observatory
Sometimes folks use the word “weight” instead of mass, but I know what you mean. Having spent my whole life on Earth, I’ve come to the point of equating the two in casual conversation. So astronomers tend to talk about “mass” as one aspect of a celestial object; planet, moon or star. So what’s the … More What’s the mass of that planet?
Do Suns have Three Lives? Main Sequence, Red Giant, White Dwarf In very broad terms, those are stages our Sun will evolve through as it ages and dies. The end won’t commence for 4 or 5 billion years, so we don’t need to panic. (In Part 1, I described how we have been … More Our Changing Sun (conclusion)
Main Sequence, Red Giant, White Dwarf In very broad terms, those are stages our Sun will evolve through as it ages and dies. The end won’t commence for 4 or 5 billion years, so we don’t need to panic. When I began teaching astronomy at Grimsley High School, one activity that was always a … More Our Changing Sun (part 1)
Observing Plan for Cline Observatory April 1, 2016 Our featured object for this April Fools Day will not be the astronaut footprints on the moon as previously announced. The recent rain has apparently washed them away. Instead, we plan to observe: Joe Mulholland’s Meteor: last reported in the 1880’s when a piece broke off … More Observing plans for Public Session at Cline Observatory on April 1, 2016