Do you believe in astrology? Almost every semester I have a student or two asking about astrology. They know it’s different from astronomy, the college course I’ve been teaching the last ten years. I imagine one could wonder “What kind of differences are there between astrology and astronomy? ” “The words are so similar; … More How accurate is astrology?
Winter Constellations Trivia Quiz This constellation contains the first eclipsing variable discovered (Algol) It is also the radiant for one of the best meteor showers, this one from Comet Swift-Tuttle, peaks August 11-12. This constellation contains an Open Cluster (OC) whose Japanese name is Subaru It’s also the site of the 1054 Supernova that created … More How well do you know your Winter Sky? DanSmitsSalon does!
Astrophysics for People Who Have Time? After reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I began to wonder. What information was left out for brevity’s sake? What questions were left unasked, or unanswered? What topic and concepts were glossed over or ignored all together? I enjoyed this book; I enjoy … More Astrophysics for People Who Have Time
Time What do we call the duration of 9, 192, 631, 770 cycles of the radiation from the transition between two hyperfine levels n the ground state of caesium -133? Answer: A second What do we call the time between successive transits of the Sun across an observer’s meridian? Answer: apparent solar day What do … More Time
As an astronomer I am very happy observing the sky and trying to understand some of the details. Astrophysicists and Cosmologists are working way above my pay grade, they uncover clues as to the state of the universe and the stuff in it. I like to observe. I’ve got a couple telescopes and I’ve been … More Observing the Position of the Sun
Speear40 is the leader in our Trivia contest. Held on Periscope on Monday mornings, the contest includes questions about astronomy. balsawood is running a very close second. with mecandy in third. Player Previous December 11 TOTAL Speear40 8 4 12 balsawood 5 5 10 mecandy 7 0 7 GhandhiJopandy 3 0 3 ATAO94 2 2 … More Speear40 Leads Trivia Contest
Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, 2008 After I read this book late summer, I set it aside for a time The contents of Outlier seemed challenging to absorb. For a couple months now, I’ve been reading other books while letting the message in “Outliers” percolate. I do agree with Malcolm … More “Success walks hand in hand with failure”
Directions: Predict when, on a one-year calendar, each event would occur. (1 pt. each) Working with others, use the Internet to determine how long ago each event happened. Use reputable sources (NOT Wikipedia) and look for independent confirmation. Write 2 sources in events column for each event. (1 pt. each) As a group, calculate the … More Scale Model of the History of the Universe
On November 20 we finished our Sun trivia questions on Periscope. Below is my scoreboard for our contest Congrats to speear40 for having the high score cumulative score. Periscope name 16-Oct 23-Oct 30-Oct 06- Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov speear40 1 2 2 2 mecandy 1 1 2 … More Trivia Scoreboard after the Sun
Monday’s trivia contest on Periscope had some exciting conversation. Congrats to both @balsawood and @GhandhiJapandy for both correctly answering three questions. I host “Let’s talk astronomy” on Periscope at 8 am on most Mondays and 8 pm most Wednesdays. We talk about astronomy and have a little fun while doing so, Mondays we play a … More Moons of the Solar System: Astronomy Trivia Scoreboard