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A video about this Sunday’s Solar Eclipse…   Leave a comment

This youtube video is from the Morrison Planetarium / California Academy of Sciences.  It is a great overview of what happens during an eclipse and how to watch one safely.

Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZvLmV86GXk&feature=youtu.be

Astronomy Day – this Saturday!   Leave a comment

If you are in San Francisco, please join Astrono-me! Productions at the California Academy of Sciences to celebrate Astronomy Day, this Saturday 28 April 2012. There will be astronomy activities around the museum all day, and I will be there in the afternoon (around 3) creating pocket solar system models that you can take home with you.  Please stop by!

Astronomy Day started in Northern California in 1973.  It’s a chance for people to get to know the astronomy resources in their community.  It happens every year between mid April and mid May on the Saturday closest to the new moon.  This is so the sidewalk astronomers who set up telescopes for the general public won’t have to deal with the bright full moon blocking the fainter objects from their telescopes.  Most cities have many events going on, so check out what might be going on locally for you.

Jupiter, Venus and the Moon   Leave a comment

I hope you all have been enjoying the beautiful show in the sky the last few days. For those who don’t know, shortly after sunset you will see what appears to be two bright stars.  The lower, brighter one is Venus and the upper one is Jupiter. (I’m sure you can pick out the Moon.) Besides a lovely vista, why is this special?

The planets, unlike the stars, move ever so slightly from night to night. (Well, the stars move, too, but it isn’t visible with your eyes from Earth.) The word planet actually comes from the Greek word for “wanderer”.  The planets can appear to wander from our vantage point  as they move in their orbits and the Earth goes around the Sun.

So while the planetary motion is nothing supernatural, the view is out of this world!

This image is from earthsky.org. Enjoy. Image

Posted 28 February, 2012 by tjsummer in Uncategorized

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