Christine, here, taking a shot at Spacey Sunday! Jeremiah’s much better at this than I am, and provides more details than I do. However, I just couldn’t NOT share this wonderful video with you all.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory five-years-in-the-making video about our favorite star: the Sun. Keeps us alive, you know.
Over 200 million images in various wavelengths were compiled into a five-minute video. It depicts our sun as it bubbles and burns, hurling out fantastic flares as if giant firebenders were dancing on its surface. The video makes it seem both delicate and majestic. I hope you enjoy it.
Ah December, it’s a time for holidays and for the past to be remembered. As we look forward to the New Year, we also tend to look back at all that was achieved and learned in the past 12 months. I’m no exception to that tendency, and today I’m going to have a look back at some of my favorite stories in space from this year. I’ll narrow it down to just my top three.
Continue reading From Ceres to Europa: A “Space Sunday” Year in Review
Hello all, this week I want to make a little PSA about NASA. This is an agency that has received less and less funding each year. One problem with that is that its goals are doing just the opposite: expanding more and more.
Continue reading A Penny For Space
Hey there folks, a couple of weeks ago I discussed the Jovian moons. I want to continue on that trend of interesting moons today. So, where do we go from Jupiter? Why, to Saturn, of course! Saturn has some crazy moons–62 currently. Many of these are just tiny little fellas, and some have complex interactions with the rings around the planet. Only two of them are big enough for hydrostatic equilibrium (massive enough to be round). These are Titan and Rhea. Today, its gonna be a short article (I’m running on a crazy schedule!), so I will discuss Titan today!
Continue reading Pale Yellow Dot, Saturn’s Biggest Moon
When thinking about space stuff, a lot of people–and even movies and television–like to visit the intense, adrenaline pumping action that are supernovae. Well, today I want to let you in on a little secret. That is just one kind of a nova!
Continue reading Explosive Space, Going Super!
Hey everyone, I know it’s been quiet around here for a little while. But, I wanted to let you know that Space Sunday is back, at least for now it is!
Continue reading Space Sunday Returns! Plus a Look at Siding Spring
October is almost here! This month brings us two great events, and no, one of them isn’t Halloween. But during this year’s month of spooks we get to see a lunar AND a solar eclipse! These are one of the more fun things to observe about space. They are fairly frequent, and their happenings are easily predicted. Plus, the moon is red during a lunar eclipse, like, how cool is that.
Continue reading October Shut-Eye: A Double Dose of Eclipses!
If you were here last week, you’ll know that I talked about the visible stars in the sky. Today, we will be looking at something else visible to us. The Andromeda Galaxy, or NGC 224, or M31 (a Messier object for ya, Christine). This is one of the few objects visible to the naked eye that is not a star!
Continue reading Andromeda, the Jewel of the Night Sky!
Hello again. It’s Sunday! Time for me to show you something about space. Be ready, because today I will blow your mind with some notes and thoughts about the relative sizes and distances of the stars!
Continue reading Stars Upon Stars: Taking in the Night Sky!
Greetings! Today I want you to think about Jupiter. It’s such a large planet; we can barely comprehend its size. It is the second largest known object in our solar system–the only thing bigger in size and mass is the sun! But what I really want to talk about are the moons of Jupiter. Think about how alien, how different the landscape is compared to that of our single moon. Now Jupiter, he’s got 67 different moons! Granted, a majority of them are just asteroids captured in its orbit. But the main point I want to discuss, are the four big moons of Jupiter. They are referred to as the “Galilean” moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto.
Continue reading Dancing the Jupiter Jitter: Exploring the Jovian Moons