Category Archives: Space Sunday

Ramblings about space by Jeremiah.

Spacey Sunday: 5 Years a Star

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.

From Ceres to Europa: A “Space Sunday” Year in Review

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.

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Pale Yellow Dot, Saturn’s Biggest Moon

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!

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October Shut-Eye: A Double Dose of Eclipses!

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.

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Andromeda, the Jewel of the Night Sky!

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!

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Dancing the Jupiter Jitter: Exploring the Jovian Moons

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.

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