CosmoQuest’s forums are built on the heritage of the Bad Astronomy and Universe Today (and resulting BAUT) forums. Over the many years of it’s existence, these forums have repeatedly come under attack by spammers who are seeking to increase their Google Rankings by leaving links on our blog. In a few cases, hackers have broken our...
Cross-posted at School of Doubt. I love hands-on science demos. One of my favorites is the “Make your own comet” that I often do for public events with kids, adults, anyone! I perfected my comet making skills while I was a part of Dark Skies, Bright Kids in Virginia, and I’ll share the not-so-secret recipe with you here. It’s fairly simple… once you practice it and get the mixtures right. It is also being included in the new CosmoQuest unit [...]
We regularly get listings for opportunities that just might be perfect for you. As we do, we’ll try and pass them along here on the blog. Please, let us know in the comments if you end up taking advantage of any of these programs! Coming to an Internet Connection near you! The Johns Hopkins Planetary Investigators Program The program is free and open to teams of students across the country, high school through college. The program provides students with authentic [...]
How might Carl Sagan have enjoyed the use of social media to spread the knowledge and wonder of science if he was around today? On this Carl Sagan Day, a group of humans with a shared passion for the cosmos made this little video as a tribute in a way that he may have enjoyed. With billions and billions of thanks to Ryan Consell for the idea, the production, and the wrangling of all these lovely people in such a [...]
Big science means big collaborations these days. Often, it takes many institutions and partners to probe the Universe deeper than ever before. Astronomy has been moving into the arena already occupied by physicists where it takes a big international collaboration to build a really big instrument. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) began as a dream, in a way. It was a wish that radio astronomers had to construct a full square kilometer of collecting area for one radio telescope. No [...]
I’m at GeekGirlCon this weekend, and one panel is all about edible astronomy demos. Though the level of edible-ness is arguable in specific cases, they are all made of food in some way. So here are a few ways you can bring the Universe down to you using things you’ll find in the grocery store. From the panel: Oreo Moon Phases (pdf): This is a classic quick activity that can be done with Oreos. Though it is not as illustrative of [...]
I’m a geek. I’m a girl (well, colloquially speaking). I love cons. So when we had the chance to go to GeekGirlCon for some guerrilla outreach, I was thrilled! This weekend, I’ll be taking part in GeekGirlCon in Seattle, WA. Here’s where you can find me and CosmoQuest during the con: Saturday, 9am-6pm, location TBA – I’ll be at the DIY Science Zone for most of the day! There will be all kinds of science activities to participate in, including [...]