A couple of times a year the Moon travels across in front of the planet Jupiter. This occurs as the plane of the solar system is roughly in line with the orbit of our moon but each planet and moon has its own little wobble or slight inclination to the plane and every now and then there is a noteworthy conjunction.
You are cordially invited to join the crew behind Science on the Half Sphere (Pat, Curt, and John) and me, for a night to remember at Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium. Get your tickets now! On Thursday, October 4, we’ll be premiering a new planetarium show called, “Cosmic Castaways.” This show tells the story of how galaxy interactions and mergers can leave stars abandoned in the voids between galaxies, and how we are able to find these stars through [...]
Today, we officially launched Asteroid Mappers which allows you to look at the amazing high resolution images that were taken of Vesta and start mapping the features!
I’m not techno-phobic, but I’m not exactly cutting edge, either. My phone is a “stupid phone,” my favorite computer is a ten-year-old Dell laptop (dinosaurian by anyone’s standards,), and I only check my Facebook account once in a blue moon. (Which means I’ll have to get to that tonight…) I ease myself into the waters of technology just a little at a time. My latest plumbing of the depths was to play around with my Twitter account. Just to see [...]
I’ve taught middle level students for a lot of years. The bane of my existence is the whiney teen-ager, attitude oozing out of every pore, that go-ahead-and-try-to-teach-me look firmly in place, asking my least favorite question: “When am I ever gonna hafta use this?” Do I paint a familiar picture? I twist myself into a pretzel on a regular basis to make sure everything I teach has a purpose in the futures of my students. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes not [...]
For my birthday, I treated myself to a walk in the woods. I started out in life as a botanist and birder and I don’t get out to remember my roots often enough. (All puns intended.) I started off on one of the university garden’s well-paved trails until I noticed a path that swooped off into the woods. It looked interesting and I was in a mood to explore, so I walked into the woods. And I walked. And I [...]