For this Throwback Thursday, I’d like to open with a classic movie scene:
Well, don’t worry, the world won’t end, but I can promise you an epic, blood red moon! There will be a super moon, a blood, moon, and a lunar eclipse all on the same day on September 27th, and I can’t wait to see it!
Read more about it here at Space.com http://www.space.com/30546-supermoon-blood-moon-total-lunar-eclipse.html
If you want to read more about and red moons, click on some of my previous posts below.
NASA History Office on Twitter: “#Today in 1687, Newton’s “Principia” was published, stating his laws of motion & gravity http://t.co/bXFrork3e6 http://t.co/u7lb3m3zQZ”
Check out a great moment in astronomical history: https://mobile.twitter.com/NASAhistory/status/617747276635635714
I’m working on how to cast your own horoscope, so I found this incredible online exhibit post from the Mutter Museum in Philly. They specialize in all kinds of weird medical stories and abnormal skeletons and things like that. Fortunately, they also specialize in Astrology! Check out this post: http://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/exhibits/show/astrology
As I’m sure you probably know, this is the very day that NASA’s Rosetta spacecraft has landed on a comet to peer into an object that has fascinated and terrified humanity for thousands of years! If you click on the link below, you can see the official NASA page of the mission, with pictures, a timeline, and video coverage of the mission.
In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve created a short presentation for you about comets. Feel free to use it in class, but please give me credit!
I’ll be writing more later in the week about the significance of this mission, but for now, enjoy this presentation, and enjoy watching this incredible mission online!
Here are my best posts on Halloween:
- History of Halloween, NEW
- My exploration of the myths of Werewolves! https://memiorsofanastronut.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/new-page-astronomy-myths-and-legends-new-wolf-moon-hooowl/
- Harvest Moons: https://memiorsofanastronut.wordpress.com/2013/09/
Well, after a 10 month absence, I’ve decided to get back to work on this blog. I do so because I love astronomy, and want to continue learning about it and sharing it with people. If you’re wondering why I stopped, the answer is that I left Primland resort in order to start a new life with my beautiful wife. It was an honor and privilege working at the resort, and if you get a chance to go, I definitely recommend it. I simply chose to look at the stars somewhere closer to home. That said, this blog will continue and I will post weekly whenever there is an astronomical event that sparks my interest.
I found a great video from DeepSky Videos.com, where an astronomer probes the depths of a beautiful dwarf galaxy that is encircling our own like a comet. Only recently has NASA been able to penetrate this galactic cloud, and here are some of the facts about this unique object:
Magellanic Clouds (and Apollo 16) – Deep Sky Videos
That’s right, you heard me. Only a few hours ago, pop star, activist, and all around weirdo performance artist Lady Gaga, confirmed that she will be the first artist to perform IN SPACE, as part of the Virgin Galaxy’s maiden voyage in 2015. This will also mark the first ever commercial flight into space, which is certainly cause for celebration. I for one am enthusiastic about this new artistic presence in space. and glad that they picked someone as out-of this world as Gaga. For one thing, if the ship is commendeered by aliens, she’ll probably speak their langugage 😉
For more info on Gaga’s flight, please click here: http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/132316/Lady-Gaga-Confirms-She-WILL-Become-First-Artist-To-Perform-In-Space
For more info on the Virgin Galactic Flight Project, click here: http://www.virgingalactic.com/