Archive for 'Science'
The UMN Institute of the Environment’s Sustainability Education program hosted a showing at the Bell Museum of “Catching the Sun” “a 2015 documentary film on the growth of the solar power industry. Directed by Shalini Kantayya, the film features portraits of diverse personalities and their roles in the transition to solar power” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catching_the_Sun_(film)). While there […]
The Supermoon was not looking very super when I saw it around 830pm (see photo) and then later around midnight. Bright, very bright, but just an average size. Not that there is anything wrong with an average moon, but sometimes I think it would be much nicer to have a few moons in orbit. #supermoon2016
I tried the new Virtual Reality lab in the library today. It was amazing. I figured it would be like some hokey video game, but it was so lifelike. In one game/simulation or whatever they are called, I was in the mountains and looking over the edge of a cliff and was told to walk […]
Happy World UFO Day! Yes, there really is a holiday for everything!
A beautiful nighttime launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 (its been a big couple of days for various Falcon spaceships around the galaxy), as it took off in from Cape Canaveral, Florida, separated into two parts (the cargo was 11 communications satellites destined for low-Earth orbit which flew on to deploy a couple of minutes later), […]
Tonight is the blood moon aka super moon aka #SuperBloodMoon aka eclipse. It wont happen again until 2033. Here is a bad photo of a cool eclipse taken with my iPhone 5s. I also saw a bunny outside not watching the eclipse. Its 71 degrees with a light breeze. Winter is coming, so enjoy the […]
My boarding pass for Mars! The boarding pass is for NASA’s InSight lander, scheduled for launch in March, 2016 and it “will listen to the heart of Mars to find the beat of rocky planet formation.” #JourneyToMars Here are also my Frequent Flyer Miles!
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has finally reached the planet formerly know as Pluto (now considered a icy dwarf planet). New Horizons left Earth back on January 19, 2006 and finally arrived today! Here is the blurb from the NASA fact sheet: New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity […]
On Friday May 1st (May Day) I was finally able to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Space exhibit with friends Cheryl and Bill. The exhibit “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” is very hands on with lots of videos, interactive items, NASA artifacts, and a mockup of the ISS bathroom! The blurb on the exhibit is […]
For Christmas 2014 I asked my Mom for a DNA kit from Ancestry.com to see where all the crazy relatives came from (you know your an adult when you ask for genetics testing for your Christmas gift!). Family history fascinates me and a while back I even had a genealogist friend do some research. The […]