Monthly Archives: August 2011

(Clouds at) 40 (,000 feet)

20,000 feet = 6,096 meters (10+3 ) 40,000 feet = 12,192 meters (10+4 ) 60,000 feet = 18,288 meters (10+4 ) Cirrus (Ci), Cirrostratus (Cs) and Cirrocumulus (Cc) are always the highest out of low, middle and high clouds.  The temperature of the air (polar ice cap vs. equator) determines the elevation of the clouds.   [...]

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41 (.7 knots)

41.7 knots = 21.5 meters per second = 48 miles per hour Conversions

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42 (67 meters)

Map of Top 10 Largest Oceans and Seas  Map from Maps of the World ———————————————————————- How many oceans are there on earth? According to National Geographic, there is ‘one world ocean’ but that most geographers separate it into 4 oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic.  The Pacific is the largest and deepest of the [...]

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43 (rd parallel north)

Today the path of Hurricane Irene crossed over the 43rd parallel north of the equator in the United States (New York, Vermont and New Hampshire).  As Hurricane Irene continues to sweep across the East Coast of the United States and causes major devastation in its path, here is a description from the Hurricane Preparedness – [...]

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44 (pounds 6 ounces)

Usually you see lobsters at the market that range from 1 to 2 pounds.  The largest lobster caught on record was 44 pounds 6-ounce in 1977 off the coast of Nova Scotia!

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(Magnitude -)4.5 (for Venus)

Magnitude is a very important detail about meteors. From American Meteor Society:  “In meteor astronomy the magnitude of a meteor is compared to that of other stars in the sky. The magnitude scale is set up so that the brighter magnitudes are actually represented by smaller numbers.”  The sun has a magnitude of -26.7 while [...]

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46 (seconds, 3,000 bricks and 1 LEGO Face)

3,000 Bricks, 46 Seconds, 1 LEGO Face Powers of 10 project Build with… 1 brick (100) 10 bricks (10+1) 100 bricks (10+2) 1,000 bricks (10+3) How many bricks does LEGO produce every year? How many bricks are at a Legoland park? 10,000 bricks (10+4)? 100,000 bricks (10+5)? 1,000,000 bricks (10+6)?

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(Asteroid 2003 QQ) 47

From NASA – September 3, 2003 Asteroid 2003 QQ47′s Potential Earth Impact in 2014 Ruled Out “Newly discovered asteroid 2003 QQ47 has received considerable media attention over the last few days because it had a small chance of colliding with the Earth in the year 2014 and was rated a “1″ on the Torino impact [...]

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4.8 (on the Richter Scale)

Richter scale “A logarithmic scale used to rate the strength or total energy of earthquakes. The scale has no upper limit but usually ranges from 1 to 9. Because it is logarithmic, an earthquake rated as 5 is ten times as powerful as one rated as 4. An earthquake with a magnitude of 1 is [...]

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49 (ers)

The Gold Rush drew a massive global migration to California in 1849.  Those seekers were called 49ers. For a Powers of 10 project, you could make a global map that showed the vast distances people traveled to get to California.  You could focus on San Francisco and see how the city changed in population, and [...]

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