Tag Archives: Sun

Black Spidery things on Mars

Radiolab Blogland recently posted the piece below titled “Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe).” Read on! “You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface—looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly [...]

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Messier 9

“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 [10+05] individual stars shining in it. Messier 9, [...]

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Sun Joules

15,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules (or 1.5×1022 joules) represents the total energy released by the Sun striking the face of the Earth each day.

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Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Scientists have made an important discovery in their search for life outside of our solar system.  NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler mission discovered two planets, roughly the size of Earth, called Kepler-20e  and Kepler-20f. “They are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.”  Part of a five-planet system called Kepler-20, [...]

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12 (V solar panels and what they do)

What can a 12 V solar panel do? How can it help us? Below are some examples how 12 volt solar panels are described in BatteryStuff.com… Sunlinq 12V 25 Watt Solar Panel Foldable Durable, Lightweight flexible and foldable solar panels designed to maintain and charge your 12 volt battery and power most of your portable [...]

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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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(Element) 94 (and the future of the Space Age)

11.09.1967 Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, Africa, Sahara and Antarctica seen from Apollo 4 Image from NASA Element 94 on the Periodic Table is Plutonium. (10-12) “The isotope 233Pu was used in the American Apollo lunar missions to power seismic and other equipment on the lunar surface.”  On page 37 of NASA’s Fiscal Year 2010 -Performance and Accountability [...]

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Super Discovery by 10 year old

From CNN news…  “A 10-year-old Canadian girl will head back to school this month with a good case for some extra credit in science: She became the youngest person to discover a supernova during the holiday break. “Kathryn Aurora Gray of Fredericton, New Brunswick, spotted the exploding star, dubbed supernova 2010lt, on Monday from an [...]

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Ethereal Installation–100

Today a magical, ethereal, translucent orb gently sways in the center of the Eames Office! Sadly, this is the third balloon to be installed; both of its predecessors burst! The first weather balloon was featured in my September 13th post Just how big is our Earth?. May this wonder, touted as the most durable of [...]

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Just how big is our Earth?

This is an exhibition shot from Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Exhibition on Scale currently showing at the Eames Office in Santa Monica, California. Near the top of the photo, notice two large square images taken from the film Powers of Ten: the left image (10+11) depicts the inner solar system [...]

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