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Presenting My Research Poster at the DPS Meeting

Presenting My Research Poster at the DPS Meeting

For the past week, I've been in Provo, Utah, for the 49th meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. For the occasion, I put together a poster to give attendees a taste of a research project I've been working on: "Using...

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Upcoming Events and Site Updates

Upcoming Events and Site Updates

Although this blog site had a slow and quiet start almost three years ago, my recent eclipse blog series has drawn a surge of attention, and it now has over 1,000 subscribers. Thanks to all who have subscribed and who read my blog! Not only do I want to keep this...

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Cassini’s End

Cassini’s End

This Friday, the Cassini spacecraft, which has orbited Saturn since 2004, will end its mission by crashing into Saturn. It happens to be the Catholic memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is indeed a sad day to see Cassini go. This spacecraft has transmitted 635 GB of...

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Solar Eclipse in Retrospect

Solar Eclipse in Retrospect

  The two minutes and six seconds of totality I experienced were otherworldly. Time had paused and I was submerged into an ethereal reality. I had spent so much time preparing for this, and yet it passed by so quickly. As the Moon's shadow had approached from the...

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Solar Eclipse, Part 5: Temperature Drop

Solar Eclipse, Part 5: Temperature Drop

Bring a sweatshirt with you on August 21! During the eclipse, the temperature may change 1/2 or 3/4 as much as it regularly does at night, based on your location and climate. This will likely be 10-15 degrees, but it could be more. When the Moon blocks sunlight from...

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Solar Eclipse, Part 3: Eclipse Glasses

Solar Eclipse, Part 3: Eclipse Glasses

Looking at the Sun is usually a bad idea. Over the weekend I chatted with an optometrist, and he made it clear that permanent damage can be done to your eyes even if you don't feel any pain. Safe ways to observe the solar eclipse include making a pinhole projector or...

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Solar Eclipse, Part 2

Solar Eclipse, Part 2

Will the sky get dark enough during the eclipse for us to see other stars in the sky? During totality, yes! When the eclipse is total, the light that reaches us from the Sun is thousands of times dimmer than a partially eclipsed Sun. (This is why you should wear...

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Solar Eclipse, Part 1

Solar Eclipse, Part 1

Oh wow! This August 21, the Moon's shadow, a mere 60 to 70 miles wide, will flee across the United States in a reverse-Oregon-trail and continue through Charleston, South Carolina. If you are in the path of totality for this solar eclipse, you'll see the Moon blot out...

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Einstein’s First Forerunner: St. Augustine

Einstein’s First Forerunner: St. Augustine

  Today, August 28, the Catholic Church ordinarily celebrates St. Augustine's¬†feast day. This year, however, his feast is liturgically overshadowed since it fell on a Sunday. Nevertheless, it's still an appropriate¬†occasion to recall the contributions of St....

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Connecting Space to Village

Connecting Space to Village

NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have teamed up and have brought the world an initiative called SERVIR. Using satellite images of the Earth and other technology, SERVIR works with organizations in developing countries to forecast climate...

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