Shown above is arguably one of the most unique objects in our solar system. Located in The Kuiper belt, this dwarf planet was named after the place where researchers discovered it, Hawaii. What makes this dwarf planet special is its peculiar shape, giving it the nickname “santa”. But why is this one planet shaped likeContinue reading “Haumea – Goddess of Childbirth for The Kuiper Belt”
Growing up on earth with a singular sun, it is hard to imagine what life would be like with two (like the planet Tatooine in Star Wars) or more. In fact, many systems have been discovered with two suns and one was named in fact Tatooine. Furthermore, the planet HD 131399 was just discovered orbitingContinue reading “How many suns can a solar system have?”
Nuclear power has always been an interesting field to me, causing me to take the class “Nuclear Power” here at Vanderbilt with Dr. Strauss. In the course we cover both fission and fusion, and when we discuss nuclear power for energy generation it was almost entirely about fission. Fusion technology has really only been masteredContinue reading “Blog 3 – Nuclear Fusion and Climate Change”
Shown above is the Supernova Pictograph in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. This is a really interesting piece of archeoastronomy for me because I saw this pictograph in real life with my dad. The artwork is said to depict a supernova that occurred in 1054 AD and would have been visible in the New Mexico skyContinue reading “Archeoastronomy in Chaco Canyon”
Two solstices occur every year, one on June 21 and one on December 21. These are the two points on the ecliptic at which the distance from the celestial equator is maximized. As shown in this video , the summer solstice is the first day of summer and also the longest day of the year.Continue reading “Solstices!”
I chose the picture above of a poster I have that shows a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Hourglass nebula. I’ve had this poster since high school and its always been my favorite due to its interesting eyeball figure and many colored rings. The picture actually shows MyCn18 , a youngContinue reading “ASTRO 2110 Blog 0”
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.
This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”