Just so you know, “annulus” means “ring”

Annular eclipse - almost there!

Hello, fellow Earthicans, On the evening of May 20, 2012, some lucky sky searchers got to see a relatively rare event - an annular solar eclipse.  In my searching for how to explain to my dear mother why this wasn't a "total solar eclipse" I found this site which does an amazing job, so I … Continue reading Just so you know, “annulus” means “ring”

Women in Planetary Science: Female Scientists on Careers, Research, Space Science, and Work/Life Balance

I recently stumbled across a couple of really interesting articles about imposter syndrome (the feeling that you are not good enough or smart enough and that at some point everyone is going to figure that out and kick you off the island), which I thought I’d share.  Imposter Syndrome is very common among scientists, particularly female scientists (I know I struggle with it), and knowing other people feel the same way helps, but maybe there is more we can do to help each other.

The first article Could imposter syndrome learn from sports? is by a post-doc with an interesting hypothesis that imposter syndrome is so prevalent in science because scientists in general are afraid to show weakness, we tend to hide our failures from colleagues and students.  As a consequence, it appears that everyone around you is always succeeding and you are the only one that keeps failing.  She…

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A little bit of Space Pr0n for you

So beautiful, isn't it? In 1572, astronomer Tycho Brahe noticed a new, very bright star had appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia, and this is what we see of it today. In fact, it was not a new star, but the explosion of a star which had originally been too faint to see with the naked … Continue reading A little bit of Space Pr0n for you

Science Education and Public Outreach – A super hot topic right now!

I had the privilege of being part of a discussion, via Twitter, with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye when they were in the White House for a science fair last month.  They were answering questions that people were tweeting at them, live.  The cool thing about that was that I could see what people … Continue reading Science Education and Public Outreach – A super hot topic right now!

Evolution of the Moon

At this point, we're pretty sure that our Moon, which is an unusually large one in our Solar System, was formed when a Mars-sized body crashed into the Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, during the formation of the Solar System. NASA has made this amazing video to show how our lovely companion went from … Continue reading Evolution of the Moon

Darwin : Biology :: Galileo : Astronomy

Evolution is so incredibly beautiful!  Soak yourself in this video, the Millennium Simulation of dark matter in the relatively local Universe: From the website of the creators: "The movie shows a journey through the simulated universe. On the way, we visit a rich cluster of galaxies and fly around it. During the...movie, we travel a … Continue reading Darwin : Biology :: Galileo : Astronomy