Catching Up

Published April 3, 2014 by ashawnomy

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post.  We had our annual Science Fair last week.  I spent a lot of time helping to prepare our students as well as heading up the whole school event for the first time.  Still recovering.

Anyway, another episode of Cosmos aired, which was awesome as usual.  The episode was titled “A Sky Full of Ghosts” and focused on William Herschel and his son, John.  William explains to his son that we are looking at a sky full of ghosts because the light traveling from these stars takes time to make it across the huge distance of where they are to where we are.  In some cases, these stars have already exploded and are long gone by the time their light reaches us.  William also explains that when we look into space, we are looking back in time because of the reasons above.  Then, Neil talks about Black Holes and travels into one.  Very cool!

I have taken to watching the Cosmos episodes on Sunday night at 9:00.  Then on Monday, when we get home from school, I watch them again with my son.  He is so excited nowadays to watch and, even though I know a lot of it goes right over his head, I am greatly touched and proud that he loves looking forward to this show every week. Each time, he asks amazing questions that I make sure to take time and answer carefully.  The mind of the five year old still amazes and confounds me at the same time.  How can one person eat cheerios from beneath his seat and then ask questions about how a moon orbiting Saturn can have an atmosphere?  Blows me away.

Make sure to mark your calendars as there are 2 meteor showers coming up in April.  Look to my section on Meteor Showers for the updates.

One last thing for now.  This Saturday, April 5th from 8:30-9:30, if you are in the DC area, Rock Creek Park begins their season of Exploring the Sky.  Once a month, trained rangers bring out some nice telescopes to look at distance objects in the sky.  It’s totally free and informal.  I am hoping to be there myself, weather permitting.  Here is the link:  http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=224554-136211

Keep watching the skies!

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