Tag Archives: solar system

Just A Sun-Day Drive Around the Galactic Neighborhood

This week I’m tackling the subject of our Sun’s motion through the Milky Way Galaxy and approximately how long one orbit is. The Milky Way Galaxy has two major spiral arms, named the Perseus Arm and the Scutum-Centaurus Arm.  There … Continue reading

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Blue and Green with Envy

In this week’s discussion topic, I attempt to answer the question “Why are Uranus and Neptune distinctly bluer than Jupiter and Saturn?” On Uranus and Neptune, the methane absorbs red, orange and yellow light, reflecting back the blue.  In contrast, … Continue reading

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Gas Giant Genesis

Which giant planet formed first? Short answer:  Jupiter Long answer:  Still Jupiter, but let’s dive in and take a more detailed look. Birth of a Gas Giant A long time ago in a solar system very near you, just 1 … Continue reading

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Newton and Neptune

My second post in my series of weekly discussion topics for my Introduction to Astronomy online class.  Last week I got up close and personal with the many sides of the Moon.  This week I take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Full Moon Merry Christmas

Tomorrow, just after six o’clock in the morning and just as the sun is rising, we’ll experience the first full moon to occur on Christmas Day since 1977.  I wasn’t even in high school yet in 1977 (although my husband … Continue reading

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Article: Hubble shows Jupiter’s triple solar eclipse

Hubble shows Jupiter’s triple solar eclipse http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/06/tech/hubble-jupiter-three-moons/ It was cloudy here in Kansas when this occurred. Thank Goodness Hubble never needs to worry about the weather. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, … Continue reading

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Tom J Martinez PhotoBlog: Comet Lovejoy near the Plieades

http://tomjmartinez.blogspot.com/2015/01/comet-lovejoy-near-plieades.html?m=1 Awesome photo taken by astrophotographer Tom Martinez over the weekend. I observed the comet several times with binoculars. Come down to Powell Observatory this Friday night to see the comet and other astronomical wonders. Posted from WordPress for Android … Continue reading

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