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All Sky Camera Test, Jan 18th 2023
In the past weeks, we built a custom enclosure and mounted what's known as an "All Sky" camera (a camera pointed straight up with a 180 degree lens) on the roof of our house. We are currently working on adding the live feed to our website, so anyone can view the Tucson night sky in real time from anywhere in the world. This will be especially fun for the many annual meteor showers and other day/night events!
This video was our first test on January 18th. The actual camera were prepping will be MUCH higher quality
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On December 8th just after sunset, Mars disappeared behind the Moon for 31 minutes. We were out in our backyard to capture this extremely rare event with out favorite smart telescope, the Dwarf II telescope. Check out Mars being overtaken by the much-closer Moon!
The moon's gravity pulls at the Earth, causing predictable rises and falls in sea levels known as tides.
Currently, NASA is working hard to get back to the Moon. This is known as the Artemis Program. The previous program that got us to the moon on July 20th, 1969 was called Apollo. Artemis was Apollo's twin sister (in greek mythological stories), also known as the Goddess of the Moon. Nasa chose this because its obviously the perfect nod towards the legendary Apollo program.
Going back to the Moon will be no easy task. We aren't using those computers that are the size of a bedroom anymore. Technology has changed and its not as simple as using our more advanced computers with the same data. Luckily, NASA is allowing private companies to help build different components, spacecraft and computer systems to speed up the process, as the order from the president was to get the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. This will be extremely difficult to achieve, but with teamwork, anything is possible.
Sometimes when we ask people what their favorite planet is, they say Earth. This is always amazing to talk about because Earth is the ONLY planet that we know of in the entire visible universe that supports life. Here are some other fun facts about Earth:
Earth is the third planet from the Sun
The Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago
It is one of four rocky planets on the inside of the Solar System
Earth isn't flat, but it's not perfectly round either. Its bloated in the center
If you could separate the Earth out into piles of material, you’d get 32.1 % iron, 30.1% oxygen, 15.1% silicon, and 13.9% magnesium
70% of the Earth’s Surface is Covered in Water
Earth’s atmosphere is thickest within the first 50 km from the surface or so, but it actually reaches out to about 10,000 km into space
A year on Earth isn't 365 days exactly It’s actually 365.2564 days. It’s this extra .2564 days that creates the need for a Leap Year once ever four years. That’s why we tack on an extra day in February every four years
Earth rotates at approximately 1,000 MPH heading East. Without gravity, we would simply rise off the surface, never to return...
Because the Earth rotates East, the stars seem to move West across the sky. Many believe the stars are what's moving, but actually its Earth.
With a simple telescope, every object in the sky moves across the eyepiece, causing you to constantly adjust the mount to chase it. Fortunately, Starizona (the astronomy and nature company in Tucson AZ.) graciously donated a computerized telescope to our nonprofit. This kind of telescope aligns to the stars, via its internal computer and servo drive system to move very slowly to keep the object in the eyepiece. This also opens up the fantastic world of astrophotography! These are the kind of telescopes that we use at our events to maximize the possibility of inspiration.
If you have any questions, please message us!
SpaceX became the first privately owned company to launch Astronauts to the International Space Station with their Falcon 9 Rocket, and Crew Dragon Spacecraft in May 2020.
This was a Historic day. It was the first time in almost 50 years that American Astronauts launched on an American Rocket from American soil.
Arizona Meteor Crater Impact Site
The Earth’s atmosphere experiences millions of meteors every day
The fastest meteoroids travel through the solar system at a speed of around 42 kilometres per second (26 miles per second)
Around 500 meteorites reach the Earth’s surface every year but of those only around 5 ever make it to scientists for study
This giant ball of gas that spins fast, creating non-stop lightning storms 1000x more powerful than Earth's Lightning bolts, and 1,100 mph winds. Violent, yet beautiful with the largest ring in the solar system
Saturn has 9 major rings.
They are made up of billions of pieces of ice, from house size boulders to minute crystals.
Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system. About 764 Earths could fit inside Saturn
Our Very Own Star
The Sun is 4.5 Billion years old, about halfway through its life. ...
The Sun is a Yellow Dwarf, a relatively small star in the Universe
The Sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass in the solar system. ...
Over one million Earth's could fit inside the Sun. ...
One day the Sun will consume the Earth. ...
The energy created by the Sun's core is nuclear fusion. ...
The Sun is almost a perfect sphere. ...
The Sun is travelling at 220 km per second.