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ASTROPHYSICS

The Known Universe by AMNH

This is an amazing video, so fabulous for inspiration. Showing light traveling form earth in minutes, years and billlions of years and back again.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Finding Krypton

As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years. And it's clear that if he weren't a superhero he would have made quite an astrophysicist. Tyson

The red dwarf star designated for having the ability to support a Krypton-like planet is located in the constellation Corvus 27.1 light years from Earth. The star, designated LHS 2520, possesses a red, highly turbulent surface, somewhat cooler and smaller than the Sun. To find it in the night's sky, amateur astronomers and Superman fans can follow these coordinates:

 

J2000

Right Ascension: 12 hours 10 minutes 5.77 seconds

Declination: -15 degrees 4 minutes 17.9 seconds

Proper Motion: 0.76 arcseconds per year, along 172.94 degrees from due north

 

After viewing the video, I found myself asking a lot of questions.

How did you do that?

What is the LHS Catalogue?

What is the Hayden Planetarium about, do they have any other cool things there?

Can I look at the night sky with my own telescope?

How do telescopes work?

What is an Interferometer?

If I was Superwoman could I find a home planet for myself?

 

And here are some of the websites I researched.

 

Hayden Planetarium

The Hayden Planetarium is excellent images and resource which can be downloaded, educators guides, new discoveries. Take a look at the Digital Universe

 

LHS Catalogue

LHS Catalogue Find a Star

 

Dobsonian Telescope

Build your Own Dobsonian Telescope from the Original Sidewalk Astronomers and John Dobson. Join the group. See the videos grind the glass.

 

How Telecopes Work

From How Stuff Works - great explanation - great info to explore

 

SUSI

The Sydney University Stellar Interferometer (SUSI) is a long-baseline optical interferometer located approximately 20km west of the town of Narrabri in northern New South Wales, Australia.

 

 

NASA VOYAGER 1 ENCOUNTERS NEW REGION IN DEEP SPACE

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.

 

Follow the mission and get new updates and images from Voyager. When I looked Voyager 2 was 15,178,424,125 KM from Earth.

 

This is an amazing site with great images and video. It also gives details of the contents of the "Golden Record. What is that? Go here and find out.

 

NASA's The Space Place Tons of activities, facts, images, games and quizzes. Great looking site.

 

Scale of the Universe This is powerful interactive on the size of the Universe, the things within it and the speed of light. Some very big numbers here. Just a lovely resource.

 

© Cathy Brown 1998 - 2016