Archive for March, 2010

Hubble IMAX 3D: Starts This Weekend

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This weekend is the release of the Movie Hubble IMAX 3D. During the last service mission for the Hubble Space Telescope, an IMAX 3D camera was along for the ride.

Here is a youtube trailer for the movie.

The Path of Light: Generation of Dreamers

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This is a couple of Youtube videos from Celestron. That focuses on Celestron’s founder, Tom Johnson, an electrical engineer, who developed the techniques for mass producing Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes, making these powerful astronomical instruments accessible to amateur astronomers.

Very inspiring, and Educational

“The Path Of Light” is a documentary celebrating astronomy, telescope making and human ingenuity.

Happy PI Day…

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Just realized today is Pi day 3.14, Pie of the mathematical kind.

Here are some Pi Jokes to go along with it.

Mathematician: “Pi are squared”
Student: “No teacher! Pies are round, cakes are square!”

Question: What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?

Answer: Pi in the sky by and …by.

Q: What do you get when you take green cheese and divide its circumference by its diameter? A: Moon Pi.See More

Here is a clip from Star Trek to go along with PI Day…

Watch Asteroids: Deadly Impact !

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I thought with all of the discussion  about major leading scientist now releasing there conclusion about the Chicxulub crater on the Mexican coast being the cause of the dinosaurs mass extinction some 65 million years ago.  I would post this 55min video about Meteor impacts form National Geographic. It also covers the Shoemaker-Levey 9 that collided with Jupiter in July 1994, and discusses what happens when a mountain size asteroid collides with the Earth.  Eugene Shoemaker passed away July 18, 1997 from a car accident in Australia. He was there looking for previously unnoticed or undiscovered meteor craters. On July 31, 1999, some of his ashes were carried to the Moon by the Lunar Prospector space probe. This makes him the only person to have been buried on the Moon. This will make more since when you watch the video.

The brass foil wrapping of Shoemaker’s memorial capsule is inscribed with images of Comet Hale-Bopp, the Barringer Crater, and a quotation from Romeo and Juliet reading

“And, when he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun

Watch Asteroids: Deadly Impact | Watch Free Documentaries Online | SnagFilms.

NASA: Chile Quake Shifted Earth's Axis, Shortened Day – AOL News

Monday, March 1st, 2010

NASA: Chile Quake Shifted Earth’s Axis, Shortened Day – AOL News.

“The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds [millionths of a second],” Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Bloomberg. “The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds [about 8 centimeters or 3 inches].”