Archive for May, 2011

3D Solar System Simulator

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I have added a 3D Solar System Simulator to our web site.

Click here to see it.

SSS is Flash based 3D model of Planets of Solar System and the Night Sky.
The Model consists of 3 main Views (Heliocentric, Geocentric and Panaromatic), including:
• Precise Positions of all Celestial Objects according to NASA Calculations
• Schematic Distances and Sizes for better understanding of Planet Surfaces and Motions
• a unique feature to Drag Planets through their Orbits
• a lot of interesting Settings which allow you to Observe particular Motions and Events
• Distance Calculator to measure distances between Planets even while in motion
• Earth Observatory set-up with which you can watch Celestial Happenings on your Night Sky

SSS mean Astronomy for Everybody

Ensign Software – ESPL: Dances of the Planets

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

This remindes of the old days with my color pens and the spirograph where did I put that thing??

Source – Ensign Software – ESPL: Dances of the Planets

The planets in the heavens move in exquisite orbital patterns, dancing to the Music of the Cosmos.  There is more mathematical and geometric harmony than we realize.   The idea for this article is from a book Larry Pesavento shared with me.  The book, ‘A Little Book of Coincidence‘ by John Martineau, illustrates the orbital patterns and several of their geometrical relationships.  .

Take the orbits of any two planets and draw a line between the two planet positions every few days.  Because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet, interesting patterns evolve.  Each planetary pairing has its own unique dance rhythm.  For example, the Earth-Venus dance returns to the original starting position after eight Earth years.  Eight Earth years equals thirteen Venus years.  Note that 8 and 13 are members of the Fibonacci number series.

Click on the above link to read the rest of the article and see the neat graphs.

Boy Scout Day & International Astronomy Day (spring version)

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Boy Scout Day & International Astronomy Day (spring version)
The public is welcome at an open house celebrating earth science. Earth scientists and paleontologists will present fossil, mineral and rock ID, fossil sieving, fossil scribing, fossil digging, gold panning, metal detecting, map reading, analyzing ground water, dinosaur storytime, and dinosaur puppet shows at the Visitor Center. More scientists will speak at the world-famous track site and bone site and another 10 sites on the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. Astronomy Day will be celebrated with door prizes and activities such as solar observing, searching for iron meteorites, a meteorite collection, finding the north star in Daytime, a K-T Boundary Layer Specimen and understanding the Milankovitch cycles. Admission and hiking the trail are free. An optional shuttle bus costs $3 with ages 4 & 5 half price and 3 and under free. Activities are designed for Cub Scouts and Webelos to earn astronomy and geology awards and for Boy Scouts to earn the Geology Merit Badge. Scouts must register using a form on
Date: Saturday, 5/7/2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Dinosaur Ridge, 16831 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465

Brighton Astronomy Group at Brighton High School Science Palooza 2011…

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

We were invited to the Brighton High School 3rd Annual Science Palooza on April 28th.
Thanks to Orion Telescopes and NASA/JPL we were able to giveaway 4 Astronomy Videos and Posters for Door Prize and the top 2 in grade level best of show science project.
While awaiting the announcements for the awards to be giving out, Adam and Matt were giving out 3D Solar Poster with glasses to anyone who could answered some astronomy questions. I thought It would be fun to video and them post on the blog site. I also help out by doing gravity demonstrations using the NASA Night Sky Networks Black Hole Survival outreach kit.