There are five naked eye planets that you can learn to recognize in the night sky. These are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Unless you count the Earth. Learning to recognize them is quite easy for two reason. They all stand out from stars, they all shine brighter and flicker less. Also they each […]
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I travel a lot, and during my travels I have encountered many places where astronomy is a central part of tourism. Especially in the United States, in almost every state you can visit at least one observatory. Public observatories like Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, or Lowell observatory in Flagstaff dedicate themselves to being […]
Emily Carney has written articles for AmericaSpace, Ars Technica, and other online outlets throughout the last decade. She founded the Space Hipsters group on Facebook in 2011, and has her own spaceflight blog called This Space Available Scientific literacy is key to developing the critical thinking processes that are essential to fueling future […]
The pale blue dot. It’s what astronomer Carl Sagan called our home planet when he viewed it from the furthest vantage point a picture of Earth was ever taken. It’s also a beautiful speech, which many agree that everyone should listen very carefully to. The speech brings about a feeling that our problems might not […]
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for […]
To me it’s hilarious that there are still people who believe we didn’t land on the moon, despite the overwhelming evidence. But then so is the case with many things. Some people think the earth is flat, global warming, conspiracy theories. It’s sad really.