From Quarks to Quasars

Powdered Alcohol: Coming Soon to A Store Near You!
The U.S. is set to sell powdered alcohol! (learn how it’s made and where to get it): http://goo.gl/0mcPtj

Powdered Alcohol: Coming Soon to A Store Near You!

The U.S. is set to sell powdered alcohol! (learn how it’s made and where to get it): http://goo.gl/0mcPtj

Our Star: The Sun

The sun is more than just the force that fuels life on Earth, it is also an amazingly destructive force, or at least, it could be. Learn about our star at:
http://goo.gl/vxi8qW

Image via NASA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/sets/

Our Star: The Sun

The sun is more than just the force that fuels life on Earth, it is also an amazingly destructive force, or at least, it could be. Learn about our star at:
http://goo.gl/vxi8qW

Image via NASA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/sets/

A Simple But Mind-blowing Experiment: What Way Will the Balloon Travel?

This is an awesome video and (quite frankly) awesome parenting. You need to watch this. 
http://goo.gl/XN6Fhd

A Simple But Mind-blowing Experiment: What Way Will the Balloon Travel?

This is an awesome video and (quite frankly) awesome parenting. You need to watch this.
http://goo.gl/XN6Fhd

Jupiter: The Titan of Our Solar System

Two and a half Earths could fit inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot—the storm that rages across the largest planet in our solar system. Learn more amazing facts about this titan: http://goo.gl/Q8tPAC

Image via NASA

Jupiter: The Titan of Our Solar System

Two and a half Earths could fit inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot—the storm that rages across the largest planet in our solar system. Learn more amazing facts about this titan: http://goo.gl/Q8tPAC

Image via NASA

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/21/14 - Saturn Lit Up By the Sun

If you aren’t already familiar with this image, your life is incomplete  without you even knowing it. This is the first and most spectacular of  the images of  Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Unlike most of Cassini’s images, this one is completely different, for in this image, Saturn is eclipsing the sun. At the center of the image is the body of the gas giant, which in itself is partially lit by the reflection of light from its ring system. Of course, as you move away from center, the majestic rings shine with incredible brightness. Because of this, the image actually revealed the presence of a series of rings that were unknown to scientists at the time. 

And, if this image wasn’t already cool enough, it’s about to get cooler. Of course, you see the thick bright bands of Saturn’s iconic rings, and you see the slightly more separated, fainter ring system (i.e. the second farthest ring from the planet, or the G ring). In left hand side, near the 10 o’clock position, you’ll see a little dot. That is the Earth. “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.”

Can’t make Earth out? See here: http://goo.gl/kg3GTD

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/21/14 - Saturn Lit Up By the Sun

If you aren’t already familiar with this image, your life is incomplete without you even knowing it. This is the first and most spectacular of the images of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Unlike most of Cassini’s images, this one is completely different, for in this image, Saturn is eclipsing the sun. At the center of the image is the body of the gas giant, which in itself is partially lit by the reflection of light from its ring system. Of course, as you move away from center, the majestic rings shine with incredible brightness. Because of this, the image actually revealed the presence of a series of rings that were unknown to scientists at the time.

And, if this image wasn’t already cool enough, it’s about to get cooler. Of course, you see the thick bright bands of Saturn’s iconic rings, and you see the slightly more separated, fainter ring system (i.e. the second farthest ring from the planet, or the G ring). In left hand side, near the 10 o’clock position, you’ll see a little dot. That is the Earth. “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.”

Can’t make Earth out? See here: http://goo.gl/kg3GTD

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Make a Cosmic Ray Detector at Home and Test Relativity!

This experiment is safe, cheap, and easy to do either at home or in a classroom. Moreover, it has amazing implications and can be used in relation to a variety of topics. Learn how to conduct this mind-blowing experiment here:
http://goo.gl/CSGhJU

Image via WikiMedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nuclear_particle_in_a_diffusion_cloud_chamber.png

Make a Cosmic Ray Detector at Home and Test Relativity!

This experiment is safe, cheap, and easy to do either at home or in a classroom. Moreover, it has amazing implications and can be used in relation to a variety of topics. Learn how to conduct this mind-blowing experiment here:
http://goo.gl/CSGhJU

Image via WikiMedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nuclear_particle_in_a_diffusion_cloud_chamber.png

What Would Happen if You Threw a Peep out an Airlock? 

It essentially turns into an unrecognizable monstrosity. Click to watch the horror unfold:
http://goo.gl/cdFL0q

What Would Happen if You Threw a Peep out an Airlock?

It essentially turns into an unrecognizable monstrosity. Click to watch the horror unfold:
http://goo.gl/cdFL0q

5 Amazing Pictures of Undersea Monsters:

This fantastic creature is known as a bristle worm. It thrives in some of the harshest environments on Earth—from the coldest depths of the ocean to the scorching waters of hydrothermal vents. See more amazing images of marine monsters at:
http://goo.gl/sGuPDP

Image via Crassous/SPL/Barcroft

5 Amazing Pictures of Undersea Monsters:

This fantastic creature is known as a bristle worm. It thrives in some of the harshest environments on Earth—from the coldest depths of the ocean to the scorching waters of hydrothermal vents. See more amazing images of marine monsters at:
http://goo.gl/sGuPDP

Image via Crassous/SPL/Barcroft

Meteorite Jewelry from Vermont’s Jacob Albee

If diamonds, emeralds or rubies lack a certain type of flare, why not wear a piece of the universe around your finger or neck? Jacob Albee specializes in incorporating pieces of  meteorites into mesmerizing custom-made jewelry.  

See more of his designs, along with how they are made and why they are superior to conventional types of jewelry, here: http://goo.gl/pgH8y0

Images by:  Jacob Albee, Rick Levinson & Alex Williams

Meteorite Jewelry from Vermont’s Jacob Albee

If diamonds, emeralds or rubies lack a certain type of flare, why not wear a piece of the universe around your finger or neck? Jacob Albee specializes in incorporating pieces of meteorites into mesmerizing custom-made jewelry.

See more of his designs, along with how they are made and why they are superior to conventional types of jewelry, here: http://goo.gl/pgH8y0

Images by: Jacob Albee, Rick Levinson & Alex Williams

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/20/14 - NGC 1084

This galaxy, NGC 1084, is a picture of perfection. This newly-released remix not only features a close-up look at the galaxy’s monstrous central core, which is home to a supermassive black hole that could likely consume our entire solar system, but we can also see another feature that sets this galaxy apart from our own: its distinct lack of a central bar.

Read more about this galaxy, and see how it stacks up in comparison to other spiral galaxies, here: http://goo.gl/4cYAdt

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Smartt (Queen’s University Belfast), Acknowledgement: Brian Campbell

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/20/14 - NGC 1084

This galaxy, NGC 1084, is a picture of perfection. This newly-released remix not only features a close-up look at the galaxy’s monstrous central core, which is home to a supermassive black hole that could likely consume our entire solar system, but we can also see another feature that sets this galaxy apart from our own: its distinct lack of a central bar.

Read more about this galaxy, and see how it stacks up in comparison to other spiral galaxies, here: http://goo.gl/4cYAdt

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Smartt (Queen’s University Belfast), Acknowledgement: Brian Campbell