I am sorry this photo is of such poor quality but we had to eradicate as much light pollution as possible in order TO SEE THE RINGS OF JUPITER THROUGH THIS HANDMADE TELESCOPE OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY SATURDAY NIGHT.
Appy Hour: Night Sky Lite
Did anybody catch this New York Times article? It’s a great feature on stargazing apps for amateur astronomers and comes at the perfect time to help me prepare for our astronomy program this Saturday. Just hold your phone up to the night sky and it will help you identify constellations, galaxies, planets, and more. Remember - when you wish upon a star…I can’t remember the rest.
More information can be found here.
Every Thursday afternoon, we feature an app handpicked by our staff.
I just assembled one of these for our astronomy presentation tomorrow night.
Here is an actual sentence from the instruction handbook:
Now attach the two slow-motion cables to the R.A. and Dec. worm gear shafts of the equatorial mount by positioning the thumbscrew on the end of the cable over the indented slot on the worm gear shaft and then tightening the thumbscrew.
When astronauts return from space walks and remove their helmets, they are welcomed back with a peculiar smell. An odor that is distinct and weird: something, astronauts have described it, like “seared steak.” And also: “hot metal.” And also: “welding fumes.”
Our extraterrestrial explorers are remarkably consistent in describing Space Scent in meaty-metallic terms. “Space,” astronaut Tony Antonelli has said, “definitely has a smell that’s different than anything else.” Space, three-time spacewalker Thomas Jones has put it, “carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell.”
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I have never wondered what space smells like, but now it’s all I can think about. I’m looking forward to learning more about space during our Astronomy Presentation and Hands-On Night Sky Workshop next week. We just purchased two library telescopes!