Dear Solar System, Thanks for the Water

Yesterday was an interesting day for space rocks: Not only was there an asteroid that passed by the Earth at close range, but there was also a meteorite that blasted down in Russia. (Asteroids and meteors are both chunks of … Continue reading

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Asteroid Watch

I used to spend a lot of time gazing up at the sky but now…not so much. Truth be told, I spend the vast majority of my day (and night) staring at a computer screen. A friend posted the following link on Facebook: “House-Size Asteroid Comes Closer to Earth Than the Moon Friday: Watch Live”. Well. That headline got my attention. Seriously? A HOUSE-sized asteroid is coming CLOSER than the Moon? That’s kind of cool.

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Why is it Dark at Night?

My astronomer friend in Brazil posted this video to his Facebook page recently and I liked it so much I thought I’d share. It was created by Minute Physics. This video explores the question, “Why is the sky dark?” It kind of messes with your mind a bit because it starts off with an obvious answer that turns out to be surprisingly wrong.

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Why I Love the Pantheon

Oculus

The first time I visited the Pantheon, I went because it was listed in my guidebook as one of the major ancient Roman sites. I had no idea what I was in for. Despite the throngs of tourists around me, I felt as though I was alone in the temple, being held in a sacred space that was intimately bound to the sky. It was as though the oculus was an umbilical cord connecting Earth to the cosmos. That afternoon, I probably spent a couple of hours just sitting in the temple watching the beam of sunlight from the oculus slide around the dome and feeling at peace.

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Launch!

Happy equinox and welcome to my blog!

It seems fitting to me that I launch Astro Alima on an equinox because it is a day that represents equality. On this day, there are equal amounts of daylight and darkness everywhere on the Earth. It doesn’t matter if you are in Vancouver, Cairo, Santiago, or the North Pole – everyone has about 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night today. The equinoxes bring some natural balance back to a world that is filled with inequalities.

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