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Hi from Adelaide South Australia

by Robert Hart

May 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Hi everyone I'm a new member, from Adelaide South Australia and really appreciate the work of the Planetary Society. My day time job is the CEO of a NGO that provides employment for people with disability. In my spare time I enjoy astronomy, electronics and science. I'm an active member of a number special interest groups and enjoy educating others about electronics and science.

Current projects include Cosmic Ray Detection, X-ray Crystallography and High Voltage. Some of my projects are detailed on my website www.hardhack.org.au

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Transit of Venus, 2012

by Elizabeth Colter

May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

My Father and I wanted to see the transit of Venus when it was happening, and our sun filter for our telescope was broken. He taught me how to use the projection method to see the transit and it was amazing! I will upload the second picture as another story, to show what the projection method shows!

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Transit of Venus, 2012 Projection Method 2

by Elizabeth Colter

May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Our sun filter broke, so my Father showed me how to use the projection method to see the transit. The giant lit circle is the SUN! The smaller dark spot near the edge is Venus, making its transit across the sun. If you look closely, you can see sunspots in the middle!

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A biochemist's place in space

by Amber Lucas

May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

I've always been a person who was very involved in science, specifically chemistry and biochemistry. These sciences differ from astronomy in a great deal. In biochemistry, we are looking at extremely small details. The bonds between proteins in the body, the mechanism of catalysis in different chemical reactions, the regulation of different genes in the body, etc. I was spending the majority of my time thinking on a scale that was much smaller than I was, thinking about all these processes that were occuring in my body all the time. All these processes that were so close to me, and ... more »

My Toys are Clothespins

by Brent Horner

April 25, 2014 | 0 comments

As a young boy I remember helping my father work on the car while listening to the radio. We were listening to the radio when we heard that the first man had set foot on the moon. Pride as an American is hard to describe at that point in a young boys life. My father stood up taller, smiled more, and decided to take the family to Florida to see "space" up close. Two weeks later we were at Kennedy's space center. Seeing the rockets up close brought home to me the romance of outer space. My father allowed me ... more »

The Vehicle Assembly Building

by Tom Bruno

March 28, 2014 | 0 comments

There are places on this planet that almost sound fictional. I visited the Kennedy Space Center this weekend and took a bus tour to some of the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building (or the V.A.B). The building is enormous. Saying that it once held the most interior volume of any man made building and that it housed rockets used to put men on the moon and into outer space makes it sound like something in a science fiction novel. Yet, there it is, in Florida, and there it lives up to it's epic status. The tour guide explained ... more »

US Astronaut Hall of Fame

by Tom Bruno

March 25, 2014 | 1 comments

I am with a team of animators working in Atlanta for a few weeks, my usual home is in Los Angeles. I realized this location offered me an opportunity to travel to the Kennedy Space Center, provided I either booked a flight or rented a car to drive 7 hours. One of my co-workers agreed a road trip sounded fun and tagged along, so we decided to spend a little extra and rent a Camaro for the trip. I had never been to KSC or the Astronaut Hall of Fame, so this trip was extra special for me. My dad ... more »

We are all astronomers

by Henry Towers

March 22, 2014 | 1 comments

The night sky lures us, as it always has. Some of us answer its call more vigorously than others, but we all hear it.

On a few occasions, I accompanied a friend of mine to a desolate spot off Southern California’s Ortega Highway, where we set up his small telescope.

I would assist him as he would make meticulous adjustments, and then point his instrument to several interesting targets.

We would then spend several hours peacefully contemplating the universe, much as our ancestors have done for as long as we have been human.

Unlike them, though, we did not have to resort to inventing ... more »

Gamma Ray Pulsar Discovery and The Planetary Society

by Hans Peter Tobler

February 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Dear fellow members: As a member of the Planetary Society team number crunching for Einstein@home I can proudly announce that my computer helped to discover the previously unknown 4.80 Hz Gamma Ray Pulsar J1932+1916 in data collected by the Fermi Gamma-Ray space telescope. The data were collected on 19 September 2011.

Given this example I would like to urge other Planetary Society members to join in the efforts of Einstein@home and SETI@home. There is significant chance that your efforts may lead to real scientific discovery!

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It started with a Moon

by Ben Haller

February 18, 2014 | 0 comments

As a child I always loved science fiction and my toys, as well as my favorite movies, reflected that intensely. Despite my love for space it wasn't until I was maybe 10 years old that I actually looked towards the sky.

Sure I'd seen the Moon and stars before but one night in particular I had borrowed my father's binoculars which were fairly nice since he was and still is an avid bird watcher. I decided to go outside and noticed a nearly full Moon was up in the high eastern sky. I went over to the hood of the car ... more »

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