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Stargazing

by Umair Qazi

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Stars have fascinated mankind for a very long time. Most humans do not worship them but observing them is no less than a religious experience. By merely facing upwards at night, we can contemplate on our minuteness. We are introduced to the vastness of the universe.

Stargazing is for the romantics. Movies have long portrayed lovers, lying on the beach at night, eyeballing and counting the stars. ‘My love for you will remain till these stars shine’ and countless other phrases invoke stars for the most pure human emotion: love. How accurate portrayal of human emotion the stars convey!

Stargazing is for ... more »

1956

by hdchiba

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

1956, I was 14 yrs old and what we did every day is go to the beach for fun. i remember at the beach staring at these individual bright lights zipping back and forth in the blue sky above. never before seen. we joked and laughed, but somewhere I began to wonder just what these circular bright objects might be? their flight patterns were totally unearthly. no, it was not the Sputnik the Russians sent up that year, although one could see it, the Sputnik, at night. one thought remained with me since then. it was a dream that i ... more »

Arsenica

by Pattie

May 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Thinking of the future.

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A curious mind

by Jesse Bishop

May 20, 2013 | 1 comments

Hello, my name is Jesse, but I prefer to be called James, a nick-name given to me by a coworker a few years ago. I'm 22 years old, and I live in a small town in Wyoming, where I feel very cut off from the rest of society. I've lived here my whole life, I've never even seen much of the world outside the Equality State. I am also not very educated, at least not in the American sense. I have never attended college. I started working right out of high school, but despite my background, I have always wanted ... more »

Star Wars made a geek out of me.

by Wes A.

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

As a kid, my parents were very adamant that I should read and not rot my precious meat computer in front of the TV watching music videos and playing video games. As a gift to help encourage that, my parents gave me paperback copy of the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope. I've dreamed of piloting a space craft, meeting alien races, exploring the secrets of the space, and traveling the Universe ever since.

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How many satellites have we put in orbit?

by Silvio Casagrande

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Good Day! A couple of days ago I gave a presentation to remember Yuri Gagarin's first manned Space Flight a the school of my kids. In the presentation for the 7 to 11 years old I received a lot of interesting questions (my toughest audience ever ;-) and one I'm not able to answer or know how to find a response. I found this: http://www.universetoday.com/42198/how-many-satellites-in-space/ and keep this one in My Favourite Links: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/09281400-whats-up-october-2012.html But is there any good number? Rockets launched that the payload reached orbit? Satellites outside Earth orbit? Military versus Scientific versus Commercial? Manned versus unmanned? Thanks ... more »

Six decades of observing

by Thomas P. Busemeyer

May 20, 2013 | 1 comments

At age 18 in 1950 I purchased my first telescope--a 4" aperature Edmund Scientific reflector. What absolute joy it brought to my eyes!

Some years later I viewed beautiful Saturn through a star party member's 8 inch homemade reflector. I was struck enlightened (if not dumb). I later purchased a Goto Mfg. Co. 60 mm refractor ---a true jewel which set me to start a log book of observed items which I still keep up using my Meade ETX 125 in my home built 8'-0" diameter domed observatory.

Having gotten a BS in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (1958) my senior ... more »

Hi, I'm Ryan

by Ryan Barton

April 1, 2013 | 0 comments

I just F***ing love science.

That's all :)

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My Hope for A Brighter Future-by Allen C.

by Allen C.

April 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Hello I am Allen and since I was 7 years old I have always been facinated by space exploration and all the possibilities, at the time I started watching Star Trek The Next Generation and I was hooked. My father beeing a man of science taught me alot about space and the chances of life on other planets. I am 28 and still a Star Trek fan. I believe that a future where we may work together with beeings from other worlds to explore the mysteries of the universe is a great and wonderous opportunity one to great to pass. ... more »

THE ACID TEST OF FINAL FAREWELLS

by Roger Peter Elsinger

March 18, 2013 | 0 comments

gramparaja's Blog The acid test of final farewells March 10, 2013 15 years ago I missed a turn and drove off a 30 foot cliff knowing absolutely that I would not survive when it was over. I had often wondered through the years what I would say or do when facing certain death and I found out at that time. My wife was riding with me and as we went airborne I heard myself say "oh, sweetheart"... In that short moment airborne... And utter complete mental silence. 8 feet of snow saved our lives a second later. A week ago ... more »

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