FLATs: A Congressional Gold Medal

December 7, 2018: At the dawn of the space age, a curious doctor wondered if women could withstand the harsh conditions of space as well as men. The First Lady Astronaut Trainees (commonly known as “The Mercury 13”) were tested at Dr. Lovelace’s clinic in the early 1960s and their story continues today. I first . . . → Read More: FLATs: A Congressional Gold Medal


July 8, 2015: WUPPE! Yes, it was as fun as it sounds! and I cannot believe that 20 years has passed since its last flight.

In May 1995, the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Kennedy Space Center on STS-67 carrying a suite of ultraviolet telescopes on board: one from Goddard Spaceflight . . . → Read More: WUPPE!

Oh, Venus…

June 5:  Today is an exciting day for Astronomy!  For the last time until 2117, we will be able to see Venus transit the Sun.  Even though Venus will be small compared to the Sun’s diameter, clear skies and filtered telescopes should allow us to witness this very rare event.

Since Venus is closer . . . → Read More: Oh, Venus…

Odds and Ends

Last week during class we watched the really excellent videos made by the current Phys 105 students, non-science majors who are taking Astronomy.  As usual, I was impressed by their creativity and attention to details in the script.  Mostly I was impressed by how well they took technology and manipulated it to . . . → Read More: Odds and Ends