Most recent update: 2/16/2012
If you ever have science questions, Allen is happy to take them at
429-4444, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been trying to figure out why we received so much snow
earlier this winter, you might want to check out the link listed below
from the folks at NASA. They discuss the reasons for our early
snow dump as well as the deep cold temperatures and heavy snows now
I wanted to share a short video
segment with you that was made by the BBC. A student in the
marine biology class at Cordova High School discovered it on the
internet. You might want to check it out......The things that
happen in nature are truly amazing!
If you like seeing images that
space craft have taken while looking down on Earth from space, you
might like to check out this recent NASA link listed below.... The
image was taken at night from the International Space Station and shows
the lights of several major cities in the Midwestern U.S, lightning
from a thunder storm and aurora in the Earth's upper atmosphere.
If you look carefully in the upper part of the photo, you can see the
underside of the International Space Station too......Allen
I thought you might like to check
out this new type of 3D technology. I did some research on this
subject and this video is legitimate! Pretty amazing technology
we have available these days! At just $5,000.00 and weighing less
than 100 pounds, this could be your next printer!
Just click on the link below and start the short video!
For all of you in Cordova that
are bird lovers, I thought you might like to check out this short three
minute video about a young man that rescued an injured baby
hummingbird. After nursing it back to health, it decided to stay
with him........Quite an amazing and inspirational video for young
folks to see! The link is listed below...........
The advanced space station robot we talked about on the 2/1/11 talk show
Learn more here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/31jan_r2/
COMET ENCOUNTER UPDATE: NASA's
Deep Impact (EPOXI) probe has just completed its 435 mile flyby of
Comet Hartley 2's nucleus. The spacecraft has turned its high-gain
antenna toward Earth and data are being transmitted to mission control
at JPL. The first raw images have just arrived and, even without
processing, they are spectacular:
Fluke Footage Catches Whale In
For years, longline fishermen in Alaska have complained that whales
have been stealing their sablefish catch. A team of researchers,
including Aaron Thode, Delphine Mathias and Jan Straley, mounted a
video camera to a fishing line and caught a sperm whale stealing.
Thode, a research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
explains what the video reveals about whale behavior.
Seeing Through The Eyes Of An
Sam Easterson has refined the art of the critter cam. He is the curator
of the Museum of Animal Perspectives--an online repository of
remotely-sensed wildlife imagery. All the footage comes from cameras
implanted in the landscape or strapped to the backs of animals.
CDV HS Arizona Geology Trip pt 1------ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgusrcXQ8SY
CDV HS Arizona Geology Trip pt 2------ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9y_q6XsLHE
Summary: Solar activity continues to increase after a two-year
solar minimum that ranks among the century's deepest. The return of
sunspots and a resurgent solar wind is good news for aurora watchers,
who are seeing some of the best displays since 2006.
Photo by Grant Bisset was taken near Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo,
New Zealand. 0806:24 UTC
Canon 5D, 35mm lens @ 2.8, for 20 sec ISO 1600 - "1st Aurora I
have seen of this Solar Cycle".
Field Notes audio
program -- received 5/20/2010 -- CLICK
Summertime doesn’t have to mean
hours behind the lawn mower, at least for shade-dwellers. David Benner,
horticulturist and moss enthusiast, cut grass out of his life 40 years
ago. In its place, he cultivated moss. He now has 25 different species
of moss growing on his property near New Hope, Pa. Benner, whose son Al
Benner runs Moss Acres, shares tips for moss cultivation.
There is a new enhanced Field
Notes podcast on the research that Dr Richard Thorne is doing on
herring. Please check it out and let me know if you have any
If you ever wondered just how big the International Space Station
really is, you might want to take a look at this short video provided
by the folks at "Best of Science", it is truly amazing....
Just click on the link below and once it starts to play, you might want
to pause it for a few minutes to let it buffer. The video won't
start and stop on you if you let it buffer long enough!
The satellite image listed below is from NASA and shows how much the
oil from the Gulf oil spill has spread out over the area.
Considering how little of the oil has actually washed ashore, it looks
like it will be around for a very long time.
Aurora Australis Observed
from the International Space Station
There is a great photo attached
to this email of a satellite image taken over the CRD during the last
big windstorm that records the combination of blowing dust and snow out
into the GOA. The link listed below will take you to the science
center blog page where Dr. Rob Campbell explains a little about what is
going on with a short informational article and higher resolution image
of the event.
Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across
By Allen Marquette
Did you catch the total lunar eclipse that occurred the other
night? If you didn’t, you missed an amazing event that does not
occur too often on winter solstice. The event was visible across
North America and started in Alaska at 9:33pm Alaska time, and lasted
until 1:01am Tuesday morning. Totality or when the Moon, Earth
and Sun align perfectly occurred at 11:17pm. If you did get to
see the eclipse and wondered why the moon took on the ruddy umber color
during totality, it’s because the sunlight passing through the Earth’s
atmosphere was refracted or bent by the atmosphere causing the light to
change or shift color and give the moon that burnt look. The last
time a total lunar eclipse occurred on winter solstice was 372 years
ago in 1638! But if you did miss the total lunar eclipse, you can
catch it next time when it occurs on December 21, 2094. That’s
only 84 years from now!