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Valentines Memes!

14 Feb Expansion of the Universe Valentine's Meme

So… Physics Today asked for some science-themed Valentines. I participated, but then of course… I came up with a bunch of astronomy-themed Valentines.

I felt like sharing! 🙂

IMBH Valentine's Meme

Mars Valentines Meme

Expansion of the Universe Valentine's Meme Supernova Valentines Meme

Pluto and Charon Barycenter

Black Hole Valentines Meme

Halley's Comet Valentine Meme  Comet Hale Bopp Valentines Meme

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How to Find Exoplanets (Transit Method)

17 May

How do astronomers find planets outside of the solar system? With the cunning use of spectroscopy.

How To Find An Extrasolar Planet (Using Radial Velocity)

8 Apr Extrasolar_Planet_237_by_Netherwulf

 

Finding extrasolar planets is hard.  But humans are pretty dang clever.

You’re no match for us, space.

Just give up.

Humans Conquer Space Mysteries and Other Alarming Events (No. 1)

3 Apr 2012 VP 113

Last week (4th week of March, 2014) on planet Earth…

The humans continue to push out into space.  At this rate they’ll be capable of interstellar travel by the year 2233.  Of course, we are all alarmed, and measures to inhibit this activity are currently being discussed.

The humans’ need to catalog every little thing grows at an alarming rate.  Last week they discovered yet another dwarf planet in their outer solar system.  They are calling it: 2012 VP113, although we’re not entirely sure why (they have weird names for things).  This new object is not unlike the already discovered and similarly far from Earth body, Sedna.

planetary body 2012 VP113

This new body has the farthest perihelion of any planetary body the humans have yet discovered.

They figured out that it’s a small body, 300-1000 kilometers in diameter, and that it is moderately red.  This tells us two important things: They are finding new and interesting ways to “see” things they cannot naturally see with their eyes, and they are not able to detect us yet.  So nobody panic.

 

Note: The Nerd Next Door is not affiliated with a hostile alien race bent on galactic domination.

Galaxies for Beginners

19 Mar Galaxies

 

This is a very brief introduction to galaxies.  It is more of a primer video, so if you don’t know anything about galaxies – you’ve come to the right place! 😀

Voyager 1: Is It Out of the Solar System?

12 Nov Voyager Space Probe

About two months ago, we found out that Voyager 1 crossed the edge of the Heliosphere and into the Interstellar Medium.  But what does that mean… exactly?  Is it out of the Solar System?

Globular Clusters (Sagittarius Part 1)

12 Sep Messier 22

This is my favorite constellation!  Go outside.  Go look.  Do it.  Now.

Here is a star map for you.

The Titius-Bode Law

16 Jul TB Law

One of my favorite turned-out-to-be-not-true moments of all astronomical history: the Titius-Bode Law.

Makes me want to go join the Celestial Police.

Also, because you can almost not see it, my shirt says ‘Pluto/1930-2006/Revolve in Peace’.  😀

Common Questions No. 1

18 Jun Alien World

So I was thinking of doing an ‘Ask The Nerd’ type of channel, just for all those fairly straightforward questions.  Hope you enjoy!

 

 

If you have any questions, as always, feel free to ask.  If the answer’s straightforward, it’ll wind up in one of these.  😀

Philolaus and Antichthon

4 Jun Cosmogony

So I thought maybe I’d talk about my favorite old school Greek cosmogony today.  It’s pretty badass, but I don’t want to give anything away… watch the video!

Also, yes, I know that Galileo didn’t drop balls off the leaning Tower of Pisa.  It’s just a good depiction.  Hope you like it! Let me know what you think! And as always, if you have a suggestion for a video, please let me know.

See you next Tuesday!  🙂