Here, There & Everywhere in Hawley, Pennsylvania

HTE visits Hawley, PA

The Here, There, and Everywhere (HTE) exhibit is currently residing at the Hawley Public Library in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Librarian Jean Kammer reports that the set up of the exhibit and activities went just fine. They are planning on bringing the large posters and activities to a local after school program on Tuesday January 22nd, and are planning to work with the intermediate and middle schools to bring the exhibit to them as well.

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Neon Signs and Shooting Stars

Meteor

Image Credit: Babak Tafreshi

Phil Plait, aka, “The Bad Astronomer,” is an excellent blogger. One of the many reasons we think Phil is great is that he might like making connections as much as we do. Take this recent post on “shooting stars.” (We put those words in quotes because the term is incredibly misleading – there are no stars involved at all.) In this post, he discusses the trails left behind the small pieces of debris that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and create these events. He notes that although it might seem like shooting stars are burning up, they actually glow because of gases being ionized and then electrons recombining with the atoms. This process causes them to emit like, just like a neon sign. This is an excellent Here, There, and Everywhere comparison if we’ve ever heard one.

Atoms

-Megan Watzke, Chandra/HTE

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Sonic Boom Across Russia

Meteor over Russia

Image Credit: Russian Emergency Ministry

This news from Russia this morning is rather sobering. Here’s a report from the Washington Post:

A meteor broke up in the sky Friday morning over the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, and the shock wave from the explosion smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured more than 900 people.

The story goes on to outline how witnesses seeing the streaking object across the sky heard no sound until the sonic boom blasted through the area.
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Farewell Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Hawley Public Library in Hawley, Pennsylvania said goodbye to the Here, There & Everywhere (HTE) exhibit earlier this month. It departed for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, MD for the remainder of February. Hawley Librarian Jean Kammer sent in some photos of two special events that were hosted in Pennsylvania before the exhibit left. One busy event included bringing the large posters and activities to a local after school YMCA program on Tuesday January 22nd. You can see the kids working with the HTE activities.

HTE at YMCA

The second event included the local middle school and a visit with HTE.

HTE visits Hawley, PA Middle School

Find out when the Here, There and Everywhere (HTE) exhibit is coming to a location near you!

-Kim Arcand, HTE/Chandra

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Quarterback Throws and a Pulsar Goes

Whether you are a football fan or not, you probably know that this Sunday is the Superbowl. In addition to all of the commercial watching and snack eating, we also find Superbowl Sunday to be a good excuse to mull over the science behind the game.

Quarterback

Image Credit: http://www.nbclearn.com/

For example, let’s think about the passes that will be thrown from each of the quarterbacks. It’s not easy to connect with receivers during a football game – and not just because there are 300-pound linemen trying to get to the quarterback. It’s also complicated because of the physics behind the throw. A few years ago, NBC put together a series of videos on the science of football. Luckily, they are still available.

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Science in a Champagne Flute

Champagne bubbles With the recent change of the calendar at New Year’s, we wanted to touch on an important aspect of the holiday: bubbles. Whether you like your bubbles in Champagne, beer, sparkling cider or something else, the passing of one year into the next is often noted with something yummy to drink containing bubbles.

Alan Boyle, who writes the Cosmic Log on NBCNews.com, recently had a post on the science of bubbles just in time for New Year’s Eve.

In his article, Boyle quotes Gerard Liger-Belair, a physicist at the University of Reims in France, who studies, among other things, how bubbles in Champagne behave. Liger-Belair says:

“In fact, bubbles are a fantastic example of bubble dynamics in general, and studies dealing with champagne bubbles can be extended to many other areas where bubbles play a role, in natural as well as industrial processes. For example, marine aerosols created by bursting bubbles behave like champagne’s bursting bubbles. … The scales are different, but the basic principles are identical,” he said in his email.

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HTE in Minnesota for December

HTE in Minnesota

HTE in Minnesota

Diane Adams, Director of the International Falls Public Library in Minnesota, sent in a few photos of the Here, There & Everywhere exhibit currently in residence at her library for the month of December. She writes that she doesn’t believe the photos are great but that “everytime I try and take photos I get asked questions and have decided they are more important than documenting people going through the exhibit.” We couldn’t agree more! And we are happy to see such fun photos of all the kids experiencing HTE.

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Shadows at Work: The Solar Eclipse of 2012

Were you one of the lucky ones to see last month’s solar eclipse? The path of “totality” (that is, where the Sun appears completely blocked by the Moon as seen from Earth) went through the northern tip of Australia and across the South Pacific.

Solar Eclipse

Image Credit: Ben Cooper, launchphotography.com

We found some excellent photos of this celestial shadow event at this page:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/solar-eclipse-time-lapse-ben-cooper-australian-outback_n_2146600.html

For those of you in the United States that don’t have the means to travel, don’t worry. There is an eclipse that should cross the US in just about 5 years in 2017.

You can get more information on eclipses from NASA.

-Megan Watzke, Chandra X-ray Center

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