Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Egg-Equinox Thing

Article Date: March 19th 2009 by Phil Plait

The article explains how standing an egg on its end on the equinox is a hoax. It actually doesn't have to be an equinox to stand an egg on its end, it just takes a lot of time, good balance and a steady hand.

A hoax is something similiar to a superstition or almost a trick. This hoax was actually something weird because an egg is already hard to stop rolling on its side, so having equal day and night hours would be a little ilogical to justify an egg balancing. Another famous hoax or superstition is if you break a mirror you will have seven years of bad luck.

Question: I wonder what other astronomy hoaxes exist?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

‘Isn’t She Purrrty?’ The new Hubble Space Telescope

Article Date: September 9, 2009


The Hubble Telescope under went a lot of changes. It gained parts, lost parts and some parts got repaired. Some of the new parts include the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Cosmic Origins Spectograph. Parts that were repaired consist of the Advanced Camera for Surveys which was repaired at circuit board level and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph which was also repaired at circuit board level. The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer were both bought back into operation during calibration and testing. Scientists and engineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Goddard Hubble servicing mission astronauts were the leaders in the renewal of the telescope.
One of my favorite pictures that Hubble took was a snapshot of the dying Nubula NGC 6302. Its similarly shaped like a butterfly and has some the most beautiful shades of fuschia, red and grey. Hubble definitely worked hard for its repair taking picutres as precious as these. I hope to continue to see this telescope getting better upgrades and taking better pictures.

Summary: The scientists who had the opportunity to repair the telescope were absolutely ecstatic about doing it. The article has many different comments from the engineers and scientists who fought for the telescope's repair. This telescope is so unique, genuine and excellent that getting it repaired and updated was undoubtedly a yes as expressed by the team members who worked on it.

Picture to Nebula NGC 6302:

Hahahahaha. Make your eyes hurt!

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