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Are you smarter than an 8th grader in 1912?

 This school test was recently found and donated to a small county musuem in Kentucky. Can you answer these questions correctly? Questions             –             Answers

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NASA All Stars: The Final Presentations

Today we heard from both teachers and students. Teachers shared lessons they have planned using the All Stars website and all the astronomers stories. Students shared the research projects they have been working on. Both groups did a great job. … Continue reading

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Astronomy is in the Onion

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Nasa All Stars: The First Presentation

Today Sariaya did her presentation. She wanted to find out if all galaxies were the same so she asked if all the galaxies in our sample were the same color. Check out her blog to see her answer. I am looking … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: College Bridge … College Admissions … Data in Excel

A lot going on today. Talks about the U of C College Bridge program and about applying to the college. The Bridge program is a wonderful program for students in CPS. What a great opportunity to be taking college course … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: X-Ray Light

Interesting talk today on X-ray. I like learning about the history of telescope projects. It reminds me that learning takes time. Time to ask a question you can try to answer, time to build an instrument that can make  a … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: SDSS Student Project

Today we started our astronomy projects. First we have to get used to working with the SDSS interface. Everyone picked one of the Favorite Places to get a location in the sky. They then started looking for galaxies that had spectra … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: Thursday – From the most energetic events in the universe to viewing galaxies from my armchair

The Gamma Ray Sky GRBs – Gamma ray bursts – thinking about these blasts of energy can really blow your mind. Just think, something happened to give off so much energy that we still a lot of it at earth, … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: SDSS – Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Navigate The sky server at SDSS. Redshift/Blueshift animation Different types of spectra An old Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) that show a diffraction spike and explains it rather simply. An article that talks about the diffraction pattern around bright … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: Questions about SDSS and Nick Woolf

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) – I always love learning about this telescope How many plates were made for spectra? Are plates still being made today? How long are scientists able to keep their data private before making it … Continue reading

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Nasa All Stars: A New Summer of Astronomy at U of C

Back at U of C for astronomy!!! This time I am with many other teachers and students from Chicago for the Nasa All Stars Project. Even on the first day with introductions and paperwork I learned some new astronomy. My … Continue reading

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Olympics 2012

The Olympics have started. I love watching this competition. This year is even better as I have better television reception so I get more coverage. But the Olympics are not just about competition. There is a lot of science involved … Continue reading

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