Innovation Lecture 2016 – Marita Cheng

On Wednesday September 14th I attended the Warren Centre Innovation Lecture 2016. This year's speaker was Marita Cheng, founder of RoboGals and the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. This was the second time I have seen Marita speak, the first time being earlier this year at the Future Schools Expo in Sydney. Marita is … Continue reading Innovation Lecture 2016 – Marita Cheng

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Astronomy at Questacon in Canberra

Questacon in Canberra has a pretty cool section on space and astronomy. Check out the pictures I took in the gallery below. A few of the highlights from this exhibition. NASA WMAP WMAP is the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe It launched on June 30, 2001 Has mapped fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation … Continue reading Astronomy at Questacon in Canberra

Exploring the Heavens – Week 2

The focus of this week's class was Celestial Rhythms and the development of the constellations. We started the class upstairs in the observatory and outside on the balcony with Paul describing our session and then identifying a few of the objects on display in the night sky, including a crescent Moon. Paul described how the … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 2

Exploring the Heavens – Week 1

On Tuesday 3 May I attended the first week of my new course on astronomy at Sydney Observatory. The course is titled 'Exploring the Heavens' and is led by Dr Paul Payne. The structure of the course is as follows: History of Astronomy Celestial rhythms The solar system The stars Telescopes So the course started … Continue reading Exploring the Heavens – Week 1

Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy Design Project

Earth's twin: No oxygen, no water, scorching temperatures and a runaway greenhouse effect. What else do we know about our closest neighbour, Venus? Arizona State University's AST111 Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Design Project evidence Learning objective Describe the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system. Project goal "Venus favours the bold" - … Continue reading Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy Design Project

5 Earth facts to celebrate Earth Day 2016

5. Earth is a terrestrial planet meaning it has these characteristics compared with Jovian planets: Smaller size and mass Higher density of rock and metal Solid surface Closer to the Sun Warmer surface Few moons No rings 4. Earth's continents used to be one giant super-continent called Pangaea that existed around 200-300 million years ago. … Continue reading 5 Earth facts to celebrate Earth Day 2016

5 cool facts about our planets…

5. Venus rotates in the opposite direction to Earth so the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east. It also rotates very slowly so its days and nights are very long. 4. The 'no atmosphere' temperature of Earth is 3 degrees Fahrenheit (-16 Celsius). Without the Greenhouse Effect our oceans would freeze … Continue reading 5 cool facts about our planets…