Eclipse Experiences in 5 Regions

20934215_1082763131859241_8233165566228508705_o.jpgMy sister, Kendra, took this photo through a telescope lenses in Muncie, Indiana.

 

15351.jpegThis photo was taken by my friend Sara’s Dad at a farm in Shawnee, Illinois.

 

Director of the New Harmony Music Festival, Christopher, took these photos of the eclipse projections in his backyard in New Harmony, Indiana.

 

20914753_10157532092638647_2388459190941288514_n.jpgMax, scholar and philosopher, was standing on a hill in West Nashville, Tennessee when he experienced the totality. Here is his account:

“This was three minutes prior to totality. Everything had a very surreal silvery-blue sheen, sort of as if you were wearing a certain hue of sunglasses but the SUN IS DISAPPEARING. Minutes later, totality hit. The borders of the sky had a late sunset glow, the hills were washed in darkness, and in the center of it all was this floating ring of light. Deeply strange, totally rad, psychically shattering. No amount of scientific knowledge prepares you for the sense of actually being there.”

 

Rikky was working at the veterinary clinic in Moab, Utah when the eclipse happened. With ingenuity and questionable visual safety, she viewed the 84% eclipse through old x-rays, which she took these photographs through.

Space is my Jam

I’ve been noticing a surprising trend in the news and my feed, lately…

Outer space!

As a lover of science (and admittedly, science fiction) I have compiled the best of each topic here, and added a bonus link-pack for outer space lovers like me. This post is divided between the two main trending space topics: the upcoming eclipse, and the International Space station.

Eclipse

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Essay: Total Eclipse, by Annie Dillard

“I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it.”

 

Make your own eclipse viewer… or order them now, so it arrives in time! It is important that you protect your eyes on Monday. Why can’t you stare at the eclipse?

 

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NASA has an eclipse page with a countdown and resources for learning about the eclipse and for viewing the eclipse safely. They also have an updated listing of libraries dispensing eye protection.

 

International Space Station

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Did you know that NASA sends care packages to the astronauts on the International Space Station? And that they can now send… ice cream???

“Unlike previous cargo vehicles used by NASA, the SpaceX Dragon capsule has the ability to return to Earth without burning up on re-entry. That means it can bring stuff back. The spacecraft is equipped with freezers to transport medical and scientific samples back to Earth. And sometimes, those freezers are empty when they go up to the station — which leaves room for ice cream!”

 

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You can now visit the International Space Station using Google street view!

 

And finally: how astronauts wash their hair!

 

Feeling spacey?

Watch Space Jam for a zero gravity throw-back.

We live in an age where conspiracy is a little healthy: X-Files is still relevant.

I’ve almost finished the Star Trek series “Voyager.” When I’m finished, I think I’ll move on to “Deep Space Nine.” If you like the movies but have never seen the TV shows, you are missing out.

If you are looking for a little bit of non-fiction learning, check out Neil deGrasses Tyson’s “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”

And finally, relive your inner kid and join me in ordering a set of glow-in-the-dark stars (I already have a set of 3-D glowing planets!)

Reflections on International Women’s Day

Or as I like to call it… Intergalactic Women’s Day!

When I was looking for these images, I found these awesome articles about feminism related to Agent Dana Scully and Captain Kathryn Janeway, which is not why I came here.

What I really came here to ask was… how was your day?

Women, did you take off work? Celebrate? Protest? Do nothing because every day should be women’s day? Men, did many women take off or represent in other ways at your workplace today? Did you not notice anything new?

Maybe you fall into my category: teachers at my school do not receive personal days during testing. And we are currently testing.

I overheard a male colleague joking with other men about how we would be in trouble if teachers were allowed/inclined to take off in protest today, because our school employs 90% women. In a national survey of the 2011-2012 school year, “76 percent of public school teachers were female.”

I also wonder about self-employed individuals, or people in the tech-industry. What did today look like for you? The only difference in my day was in the solidarity shown from friends on social media. The school did not mention that it was women’s day, and teachers were not allowed to take off. I missed any strikes or protests happening… because I was working.