Blog - Explore Scientific

  • STEM Zone: Measuring the Moon's Motion
    January 9, 2020

    STEM Zone: Measuring the Moon's Motion

    Everyone knows that the Moon revolves in orbit around the Earth. But how do we really know this? Can we see the Moon move? Can we measure it? You may have also been told that the Moon’s motion has something to do with the lunar phases, but how can we understand that if we don’t really even know how the Moon moves through space?

    It turns out that the Moon does indeed circle the Earth once every 28 days or so just as you’ve been told in science class, but you don’t have to take your teacher's or textbook's word for this. You can see and measure it yourself!

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  • Meet the Moon: A Journey Across the Lunar Terrain
    January 3, 2020

    Meet the Moon: A Journey Across the Lunar Terrain

    It’s a steady presence in all of our lives, but few people take the time to truly get to know Earth’s closest neighbor. In this recurring blog post, accomplished astronomer and astrophotographer Dr. Howard Eskildsen will take readers on a journey across the luminous face of the Full Moon. We begin with Quadrant 37.
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  • Cassiopeia constellation is a beauty to behold!
    January 2, 2020

    Cassiopeia constellation is a beauty to behold!

    In mythology, Cassiopeia was a vain creature undone by her arrogance. But the circumpolar constellation that bears her name certainly has some celestial beauties worth boasting about. Visible from 90° North to 20° South, Cassiopeia is known for the striking “W”-shaped asterism that is formed by its five brightest stars. Nestled among those stars are some amazing deep sky features. 
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  • Struble's Planetary Cosmos
    October 31, 2019

    Struble's Planetary Cosmos

    All my life I have I had a fascination for Astronomy, but it wasn’t until later in my adult life where I could afford the proper equipment to not only image the universe, but study it directly. Planetary nebula have...

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  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
    August 21, 2019

    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

      Image by Sheldon Faworski with the Explore Scientific ED80-FCD100 with a Canon 80D   The magnificent American Goldfinch is one of the more common birds that reside in the neighborhoods of the 48 contiguous United States.  Since it is...

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