Category: Launch Pad

Launch Pad, Day Three: Kevin R. Grazier on Space Environment

To see more of my posts on Launch Pad, click here. Note: The schedule had Kevin’s lecture today swapped with his lecture yesterday. Today is really space environment. Yesterday was actually gravity, newton, kepler, orbits. Mass in space: There is no mas sin space, outside of planets and stars, etcetera. That’s why it’s called space. […]

Launch Pad Day Two Catchup-Post, Spectroscopy and Goggles on the Roof

Yesterday, we did two activities that were not conducive to laptop-taking and note-producing. One was a lab with Jim Verley on spectroscopy in which he gave us spectroscopes and had us look at argon, helium, hydrogen, and a few other elements, so that we could see how they broke down into color spectrums. Some were […]

Launch Pad, Day Two: Kevin R. Grazier on Space Environment

To see the rest of my posts about Launch Pad, click here. If there’s one thing you learn in astronomy that’s fundamental, it’s energy. We’re going to learn about energy and about orbits which are dependent on the energy of what they’re orbiting. When we talk about the science in science fiction, we’ll hearken back […]

Launch Pad, Day Two: Origins of the Moon

To check out all the Launch Pad posts so far, visit this link. In response to a question from Ian Randal Strock, Mike Brotherton sent us this youtube video on the Origins of the Moon: Last night, when Kevin R. Grazier’s lecture on the solar system and the cassini probe lasted three hours, an extra […]

Launch Pad, Day One: Kevin R. Grazier on Solar System/Cassini

How many solar systems are there in the galaxy? One. One star is called sol. There is one solar system. It is a proper noun and should be capitalized. Solar System. It starts with an exploding star. Stars of very large size live by the credo “live fast, die young, live a good-looking black hole.” […]

Launch Pad, Day One, Mike Brotherton Lectures: SCALES OF THE UNIVERSE

When we were hearing this lecture, we got to see slides illustrating it. I don’t have the slides for you, but author David J. Williams found this website: which gives you similar images so you can follow along. (Click on the images to see larger versions of them and more information.)

Launch Pad Day One, Who We Are and Why We’re Here

It turns out that liveblogging generates a lot of material! So I’m going to split up each day into several entries. First our instructors gave us their perspectives on the workshop. Mike Brotherton: “I’m not going to be able to teach the world astronomy. But I can teach you people, in a week. Either give […]