Top 6 Facts about the year's final Solstice

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus As the year draws to a close, we approach a very special time of year, at least from an astronomical perspective. This Saturday, December 21st, will mark the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (or the Summer … Read moreTop 6 Facts about the year's final Solstice

The Longest Full Moon of the Year

“Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.” –Henri Frederic Amiel Tonight is a special night, although not for the reasons you may think. … Read moreThe Longest Full Moon of the Year

How the Earth moves, and how do we know?

“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.” –Galileo Galilei All of science is rooted in the idea that natural phenomena can be explained naturally, and that if we want to know how anything in the Universe works, all we … Read moreHow the Earth moves, and how do we know?

Weekend Diversion: The Best Secret of Oregon's Summer

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” –Groucho Marx Now that the solstice is behind us and summer is officially here (for most of us), it’s time to start enjoying the greatest fruits of the season. With the technical difficulties of the great scienceblogs … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Best Secret of Oregon's Summer

Measure the Tilt of the Earth on the Solstice! (This Wednesday!)

“Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?” –Peter Tosh Every year, there are two special days where every place on Earth receives the same amount of sunlight — 12 hours — … Read moreMeasure the Tilt of the Earth on the Solstice! (This Wednesday!)