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Gearing Up for that Total Solar Eclipse!

Happy SUNday! How many of you are going to watch the total solar eclipse next month? At our amateur astronomer's meeting, our speaker mentioned that if you haven't already set a plan in motion, you're probably going to have an extremely hard time booking anything this late. I'm setting plans because it's taking place on my birthday week! What better way to celebrate your birthday than a total solar eclipse?!

+NASA posted this video on their social networks today, explaining why this is a rare event. Check it out! If you're staying local and you won't be near the eclipse's path, you'll still be able to see some coverage! (Just not the moment of totality.) Be sure to wear protective eye gear regardless! Happy planning!
A Helpful Glossary of Solar Eclipse Terms:
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/SEglossary.html

#TotalSolarEclipse
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Juno Reveals Jupiter's Mischievous Storm

I'm thoroughly enjoying all the witty one-liner headlines breaking the news about the new Jupiter images! Hard to bring anything new to the table as I sit here in awe of that infamous red spot on my favorite planet. If you haven't already checked out the images, you should.

NASA's space probe, Juno, launched 6 years ago and went in orbit around Jupiter one year ago this month. Since then, Juno's been sending us some pretty spectacular images, and these new ones don't disappoint.

Juno Cam:
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing

Who's Juno?
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-juno-k4.html

#GreatRedSpot #Juno #Jupiter
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Time Crystals

I'm not sure how this escaped me in January. Perhaps my mundane clutter of "important affairs" was consuming me. No matter! Here is some shine for your Monday morning: Norman Yao, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of physics, put together a blueprint for how to create and measure time crystals, using physicist, Frank Wilczek's idea of time crystals back in 2012, published in the journal, Physical Review Letters. A time crystal is basically a four-dimensional state of matter with a periodic, atomic structure. (Remember: Crystals are crystals because they have patterns of atoms, ions, or molecules that repeat along ordinary directions of a three-dimensional space.) A time crystal has a repeating pattern not only in space, but also in time! This allows the structures to maintain a constant pulse without energy.

After the blueprints were written, two groups of scientists at the University of Maryland and Harvard University actually created them! Both experiments using lasers and trapped ions successfully passed peer-review. How cool is that?! One guy says, "hey this is not impossible and here's how I worked it out" and people come together to make it happen. This isn't the power of positive affirmations; this is the power of people working together to make shi* happen. :)

Further Reading:
https://www.livescience.com/58171-time-crystals-created-in-the-lab.html

Read the abstract here:
https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.030401

#timecrystals #physics

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The Falcon 9 is already up in space! This is huge news, you guys. This relaunch means millions and millions of dollars saved. That makes us SOOO much closer to sending people to Mars.
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Happy Muslim Women's Day

Anousheh Ansari was the first muslim women to travel to space!
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Women Looking to the Stars

Caroline Herschel, the first professional female astronomer, was born on this day in 1750. So many obstacles stood in her way, including nearly dying by meathook in the name of science. This is a brief, beautiful summary of her life.

#WomensHistoryMonth #astronomy
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Happy International Women's Day!

Today I'd like to celebrate the original computers. The female astronomers who shaped our understanding of the cosmos long before they could vote.

#internationalwomensday #astronomy
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Nasa Announcement Today

Just a gentle reminder to tune in for NASA's big press conference today at 1pm EST. They'll be announcing findings beyond our solar system. Perhaps a new world we can all migrate to before this one burns down in the coming years? Just kidding...juuust kidding! Seriously though, not something you want to miss.

#spaceexploration #nasa
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Pluto's Frozen Heart May Hide an Ocean Inside...

It's looking like Pluto might actually have a liquid ocean swooshing around beneath its frozen heart shaped surface, otherwise known as Sputnik Planitia. UC Santa Cruz professor of Earth & planetary sciences, Francis Nimmo, is one of the lead authors on new findings that have been circling around in various publications this week, along with James Keane, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Keane believes Sputnik Planitia has moved 745 miles southeast of its original location.

"The same reorientation on Earth (granted Earth is larger than Pluto) would be like taking North America and South America and swapping places." - James Keane

Read the article for more info!

#pluto #astrophysics
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My country needs this message today.

Today would have been Carl Sagan's 82nd birthday. He left us with this beautiful perspective.
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