My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets (8 without pluto)

Have you ever been one of those people who can never remember the order of the planets or all of their names? How many planets are there anyway? Basic knowledge is often easily forgotten when you don’t think about it consistently. I mean I know I can’t solve SIN or CoSin math problems because I haven’t done so in years. Well, this is a similar situation. We learn about the planets and their order and their meaning when we are in our early years. Its part of the core curriculum. Unless you were to specialize in the field and study cosmology, you could easily forget as the years pass and be hesitant to answer- How many planets and what order are they in? Is it 7? Wait is it 9? 8? Does mars come before mercury? Whats the planet with the J?

Don’t be embarrassed if these are questions that rise in your head? We have all been there. Im here to make it really simple to remember, something I do to help me study periodic facts.

LETS HEAR IT FOR THE ACRONYMS!!! THE BEST WAY TO REMEMBER THINGS!

 Mercury

Venus

Earth

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

(sometimes the dwaft planet Pluto is included)

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos

Many Very Elderly Men Just Snooze Under Newspapers

My Vicious Earthworm Might Just Swallow Us Now

Make Very Easy Mash Just Smash Up New Potatoes (if you want to count pluto)

My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nuts

My Very Early Jam Sandwiches Usually Nauseate People (pluto)

{My favorite and most useful one}

My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets

  •  If this is something that interests you, then don’t be shy!
  • If you use twitter, then it’s really simple! Just hashtag the words ORDER OF THE PLANETS and follow the updates and fun facts about our solar system.
    #orderoftheplanets
  • OR if you prefer Instagram, check out some cool pictures by following the handle-
    @mysolarsystem
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Phases of the Moon explained

Are you as fascinated by the moon as I am? Well if so, then keep on readin’.

While I do wish I was a moonchild, i’m simply not. But that doesn’t mean the moon doesn’t interest me or intrigue me. So let’s get started!

It takes our Moon about 29.5 days to completely cycle through all eight phases. Occasionally (about every 2.7 years) there are two Full Moons in the same month. This is referred to as a Blue Moon. Hence the saying “Once in a Blue Moon”.

Phase 1:New Moon
The side of the moon facing the Earth is not illuminated. Additionally, the moon is up through out the day, and down through out the night. For these reasons we can not see the moon during this phase.
Phase 2:  Waxing Crescent
During this phase, part of the Moon is beginning to show. This lunar sliver can be seen each evening for a few minutes just after sunset. We say that the Moon is “waxing” because each night a little bit more is visible for a little bit longer.
Phase 3:First Quarter
During first quarter, 1/2 of the moon is visible for the first half of the evening, and then goes down, leaving the sky very dark.
Phase 4:Waxing Gibbous
When most of the Moon is visible we say it is a Gibbous Moon. Observers can see all but a little sliver of the moon. During this phase, the Moon remains in the sky most of the night.
Phase 5:Full Moon
When we can observe the entire face of the moon, we call it a Full Moon. A full moon will rise just as the evening begins, and will set about the time morning is ushered in.
Phase 6:Waning Gibbous
Like the Waxing Gibbous Moon, during this phase, we can see all but a sliver of the Moon. The difference is that instead of seeing more of the Moon each night, we begin to see less and less of the Moon each night. This is what the word “waning” means.
Phase 7:Last Quarter
During a Last Quarter Moon we can see exactly 1/2 of the Moon’s lighted surface.
Phase 8:Waning Crescent
Finally, during a Waning Crescent Moon, observers on Earth can only see a small sliver of the Moon, and only just before morning. Each night less of the Moon is visible for less time.

Information found here 

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(credited to NASA Image of the day)

10 things you need to know about Pluto

As you all know, our beloved little Pluto was kicked out of our planet list and considered a dwaft planet. Until recently, I wasn’t really sure as to why that was, other than its realitivly tiny size. So to enlighten you like I was englightened….here are ten things you should know about this dwaft planet.

  1. If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a nickel and dwarf planet Pluto would be about the size of the head of a pin.
  2. Pluto orbits our sun, a star, at an average distance of 3.7 billion miles (5.9 billion kilometers) or 39.5 AU.
  3. One day on Pluto takes about 153 hours. That’s the time it takes for Pluto to rotate or spin once. Pluto makes a complete orbit around the sun (a year in Plutonian time) in about 248 Earth years.
  4. It is thought that Pluto has a rocky core surrounded by a mantle of water ice with other ices coating its surface.
  5. Pluto has five known moons. Pluto is sometimes called a double-planet system due to the fact that its moon Charon is quite large and orbits close to its parent planet.
  6. There are no known rings around Pluto.
  7. Pluto has a thin, tenuous atmosphere that expands when it comes closer to the sun and collapses as it moves farther away — similar to a comet.
  8. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is the first mission sent to encounter the Pluto-system and other members of the Kuiper Belt.
  9. Scientists do not think Pluto can support life as we know it. Although, some scientists believe it is possible Pluto could possess a hidden ocean under its surface.
  10. Pluto was considered a planet from 1930, when it was first discovered, until 2006. The discovery of similar-sized worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt sparked a debate which resulted in a new official definition of a planet. The new definition did not include Pluto.

If you are further interested like I was, check out the hashtag #Pluto2015 on Twitter and follow the updates. You can also follow NASA on Facebook to get daily updates

To read more about Pluto and to get a betetr understanding, click here

To watch an awesome video rearding Pluto, click here

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(photo credit to NASA Image of the Day)

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SAVE THE DATE- a Lunar Eclipse APRIL 14th

So if you’re not completely sure what a lunar eclipse is, well then you came to the right place! If you think of the root word…Lunar…you’re probably thinking of the moon. Well, you are correct. A lunar eclipse is when the moon appears to be darkened as it passes in earths shadow.

In order for a full Lunar eclipse to happen, the moon must be full, which means it has to be directly opposite the sun, with the earth right in between. This Eclipse happens when the moon moves into the shadow cast by the sun shining on the earth. The reason we don’t have an eclipse every month or even every couple months is because the moon is often either above the shadow or below the shadow. It has to be in the perfect position for us to see this beautiful occurrence.

Luckily, if you live in the United States, you will be able to see this eclipse from anywhere in the states. Eastern North America and western South America can see beginning stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the west before sunrise April 4, whereas middle Asia (India, western China, mid-Asian Russia) can view the ending stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the east after sunset April 14. Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East won’t see this eclipse at all.  If you are interested in seeing a world map of eclipse availability, just click this.

“During the eclipse, the Moon often looks reddish because sunlight has passed through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of its blue light.” This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “blood moon.”

The partial eclipse will begin at 6:16 EDT and 10:15UT
Total eclipse begins at 7:58 EDT and 11:57 UT
The greatest the eclipse will be will begin at 8:00 EDT and 12:00 UT
The eclipse will end at 9:45 EDT and 1:45 UT

What’s really cool about this eclipse in that NASA will be responding to questions addressed to #eclipse2015 via Twitter. If you are curious and have a question, sign on to your twitter account, tweet your question, and hashtag #eclipse2015. NASA will begin responding by 6pm that night.

A telescope is not needed to view a lunar eclipse– just find the Moon in the sky and enjoy.

Fancy Planet

Seriously. A planet so fancy that it is made up entirely of diamonds. WHAT. Pretty crazy to think of a diamond planet, but believe it!

How could it be possible? Well you know how science fiction writers like to create worlds based on lava, water, ice, forest, etc.? Scientists, being the awesome people that they are, studied over 700 planets out of our solar system thus far, and in the midst of that…they found planet Fancy.

So, some of the most fascinating planets we have discovered were once nothing but a simple star. IN this particular case, this diamond planet started off as one of two parts of a BINARY star. The larger part of the star heated up so hot, that it exploded…, which we now know, is called a supernova! The aftermath of the supernova resulted in a pulsating star and a white dwarf. The dwarf stabilized just far enough away from its former half able to keep its carbon core.

Carbon is just a lot of heat and a lot of pressure, and when in perfect conditions such as this example, the core of a planet can remain completely crystallized.

Imagine that? a world of diamonds, and nothing else. Pretty crazy if you ask me. I think it’s time to start searching for a way to get the planet-to-planet earth.

One step closer to Mars!

For the first time ever, NASA is sending a crew team of two members on a one year mission in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly launches this Friday to begin his journey.

Why is this so fascinating? Well not only has no one ever spent a full year in space before, but this allows us to be one step closer to settling on Mars. By completing this mission, the crew will have been able to study, observe, and understand how people can successfully live on Mars. They can learn how to protect us, naturally adapt, learn about the weather conditions, and water supply. All of these topics need to be confidently resolved before we send anyone into Mars. With this one year mission, we can now say the Mars One plan is progressing a little bit further.

While that may not excite everyone as much as it does for me, being able to say we lived through a time here people left earth to live in mars, now that would be pretty amazing. What excites me the most is the information NASA will receive and how that knowledge will help them protect the people planning to live in Mars. We have the opportunity to experience life changing events. AS generations pass by and time progresses, we will be on mars. When people are born into the era where this is occurring, it will be normal to them, they won’t think twice about it and maybe they won’t appreciate it as much. But for us. We get to go through the motions with NASA. We get to see life change as we know it and turn into something out of our comfort zone. That is what makes this mission so special. It means NASA is 100 percent serious about their progression in the Mars One Mission. And for that, I can’t wait to read about all the information Scott Kelly will gather a year from now.

To read more about this awesome one year mission, click here.

I wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger

Growing up as a kid, I know we were all asked the infamous question of ” what do you want to be when you’re older?” For me, I knew the answer. I wanted to be the person who flew into space and got to see where we were lucky enough to live. I remember being pretty young when I realized how fascinating the stars were and when my brother one night explained to me how it works and the extent of space. I was an inspired child with a huge almost unimaginable goal. As I grew up and learned more about it, I kind of kept it as a hobby, studying it while i could and reading books about it. I became in love with the idea of space and all it had to offer. Here was my problem though. In order to be an astronaut, you have to have a variety of different credentials that I did not qualify for and found to be too academically intense. So instead, I now write about cool things that fascinate me and try to talk about new updates in NASA. So for today, I chose to talk about how incredible it is to consider yourself an astronaut, because it takes a lot to become one.

For starters, your eye sight must be 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 each eye.

Your blood pressure must be 140/90 measured in sitting position.

Your height needs to be between 62 and 75 inches.

You need a BA degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important.

You need at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. flight test experience is highly desirable.

AND you need the ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical.

(information found from this article.)

So while saying “I want to be an astronaut” seems like a very easy thing, the people who actually accomplish it dedicate their lives to it and because of them, we are able to talk about all the cool things they find up there. So lets give a round of applause to all of out astronauts!