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Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz #932533 04/09/20 10:51 AM
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Birthdays, discovery and exploration abound in the period from Candlemas to the March equinox. Here's a little quiz for you that picks out some highlights in this period. How many do you recognize?

Candlemas to the March Equinox - Quiz


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932538 04/10/20 10:30 AM
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Solar System moons are named from mythology. Except for Uranus - its moons are named from English literature, primarily Shakespeare. How did this come about and what is the connection with the moons of Saturn?

Literary Moons of Uranus


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932544 04/11/20 12:28 PM
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When a rare planetary alignment opened up the outer Solar System, Voyager 1 was sent forth. It observed the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn and their moons. At nearly 4 billion miles from the Sun, the probe turned and took one last picture of home before continuing its journey to the stars.

Voyager 1 – Gas Giants and a Last Look Homeward


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932548 04/11/20 07:45 PM
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WOW, our universe is amazing.

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Our scientists are amazing too to be able to send out probes into space and to know there was a window of opportunity.

Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Angie] #932554 04/12/20 12:44 PM
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Angie, the Voyager program is one of my favorites. Daring, imaginative, and full of surprises. I love that they've both left the heliosphere and are now in the interstellar medium, but still sending some data home.

And here's another of my favorites:

Rosetta, the European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft, traveled for ten years and billions of miles in order to rendezvous with a comet, accompany it as it moved through the inner Solar System past the Sun, and deploy a lander.

Rosetta the Comet Chaser


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932557 04/13/20 09:04 AM
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The day job of Nicolaus Copernicus, the reluctant revolutionary, was canon of a cathedral. The last resting place of this man who turned astronomy on its head was unmarked. How did his student astronomy books help to identify his remains four and a half centuries after his death?

Copernicus - His Life

In the 16th century everyone knew that Earth was the center of the cosmos. But this made it impossible to predict the motions of heavenly bodies, even if they moved in elaborate circles within circles. Copernicus turned the idea on its head and put the Sun at the center. A revolution had begun!

Copernicus - the Revolution


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932566 04/15/20 10:32 AM
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On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin saw what no human had ever seen before: the Earth from space. "First Orbit" allows you to imagine that you are making the historic voyage. Film shot from the International Space Station creates the views, but you'll also have Philip Sheppard's music.

First Orbit - film


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Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932567 04/15/20 10:55 PM
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Thanks for sharing this Mona.
I just finished watching First Orbit, something I'm not sure I would have ever come across without you pointing the way. Interesting movie, you do get a sense as if you were there, the music does a brilliant job of narrating the storyline. Sad that (spoiler alert) Yuri died so young.
Regards

Re: Candlemas to the March Equinox - New Quiz [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932576 04/18/20 01:29 PM
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Caroline Herschel was an intelligent young woman trapped in domestic servitude by her mother. Her brother William rescued her and trained her as a singer. After he discovered the planet Uranus, the two of them ended up forming a great partnership whose work revolutionized the study of astronomy.

Caroline Herschel


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