The Total Solar Eclipse

This past August, I saw a total eclipse with my family on Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We were given special eclipse glasses that blocked out almost all light, so we could only see the sun while wearing them. I looked at the sun a lot, about every 8 minutes. Finally, when the moon completely blocked the sun, we saw a sunset all around us. For 2 minutes it was completely dark and you could see Mercury, Venus, and the sun’s corona.

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Watching the 2016 Solar Eclipse Live!

By Erika (age 12,  @KNEstemGirls)

2016 Solar Eclipse Diamond RingWhat were you doing on March 8th at 8:38 pm? I pulled up NASA TV and watched a live solar eclipse from Southeast Asia! NASA reporters pointed out the solar flares that became more clear and visible as the sky darkened, and the temperature dropped. They interviewed the native people and named off the stages for the people who didn’t know them. Continue reading “Watching the 2016 Solar Eclipse Live!”

AMNH Digital Flight School: Taking over the Hayden Planetarium

by Erika (age 12, @KNEstemGirls)

This past summer, I took over the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History every morning for a week. All of the campers got to use the ridiculously expensive space navigating technology that our schools don’t have the budget for. It was an amazing experience to use all four computer screens and keyboards – navigating and controlling visual effects as we traveled around the universe. We then worked in groups of 2 and 3 to create our own planetarium shows. Continue reading “AMNH Digital Flight School: Taking over the Hayden Planetarium”

New Horizons meets Pluto

by Alexa (age 9, @KNEstemGirls)

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Pluto’s “Heart”. Source NASA

For 20 years, NASA has been planning and waiting for the exciting Pluto Flyby. Launching into space on January 19, 2006 – before I was born – New Horizons took 9 years to travel 7.8 billion kilometers to get to Pluto. To put that in perspective, that is 13.3 times as far as the gas giant Jupiter, which is only 588 million kilometers away.

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