Coming soon to a sky near you: a teachable moment

There are 100 days to go until the next eclipse… On January 31st 2018 a total lunar eclipse will produce a red full moon for people in parts of Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and North America. Image: Juan Carlos Casado Why does the moon turn red? The earth – a rocky planet about 13,000Continue reading “Coming soon to a sky near you: a teachable moment”

Mystery of the moon’s tilted orbit

I’m extremely grateful to the brilliant planetary scientist Kaveh Pahlevan, who shared some wonderful thoughts in this interview for EarthSky. “When a crime happens, investigative police quickly arrive on the scene and try to preserve the evidence. In the case of the moon’s origin, there was a violent event, but there were no witnesses, andContinue reading “Mystery of the moon’s tilted orbit”

How a solar eclipse made Einstein famous

Images: Wikimedia / CC-PD-Mark We all know the genius on the left. But who is the genius on the right…? My latest article for Sky & Telescope magazine asks: “Why do some great scientists become household names, whereas others do not? Why, these days, does everyone in the world know who Einstein is (and whatContinue reading “How a solar eclipse made Einstein famous”

“A need to know and increased motivation to learn”

“For cranking motivation levels up to eleven, nothing says ‘teachable moment’ like a solar eclipse…” Sky & Telescope magazine has an article about our science outreach project in Angola :)

Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show

Mail & Guardian Africa has published a piece about next weekend’s African eclipse, and our Angolan “Global Communication and Science” project. Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show Graham Jones | Mail & Guardian Africa | 17 February 2017 Six months after Africa played host to a spectacular eclipse of the sun, itContinue reading “Africa gets ready for another sun and moon show”

NCR Angola supports solar eclipse project

We are tremendously grateful to NCR Angola, the leader in Angola’s information-technology sector, who are sponsoring solar eclipse glasses to give away to members of the community in Huambo later this month. On February 26th the city of Huambo, in Angola’s central highlands, will experience an annular solar eclipse, where the sun forms a ‘ringContinue reading “NCR Angola supports solar eclipse project” to sponsor Angolan eclipse project

Our next Global Communication and Science project will be taking place in Angola. We’ll be in Huambo, Angola’s second city, where there will be an annular solar eclipse on February 26th 2017. Above: the path of annularity across Angola on February 26th. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is too far away toContinue reading “ to sponsor Angolan eclipse project”

On this day: November 24th 1859

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection is published in London. Image: lauramusikanski, Morguefile “Charles Darwin’s book is one of the very few books that can be said to have really changed the way we all look at the world,” notes Adam Douglas of Peter Harrington, a rare books firm. One ofContinue reading “On this day: November 24th 1859”