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Pamela L. Gay

Spreading astronomy one sidereal day at a time.

I'm an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in space science & technology. Find me at AstronomyCast.com and CosmoQuest.org.



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About 5 weeks ago This is simply brilliant and makes it clear why solid communications requires a perfect fusion of science and creativity.

Josh Worth has created an interactive tour of a perfectly scaled solar system that has the moon scaled to a single pixel.

Go explore! (And then inflict it on others.)



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About 14 weeks ago This Day in Astronomy History: Galileo  hit upon the Galilean Moons

In early January 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei turned his telescope to Jupiter and watched carefully as a set of 4 small dots chased around this not too distant world. On January 7, 1610 (404 years ago) he recorded his discoveries of the largest of these dots - Ganymede - as well as the most distantly orbiting Callisto. On January 8, he noted inner Io and Europa. 

Coupled with this discovery was the realization that objects can orbit something other than {the Earth or the Sun}. This work, along with Kepler's laws of Planetary Motion from 1609, tilted the balance of data to favor a Sun-centered Solar System and indicated that something other than God or Gods were at play in carrying the planets around the Sun and the moons around Jupiter (and our Moon around Earth). It wouldn't be until Sir Isaac Newton started describing the the physics of gravity and mechanics in the 1680s that these new motions would
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About 1 week ago Photoset: Ravenwood Castle

Last weekend I attended a friend's birthday celebration at Ravenwood Castle in Ohio. It is essentially a gamer's paradise. There will be return trips! 

Likely many return trips...



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About 13 weeks ago What it look like when micro inequities are replaced with intellectual privilege.

This story informs so much on the real effects of the constant stereotype threat so many of us face.

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About 4 weeks ago The University of Colorado-Boulder took the lead on a recent study to determine Cosmoquest’s Moon Mappers’ viability as a scientific tool, and the results are in—Moon Mappers is not only a reliable, but an exceptional tool for lunar mapping. From the…
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About 4 days ago and MORE spring...
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About 4 days ago Achievement unlocked: Spring!