A while back I was approached by a media company asking if I would share an infographic they produced about the Moon.
Generally speaking, I’ve never been keen on passing around infographics, as they are usually full of inaccuracies.
However, I took some time to email the producers and express my concerns over a few inaccuracies that I noticed at a quick glance.
To my surprise, I received a reply to my email, and the producers were receptive to the suggestions I made.
Even more surprising, the company made a donation to my friends at Cosmoquest for my time.
Follow the “Continue Reading” link below to see the full infographic in its corrected, and mostly accurate glory!
You may have noticed a few blips with the site over the past few days, as I’ve been migrating the site to a new hosting solution. After about a year and some change on Amazon’s AWS platform, I’ve moved this site, and a number of other sites I run in my spare time to Joyent. Usually I don’t post about IT stuff here, but thought I’d share some of my findings on ideal blogging platforms.
Keep reading if you are interested in some of my initial opinions on site hosting.
For some people, the thirst for knowledge can never be fully quenched. In many cases, people who want to expand their education enroll in college courses and/or programs. However, with the rapid rise of institutions such as Khan Academy and resources like MIT’s OpenCourseWare, are degree programs becoming a thing of the past?
Traditionally, people who hold a degree are able to prove they have a certain level of expertise in their chosen field. Additionally, many institutions offer certificate programs that also demonstrate to potential employers that the certificate holder has a certain level of knowledge about the program in question.
Read my full opinion piece on education options at the EvoLLLution: http://www.evolllution.com/program_planning/degree-degree/
My good friend, Amy Shira Teitel has produced a new video in her “Vintage Space” video series which tackles a hot topic, even six years after the controversial IAU decision to change Pluto’s planetary status.
Enjoy the video as Amy explains just what happened with Pluto.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people interested in picking up a telescope for themselves, or for someone they know. This guide will cover telescopes ranging from $40 to $200 – great for first-time telescope buyers on a budget.
In many cases, the people I talk to have an idea of what they would like to spend on a telescope, but usually don’t have much of an idea of what they would like to view.
Different objects in the night sky can require different types of telescopes, however in the “starter” telescope price range, there are a lot of good, all-purpose telescopes that can be had – with even the most modest budget. These telescopes do not feature “goto” functions, and are operated manually.
While you CAN find “goto” telescopes for a few hundred dollars, the optics suck, and the drive systems are of poor quality. If you see a computerized telescope at a “big box” retail store, stay away! Better yet, don’t buy ANY telescope from a big-box retail/grocery store.
Keep reading to learn more about some great telescopes that will give great views without breaking your bank account. I’ve used every telescope on this list, and provide the pros and cons of each model.