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How Far Are the Stars? (part 3)
April 29, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

In my last post, I showed how Cepheid variables allow us measure distances to distant stars and even to other galaxies. However, there is a limit to how far we can measure using Cepheids.  To measure the distance to the farthest galaxies, it takes a standard candle much brighter than a Cepheid. It takes a […]

Earth Day at HMNS April 30, 2011
April 28, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

photo credit: FlyingSinger April begins the Spring season.  The sun lasts longer, flowers start to bloom, and romance can be in the air.  April was originally the second month of the Roman calendar and is probably named for the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open.”  It is always a wonderful thing to see animals born […]

Flickr Photo of the Month: Texas Skies! [April 2011]
April 27, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park by Andrew Fritz. View Large. Posted here with permission. There are some amazing photographers that wander the halls of HMNS – and our satellites southwest of Houston. When we’re lucky, they share what they capture in our HMNS Flickr pool. Each month, we share one of these photos […]

Get your hands on science!
April 26, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

Terrence McGovern, a volunteer here at HMNS, does several chemistry shows a week to help teach the basics to our visitors. His show, geared towards both kids and adults, is a great way to see science in action. Terrence explains the principles of density, acids and bases, and polymers in a way that makes it […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

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Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

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very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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