Category Archives: Learn Science

Curiosity Rover Report: We made it! Curiosity reaches Mount Sharp (Sept 11, 2014)

After 2 years and nearly 9 kilometers of driving, NASA’s Mars Curiosity has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp to begin a whole new phase of exploration.

The Human Eye – A user guide for Astronomers presented by Robert J Dalby

Eyes on the Sky: All about the Harvest Moon ( 8th to 14th September )

The Harvest Moon has some interesting aspects to it; how it rises differently from other full Moons, and how we often perceive it as it rises. Learn about that and more as Dave shares insight into this “Super Moon” visible as a Harvest Moon, and why the size isn’t quite what it seems (even if it’s “super” this month). See what’s up in the night sky every week with “Eyes on the Sky” videos, astronomy made easy.

Getting started with your New Binocular

In this video you’ll find a number of tips to help you get the very best performance from your new binocular.

Presented by Robert J Dalby.

Top 5 tips for improving planetary views with your telescope

In this video Robert gives you our top five tips to coax the best possible views of planets regardless of the cost or quality of your telescope.

It doesn’t matter if your telescope costs tens, or thousands : it always makes sense to try to get the best views you possibly can when observing planets. And sometimes improving the view involves no more than selecting the best site available to you to set up the telescope or using the telescope within its ideal power range — this video will give you the information you need to consistently get the best views of planets with your telescope.

Presented by Robert J Dalby FRAS

Produced by A.R.B Media Productions for Astronomy and Nature TV

Observing Planets: Optimising your View

Robert J Dalby FRAS of The Astronomy and Nature Centre explains how to observe planets.

Getting consistently good views of planets and other targets in the night sky can seem a bit hit and miss to the new telescope user. In this video look at a couple of the most basic variables that can affect the resolution and detail seen in planetary observation. Learn how and when to address the target to optimise image quality with any telescope.

Basics of Astronomy: The Celestial Sphere

Lets remind ourselves about some of the concepts we learnt in our camp:

Welcome to Mars- A Documentary from PBS

“Welcome to Mars” follows the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity from the second they crash-land on the planet to many months into their ongoing mission. NOVA producer Mark Davis covered the story from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it unfolded and provided a unique, behind-the-scenes take on this voyage of discovery, whose primary goal is to find evidence that liquid water once existed on Mars.

What Caused the Big Bang?

The question of what caused the Big Bang is one of the most difficult facing humanity. We may never find an answer, and even if we do, we probably won’t understand it. It’s difficult to imagine an event occurring without a cause, and yet, that is precisely the prospect we are faced with when it comes to this question.

27th August- The false information being spread on social media

Today one of our staff at school  came up to me and asked me about the 27th of August when there will be two full moons in the sky. He had got this information circulating on ‘whatsapp’ . The rumour has it that one of the planets  viz., Mars  will appear as big as the moon and as if it were another moon.  First of all for those of you who have taken this news seriously  please note there is going to be only a thin crescent moon in the sky on that night. This is a Hoax –Do not Believe this news and waste your time on the 27th. Mars can never ever appear as large as a full moon as seen from Earth. The moon is much closer than Mars which appears like a red starlike point and is much further away from Earth.

G.R.Sivakumar

What makes a Rocket Fly?

For a change lets see how rockets work.