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  • What’s Up?: The Heart of Pluto February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?Comments Off on What’s Up?: The Heart of Pluto February 2019Read More »

    By Adam England February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the birthday of our Great State of Arizona. One astronomical discovery in early Arizona history is that of Pluto at Flagstaff Lowell Observatory. Percival Lowell had begun the hunt for his “Planet X” in 1906, and died in 1916 unaware that he had actually imaged Pluto. 23-year-old Clyde Tombaugh continued taking photographs and comparing them under a blink-comparator, eventually locating what would later be called Pluto on Feb. 18th 1930. In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons probe to explore Pluto, which culminated in the July 2015 flyby of the dwarf planet and its five moons. As the probe approached the planet, it began to take images, and the Heart of Pluto immediately stood out. Named the Tombaugh Regio, it is a smooth area of mostly nitrogen ice, surrounded by rock and ice mountains soaring over 11,000 feet from the surface. Data revealed glacial activity along these mountain ranges, similar to what we see on earth in the polar climates. New Horizons continues to operate, and recently flew past Ultima Thule, an object 25% further from us than Pluto. Data continues to come in from the edges of our Solar System, with the initial images showing a snowman shaped object likely from the collision of two separate objects. ***** If you would like to learn more about the sky, telescopes,

  • There’s no time like the present: … except for maybe 1915

    Jan 2, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature18 CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century. Here’s a highly partial, by-no-means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year anniversaries to ponder in 2015. In January, 1915 … • Jan. 12: The House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote. • Jan. 19: Georges Claude got the patent for the device that makes neon advertisements possible. • Jan. 25: Alexander Graham Bell called his former assistant Thomas A. Watson on the first coast-to-coast long distance call. • Jan. 26: Congress established Rocky Mountain National Park. In February, 1915 … • Feb. 27: Typhoid Mary infected 25 people while working as a cook at New York’s Sloane Hospital for Women. She was quarantined for life on March 27. In March, 1915 … • This month: A plague of locusts broke out in Palestine that lasts through October. • March 3: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA, was founded. • March 19: Pluto was photographed for the

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