The last 40 years with the SciSchmooze 9.16.17

Greetings Science Fans,

I have to apologize for this issue of the SciSchmooze. I have been reveling in the accomplishments of the folks at NASA and our Moon for the last two months. I find that I am at a loss for words (that rarely happens!) when I consider what we have celebrated recently.

40 years ago  Voyager 2 and Voyager 1 started their journey. It has been  an amazing journey and what we have learned from and achieved with them is stunning. When they were launched vinyl records were the way to hear music, cell phones didn’t exist, and the internet was an idea.

 Where Are the Voyagers Now? Voyager went to Saturn before Cassini!
 Voyager 1 Trajectory through the Solar System
 The Farthest — Voyager in Space is an amazing story about the Voyagers. I can’t recommend in enough.

Between the two Voyager anniversaries, the  moon got in the way of the sun’s light. This really shows the beauty and wonder of the Great Eclipse of 2017. I wonder how many of us actually went to see it. I did.

And then there is (was) Cassini. It was an astounding success as well. In 1997 pagers were high tech and...

cell phones were an upcoming technology. Please just watch the videos here and follow some of the paths down the webhole they will lead you.

 Waltzing Around Saturn
 Cassini Ring Grazing Orbits
 In Saturn’s Rings
 Ring-Grazing
 Time in Space

This week has a lot of really interesting presentations to attend. Here’s a few that might make you think:

  1.  The Power of Public Investment: Economy, Climate, and Future Mon 6PM Berkeley
  2.  An Evening of Microbial Appreciation Thu 7PM Oakland
  3.  Smithsonian Museum Day at Hiller Aviation Museum Sat 10AM San Carlos

OK one more astronomy program:  Life in the Goldilocks Zone Sat 8PM Mill Valley

It’s always nice to realize how lucky we are to live here in this period of history: Home Sweet Home

Time for fun but still learning cool new stuff!

 Peacocks like you’ve never seen! If you don’t like the song just click at the end of the time marker and wait for the next one or  watch them independently!

The world doesn’t really need a war but if there is one let’s hope it is as fun as this one:  Learning from a museum spat.
 

Have a great week learning something new and celebrating science.

herbert a. masters III
ScienceSchmoozer and a shameless promoter of:
the SciSchmooze @   www.BayAreaScience.org
 

“The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—men who are creative, inventive, and discovers. The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered.”
— Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist and zoologist (died 17 Sep 1980).
 

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