Posts Tagged ‘planets’

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

February 18, 2014

On February 18, 1930, Clyde W. Tombaugh, an assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered Pluto. For over seven decades, Pluto was considered the ninth planet of our solar system.

Now we know that is not the case.

This video was made by C G P Grey.

Pluto may not be a planet (one less object to memorize in elementary science class!), but it is the basis for some interesting tattoos:

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pluto3That’s Pluto up there at the top.

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Still mourning the fact that Pluto is not a planet?  As Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Get over it!”

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Where am I traveling?

January 9, 2014

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I must have stars in my eyes because this is another astronomical post. I saw this story (click on the graphic for the animation) in the New York Times article on 2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling.  The story talks about the planets outside of our solar system that have been discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.  I do love a good info-graphic and find the animated planets just fascinating.  There is more to the story here.