What is an Astronomer, Astrophysicist and Cosmologist

meteorshowerThe Roles of Science

Tonight I was watching “How the Universe Works” when I noticed the title of one of the experts was astronomer. It made me wonder what is the difference between an astronomer and an astrophysicist. Then I thought about cosmologist. I went on a search to see if I could find the difference and I found a great description that really cleared it up for me. It was written on a message board and I posted it here to share it with others who are wondering the same thing.

Astronomers do the observational part: they look out into the universe through a telescope, and classify what they see. Astrophysicists will then try to explain these observations using the known physical laws, which is what has led to our understanding of the inner workings of stars. Finally, cosmologists will try to explain the evolution of the universe as a whole: how did the big bang happen, and how did the universe evolve into what it is today. –
jabirali Nov 22 ’14

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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Hey, Getting Into Space Is Hard!


Antares Is Given The Self Destruct Order

Antares Launch Failure

Like  a lot of people on the east coast we were outside in the backyard waiting to see Antares launch from nearby Wallops Island!

And like many we were shocked when there was a launch failure. We’ve become so used to NASA and their partners having success and making it look easy. So much so that when it was announced that the Control Center self destructed the rocket, people immediately began their criticism without even knowing what really happened.

The space shuttle failed catastrophically one out of every 50 launches (a statistical fact that held true for 25 years before the design was retired), but what really gets everyone’s blood boiling with this launch seems to be that this was a private sector launch? I don’t get that.
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Antares Launch for Monday 27th – Scrubbed

20141027-AntaresAntares Launches From Wallops Island

October 27st 6:45 pm eastern!
Launch Cancelled.

Wallops Island Launch facility uses part of the Atlantic Ocean as it’s launch area. Rockets generally launch from the pad begin an arch flight pattern over the water for maximum safety. 

This launch area is called The Box.Technically it’s called The Army Corp of Engineers Danger Zone. But there actually two Boxes. The first box begins at the shore line. The second Danger Zone is much larger and further off shore. Check the NASA Mariner Notices “Flight Safety Plan” issued by NASA for this Antares launch for more information.

If an unknown boat of any kind finds itself in The Box, countdown is stopped. NASA has a procedure to clear area with their own Mariner support. Every attempt is made to clear The Box, but there is a time limit for doing that. Tonight the window was 10 minutes. The Box continued to be Red and Launch staff called the Scrub for tonight launch. The next window for launch will be tomorrow Tuesday October 28th at 18:15 to 19:45

Orbital Sciences’ launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle is set for launch Monday evening, if the weather and mechanical issues will cooperate. It’s a beautiful early night here in Virginia and we’ll be heading outside in about 10 minutes to watch the lift-off from Wallops Island!

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. For a visibility map of launch, see Viewing Area map.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.—NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT, October 27.

Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds.

For more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, see: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter

For more information on viewing sites recommended by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, see: http://www.esvatourism.org/space/landing_page_space.asp.

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at noon on the Wallops Ustream site at:


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Happy Birthday America!

4th of July In America

Happy Independence Day to all Americans everywhere!

Especially to our service men and women serving,
here and abroad!
To all those who support our military,
in the past and in the present!
To all those who fight for our freedoms and
our rights, in everyday life.

Thank you all for your service and all you do
to keep our country great!

Many Blessings,
~  Spyderwolf



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Space In 3-D!

A Simple Gift That Opened The Universe

So back on June 6th NBC shared an interesting Tweet.

@NBCNewsJun 6
Dream Chaser taking shape as space taxi rival to SpaceX, Boeing http://bit.ly/1xlsiWe @b0yle pic.twitter.com/FAgUEaDznN

Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser

And being the science geek I am, I had to take a look at the picture. Pretty kewl looking, don’t you think? I did and I replied to NBCs tweet. Continue reading