February 06, 2011

AstroNerdTastic! ♥♥♥


WARNING: This post is full of @_@ Nerd ♥ for Astronomy and recent data that was released by NASA about the Kepler Mission.


For those of you who don't know, I am attending college again for the first time in 5 years! I am just going part time for now and taking a computer class and an astronomy class. I have always been fascinated with the stars and galaxies etc so Astronomy was the obvious choice for a science class. I couldn't be happier with my choice! My instructor is awesome and the class and the other students are awesome too (Minus "that guy" - you know the one who never shuts up and fills all the conversation pauses with random factoids that you don't give a crap about and relate nothing to the topic at hand)!

So anyways, we recently talked about Exoplanets. Exoplanets are simply planets outside out solar system. And in that lesson the Kepler Mission was brought up. The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets. I personally think that this is fascinating. Wouldn't it be cool if there were other habitable planets orbiting other stars?!?! I think so. Not that we could inhabit them (follow that link for some Astronomy humor about why we couldn't inhabit the 54 possible habitable planets that have been discovered)

http://kepler.nasa.gov/multimedia/Interactives/HowKeplerDiscoversPlanetsElementary/flash.cfm

Anyways I just thought I would share some Kepler Love ... If you want to know more about it you should definitely check out the links I have included in this post. ALSO If you are interested in becoming a Planet Hunter yourself :D go HERE... This Planet Hunter website allows people like you and I to get in on the Planet hunting action.......... AstroNerdTastic!!!!!

2 comments:

Colleen said...

Go you... you nerdy girl! I'm glad you're enjoying your class!

Oh.. thanks for the links to the shoes. There are some cute ones.

T.J. said...

I still remember going to the planetarium to see Hailey's Comet when I was little. This post reminds me of how fascinated I am with planets and such!

Congrats on going back to school :)