Space Art Monday: galaxy jumpy bug

Galaxy Jumpy Bug

Galaxy Jumpy Bug

This small bug can jump from one galaxy to the next!

That’s just my guess, because when things get too hot in one place critters have to move on somehow and what better way than with a long tail to spring a big jump.

The Milky Way galaxy is our home in space. It is a massive galaxy of approximately 400 billion stars, and probably a similar number of planets.

Jump, jump, jump……..

 

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Ocean Art Wednesday: Kayak Pond Skater

Kayak Pond Skater

Kayak Pond Skater

Here on the west coast you can see a Kayak Pond Skater on some quiet ponds. They skate across the water on four legs. The surface tension of the water isn’t broken because the Kayak Pond Skater has legs that repel water. They go about catching bugs that have fallen into the water.

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Space Art Monday: star time

Star Time

Star Time – what time is it in outer space?

What is time? What is space time? For most people they look at a clock to find out what time it is but other places check astronomical observatories for example where they check the time by checking the stars.

Star time is based on the true rotation of the earth in relation not to the sun, but to a certain point of the star sphere which is the vernal equinox. So, star time is the ultimate foundation upon which all our timekeeping rests!

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Ocean Art Wednesday: stick bird

Stick bird

Stick bird

Happy September! Hope everyone had a great summer.

Walking along our west coast beaches you often come across some interesting driftwood. Sometimes these old logs have roots attached and from a distance these roots can look like one or many birds!

Seeing a stick bird down at the beach is not unusual but finding a carved stick bird is!

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Space Art Monday: Meteor Shower Monsters

Meteor Shower Monster

Meteor Shower Monster

An amazing meteor shower is coming this week.

The next few nights should be a great time to see the the Delta Aquarids as they build to their projected peak on Monday night (July 28-29). Under ideal conditions, up to 20 meteors an hour can be seen before dawn Tuesday. Look around the constellation of Aquarius.

So you never know what you might see in the night sky.

Here is my drawing of a space alien that might be seen with a very, very strong telescope!

 

 

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Ocean Art Wednesday: salt grass

Salt Grass

Salt Grass

Not many plants like to live in salty soil but salt grass can.

Salt grass absorbs the salt in the soil and then sweats it out. That’s why crystals of salt can be found on their blades.

Interestingly you won’t find salt grass growing close to the ocean beaches, like for example the pickleweed. Salt grass has very tough roots that anchor them to sands dunes. Also, it is an important food source for birds, insects, clams, fish and crabs.

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