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Rocket Science Video Class


Yes, It Really Is Rocket Science!

This is really cool.
Ever see a rocket launch? I mean a real rocket launch – the kind that took Neil Armstrong to the moon?

Next Wed. (Feb 23), there’s going to be one, and you can watch the live video feed from it.

Every kid should see this!
Before the launch, Aurora Lipper, from Supercharged Science is doing a live video class online where she’ll be teaching about rockets. Your kids will learn how they’re built and how they fly.

During the class she’ll even take them step-by-step through building their own slingshot rockets.

You can register for free here

At the end of the class, she’ll tell you how to access the live video feed for the launch of the rocket (It’s a Taurus XL rocket launched from Vandenberg, CA).

Aurora’s classes are really second-to-none when it comes to science. I mean her free stuff is way better than lots of paid material out there.

Don’t miss this one!

See you there,


P.S. You won’t want your kids to miss the tele-class or the live rocket launch. Register now!

Supercharged Science is an affiliate of mine. The class, however, is free, and I earn no fee unless you buy something else.

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Ring of Fire


A Milpitas Camera Club friend of mine traveled to India to get photos of the solar eclipse.

From Rajan:


I just wanted to share with you pictures I took of the annular solar eclipse that was visible in India yesterday (Jan 15, 2010). It was a very unique spectacle to watch. Many thousands of people around the world came to South Indian cities mainly Rameshwaram to watch this once in a lifetime event.

The eclipse was visible about 95% or more in these two cities, and the ring of fire as it is known (the ring or circle that forms when the moon is in front of the sun fully) lasted for over 10 minutes. I hear/read that this phenomenon (longest duration of the ring) will occur again in 3043 AD, although there may be other total solar eclipses in between now and 3043 AD, the will be not as long as 10 minutes, per scientists.

I took these pictures with a point and shoot digital camera from a rooftop of a home in Chennai, India. All pictures were hand held. Note that the eclipse was only visible 80% in Chennai. That is the ring of fire can only be seen 80% not a full circle.

From India

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