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My Personality Test Results October 2, 2012

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There has been much research on how people describe others, and five major dimensions of human personality have been found. They are often referred to as the OCEAN model of personality, because of the acronym from the names of the five dimensions.

Openness to Experience/Intellect

You are relatively open to new experiences.

You are well-organized, and are reliable.


You tend to shy away from social situations.


You tend to consider the feelings of others.


You are generally relaxed.



Keep Science Alive! September 24, 2012

I am not one to get on my soap box and converse about different peoples point of views on the topic of science vs. religion and who is right and who is wrong but this morning when I woke up and opened the newspaper, the digital version, and saw Bill Nye in the Knoxville News Sentinel being attacked, I just knew I needed to write this. I am impartial on the topic of religion mainly because I do not follow any religion, thus you can’t say I am predisposed based on a type of religion. I simply trust in facts, and what can be scientifically proven I believe to be true. Now, I am not going to speak about theories or religions I just want people to know why it is important to teach our children about science.

As I was reading thru all the comments people were leaving on the newspaper article and all I could think about was the movie Idiocracy. If you haven’t seen it you should.

I cringe every time I hear people dismiss evolution. I would like to ask them to please explain to me the theory behind evolution. I think maybe less than 5% of them could explain to me what Darwin’s theory truly means and the rest of the 95% would say we came from monkeys. This is heartbreaking! The media has made us against each other on this topic and many do not even know what they are talking about. Please educate yourself on both sides of a topic before you take a stance on it.

I have always excelled in the subject of biology; I even won the state science fair in Kindergarten with my science project on the evolution of a butterfly. In college, the same was true. I even disproved my professors on many topics and changed the way they taught some subjects. I made straight 100% in all my science classes without fall. I was also raised in church. I went everyday and even won a pin for not missing any services for a year straight. I have read the Christian bible cover to cover. I studied this topic for over 13 years. Why am I stating this? I want people to know that I am educated on both sides of this subject.

As you can see I really like Biology

I have been studying Astronomy a lot this year and I have learned so much about the universe we live in. I am amazed at what I have learned in such a short amount of time and we are learning more and more about it every day. When I was in school Pluto was still a planet, poor Pluto you will be missed, but science changes as we gather more evidence. Anyways, I start out with a quote from newspaper article “The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs. The Earth is proven to be about 4.54 billion years old. How do we know this? Well, if you study isotope dating (and not carbon isotope dating, which is good for tens of thousands of years only, not millions or billions of years as required for this particular problem) on solar system materials including meteorites and earth-origin materials yield an initial date of approximately 4.5 billion years for a large amount of items.

Why do I care if people misjudge the age of the planet you may ask. Well, I do not want us to stop learning and growing as people. I question everything people tell me. I do not believe in something because my parents told me or my teacher said it was true. I look at both sides of the subject and analyze the presented evidence and thus draw my own conclusion. Bill Nye states, “If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,” We need children to trust science and learn and grow from it for the greater good. We need cures for cancer and AIDS and many other illnesses that you can only get from knowing science.


In closing, parents please teach your children how to think and not what to think. Teach them to question everything and learn and think for themselves. Let them make up their own mind on what they want to believe and not what we want them to know.



Amazing Astronomy! September 11, 2012

As some of you may know, this year I have been very fascinated with Astronomy. I purchased my first telescope off Craigslist in the spring of this year and recently purchased another kick butt telescope last week. I am now the proud mommy of the Meade LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This thing does everything! I will not bore you to tears you with the spec but just know it is remarkable! High-quality telescopes are not inexpensive and this one came at a high price. I had to sell my tanning bed, which I never used as you can see from my pictures.

Back to the reason I started this blog. I wanted to share what I have learned about the universe over the past few months. What I learned blew my mind. There is so much to learn and I feel like I just started and never will stop. Here are a few basic Astronomy facts:

  • Only one side of the Moon faces the Earth. The moons period of rotation is exactly the same as its period of orbit.
  • All the dents you see on the Moon are caused by asteroids and meteors colliding with it. The Moon doesn’t have an atmosphere to burn them up like the earth does.
  • All the stars in the sky could be suns. The only difference between a sun and star is a sun has planets rotating around them. Only 55% of Americans know the Sun is a star, sad.
  • Some of the stars in the sky are so far away that the light from them takes million of years to reach us.
  • All the planets pass Mars are gas giants. We couldn’t even land on them if we wanted to.
  • Saturn isn’t the only planet in our galaxy that has rings, Neptune does too.
  • We can see our own galaxy! Most people don’t know this mainly because they have never seen it due to light pollution, but we can see outer lining of the Milky Way on a clear dark night. It looks like a cloud in the night sky; however, if you use a good camera and let it collect a lot of light, it will show many different colors of the gases. 
  • Just because it is night time doesn’t mean the moon is out. Many people think the Moon only comes out at night and the Sun in the day. Well, they can both be out at the same time. Tonight the Moon will raise at 2:39 am and will set at 4:52 pm, so look in the sky today, you should see the moon with the sun.
  • We are so small in comparison to the universe! Look at the picture below that I borrowed from Every picture has the Earth in it. At first we look big but then we end up looking like a spec of dust. 
  • There is a star, called Betelgeuse, that is 450,000,000 miles in diameter, and the Sun is just a dot compared to it. Now that’s really big.
  • Jupiter has 63 moons and Saturn has 60. The planet with the 3rd most moons is Uranus with only 27 moons, but that’s still a lot compared to Earth with only 1.
  • Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, temperatures can reach -280 degrees F. Since Mercury has almost no atmosphere, there is nothing to trap heat near the surface. Thus, the dark side of Mercury (the side facing away from the Sun) is very cold.
  • All the Planets are the same age, 4.5 billion years old.
  • The star Lucy is a huge diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. That would make one large ring!

I guess that is enough facts for now. I could keep going and going but I don’t want to bore you to death. I just think the Universe is such an interesting place. If you find it as interesting as I. please let me know. I would love to chat and exchange knowledge.


7 Minutes of Terror August 9, 2012

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This is why getting to Mars was such a big deal.

I stayed up until late into the night just to watch this happen live. I don’t think me and my husband have been so nervous and excited in a long time!

Science Rules!

Video from NASA


Welcome to My World in Astronomy July 29, 2012

I haven’t really posted anything about my new telescope primarily because I didn’t think people would sincerely care about the topic. When I first got my new scope I was so excited and had to tell everyone I knew. I would tell people “oh, hey, I just got a new telescope” I normally get the same response “that’s nice” and that is the end of the short 15 second conversion. I imagine the reason was that people actually don’t know much about astronomy and thus they are not able to carry on a conversion about it. I was amazed at how little people, including myself, knew about the universe we live in.

Once you start learning and exploring it, it becomes very addictive. When I show people images in the scope, they are astonished by what they are looking at and want to know more. Thus, I would like to start sharing some astronomy information on my blog to help people learn about the universe.

For your Astronomy 101 lesson today I would like to show you the 3 different types of telescopes.

Refractors – Probably the most recognizable to many people. This is what you think of when you hear the word “telescope.” The lens is mounted in the front. The refractor types of telescopes don’t usually require much maintenance, but can become increasingly expensive as you increase the size of the aperture.

Reflectors– These type of telescopes are for comparable apertures, are generally less expensive. Reflectors work by using a mirror located at the back of the tube and reflects light onto small mirror near the top. Maintenance is low, but ocassional adjustments to the optical alignment will be necessary. I recommend this type for your first telescope it is easy to use. Below is a picture of my first reflector. This is an Orion Skyquest iXT 6 on a dobsonian mount. Warning: reflectors can get very large and hard to carry if you are small person like me.


Compound – These types of telescopes are also known as Catadioptric telescopesThey function by using a combination of mirrors and lenses. This is takes into account both the refractor and the reflector designs.  They are relatively light in weight with a more compact type tube. Can be very expensive!

I absolutely love my new scope and hope to share pictures of the night sky with you as I learn about the world around us!