Partial Solar Eclipse Today!

Tonight, right around sunset, there will be a partial eclipse of the sun, visible from most of North America.  As the sun sets, skywatchers will get to see the moon gradually cover about half of the sun, before it disappears below the horizon. A map of the viewing area shows that the best spot to see it will be all the way up in the Canadian arctic. If you don’t live in the Arctic circle, you can certainly see the eclipse in the South-West near the horizon as it sets.  The moon will start to cover the sun around 5:45 EDT,...

Top 5 comet breakups in History

When comets breakup it can be an emotional time for Astronomers, amateur and professional alike.  Though not like a breakup with a significant other, we get our hopes up that the next comet will be a comet of the century.  We do this because comets are very unpredictable, and any given close approach to Earth could be spectacular….or terrible. Comet ISON is about to pass behind the sun on November 28th, and could potentially break into pieces from the sun’s incredible tidal forces.  In honour of a new potential breakup, here are the top 5 comet breakups in history: #5...

Rubik’s Cube Challenge: Did I do it?

The finale of the Rubik’s cube challenge was on Sunday, and yielded some interesting results. To confirm, I did not look at an actual cube or picture of one between the start of the challenge last Wednesday, and the finale on Sunday.  All I did was read the book on the cube solution.  Before I reveal the results let me give you a rundown of what I had to do. To make it work required memorizing a lot of steps, and learning the notation used by the book. In the above picture, the top side (T) is yellow, the Front...

Rubik’s Cube – My First Time Challenge

I have never, not once, in my life, solved or seriously attempted to solve a Rubik’s cube. I had all kinds of puzzles and games growing up, so I wasn’t deprived at all, it just never happened.  I feel I was just past the generation that was introduced to the cube, and maybe a quick look as a kid convinced me it wasn’t worth the time.  I also think that never seeing one in a store as a child was a factor, or maybe I was just into video games. While training for my new part time job this week...

The Great To-Do List Experiment: Astrid Review

If you didn’t know, I’ve been trying out and reviewing some productivity tools. See the original post here. The first tool I tried out is Astrid. Astrid is a web-based list tool that let’s you manage tasks and fit them into many different categories.  Using HTML5 it updates in real time, and syncs with some mobile devices, though not all of them. Visual Appeal 7/10: Though I didn’t customize it, Astrid has some great built in themes, and some of them are downright cheery.  The tasks are colour coded by priority, and the lists are easy to see.  The system is...

A new Podcast and an Astronomy in Action Update

Long time no see internet.  I’ve survived a busy end of year performing my Astronomy shows for kids of all ages, and now the summer is here. I started by finishing up Part 2 of my supernova podcast.  The second part is more of the up to date stuff, and you can find it here.  I’m taking suggestions for my next podcast topic, so feel free to give suggestions. This summer is a bit of a revamp and leap for my companies.  I’m developing a new series of science shows called EPIC Science, consisting of high energy demos that are...

The Great To-Do List Experiment

I am a ‘list’ kinda guy.  I keep many chrome tabs open of articles and items I want to read, I have lists on sticky notes all around my room, and I have every little daily task I want to accomplish written down somewhere.  However that ‘somewhere’ is often ‘somewhere I can’t find it when I need it.’ So in order to keep my lists organized and by extension my life, I am going to propose a great list experiment, where I’ll be trying out some web and app based productivity tools for a week or so.  After I’m done...

Finding enjoyment in everyday life

I’m lazy….. Well sometimes. I like to spend time relaxing, watching a tv show or playing a video game, or even playing guitar, which I guess seems like a productive thing to do.  Generally, I procrastinate like a hero, achieving absolutely nothing.  With my recent lack of work due to the entrepreneurial lifestyle, I found myself with a lot of free time. i spent the last three months having fun, catching up on tv and video games, improving my guitar playing, and spending time with good friends.  This is all fine and good, but while my friends were working on...

An Explosive new Podcast

A Commander Chris Hadfield returns home tonight, the York Universe crew will be focusing on his voyage with a special show, featuring talk of the incredible and inspiring exploits of the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station.  Featured in this episode will be an interview with one of the newest Canadian Astronauts, Jeremy Hansen.  I was lucky enough to be a part of this interview, and am excited that it will finally reach air time tonight! Also debuting tonight after the York Universe episode, will be my second ‘What’s The Latest?’ podcast, entitled ‘Supernova part 1.’  Find it in...

Fairwell fair Herschel

The Hershel Observatory, an ESA telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations as it has finally run out of its liquid Helium coolant, as expected.  This is a good time to remember the multitude of data that a space based telescope can churn out, and the incredible scientific advancement that comes from such missions. On the heels of the NASA proposed budget, it reminds us how important scientific funding and advancement are, especially for countries that have a good standard of living.  The high end technology that comes from developing missions like this...