[ECP] K-12 Newsletters - Science Resources

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  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:27:02 -0400


Happy Reading for today.


Space Weather News

This week's full Moon (Oct. 25-26) is the biggest full Moon of 2007. It's no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and Thursday night's will be as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier this year.

SPACESHIP SIGHTINGS: Space shuttle Discovery launched this morning from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on a two-week mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This means sky watchers should be alert for spaceship flybys in the nights ahead. Both Discovery and ISS will make favorable passes over many US cities with the possibility of double flybys later this week when the two spacecraft are about to dock. Subscribers to Spaceweather PHONE (http://spaceweatherphone.com) will receive email and telephone alerts of flybys in viewing range of their hometowns.

ERUPTING COMET: Astronomers in Japan and Europe report that Comet 17P/Holmes is undergoing a spectacular eruption. The 17th-magnitude comet has brightened by a factor of five hundred thousand or more during the past 24 hours becoming a naked eye object in the evening sky. This may signify a breakup of the comet's core or a rich vein of ice suddenly exposed to sunlight--no one knows. Look for a yellow 2.5th-magnitude fuzzball in the constellation Perseus after sunset. ("2.5th magnitude" means a little dimmer than the stars of the Big Dipper.) At present the comet looks more like a star than a comet; it does not have a discernable tail, but it might grow one as the outburst continues.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2008 CanSat Competition. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2007. Download the application, visit: <http://www.cansatcompetition.com/Main.html>http://www.cansatcompetition.com/ This annual competition is open to university students from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Teams of 2-10 students are required to design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee. Participants are involved in the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system, and the conclusion with a post-mission summary and debriefing. All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser shall oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition and is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

NOVA presents "Marathon Challenge"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

     Team NOVA
     Meet each of the 13 runners as well as the Team NOVA coaches and
     discover what motivated each person to take on this challenge.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Marathon Diaries
     Watch short videos of four runners as they talk about their
     personal experiences and read their full stories in interviews,
     e-mails, and other notes. (Flash plug-in required to play
     videos.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     The Training Calendar
     View the week-by-week training schedule that Team NOVA followed
     to prepare for the race. (Flash plug-in required.)
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Ask the Expert
     Send in questions about exercise, training, and diet to Tufts
     professor, nutritionist, and marathoner Miriam Nelson. (Questions
     due by Wednesday October 31; selected responses will be posted on
     Tuesday, November 6.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Fit to Go the Distance
     Learn about the physiological factors that influence the volume
     of oxygen an individual can consume, one measure of physical
     fitness. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Ten Tips
     Take a look at some advice for rookie runners.
     (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Mind of a Marathoner
     Read and listen to Team NOVA coach and marathoner Ute Pippig as
     she reflects on the mental challenges and rewards of running a
     marathon. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

     Teacher's Guide
     In this classroom activity, students take each other's pulses at
     rest and after exercise to determine recovery times. (Grades 6-8)

     Program transcript
     The site includes a complete narration for this program.

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