Category Archives: astronomy

BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here! Here are the three books … Continue reading

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My third column for Metro Parent about kids and nature

The July issue of Metro Parent magazine contains the third (of four) of my “Raising Nature Explorers” columns. This one is titled “What Does It Mean To Be Connected to Nature?” and I share several ways that we feel connected … Continue reading

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BOOK: Vistas of Many Worlds: A Journey Through Space and Time

This is not a book specific to the Pacific Northwest, but I think it worth sharing here because it was published by an small astronomy outfit in Ashland, OR. Vistas of Many Worlds: A Journey Through Space and Time, by … Continue reading

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Exhibit: “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe”

Portland area friends, an exhibit about the Hubble Space Telescope, “New Views of the Universe,” will be open this Saturday, November 17 at the Hillsboro Civic Center in Hillsboro, through May. How did the universe begin? How big is it? What … Continue reading

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Photos from the Transit of Venus viewing party at OMSI

On Tuesday, when I first saw the dark silhouette of Venus moving across the Sun – transiting, if you will – I tweeted: When this celestial event next occurs, I will be 139 years old or so. Patrick, 111. Our … Continue reading

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Upcoming nature events for Portland and region

Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden Story and Strolls & Guided Nature Hikes (see pg. 14) at Tryon Creek State Park June 1st – Portland Children’s Museum is free from 4pm-8pm. Check … Continue reading

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We are all connected: chemically, ecologically, and evolutionarily

Getting outside and exploring nature is great, but how do you make it personal? As a science-minded person, I think of having a connection to nature in several ways, and I share these views with Patrick as we are out … Continue reading

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Meeting an astronaut at OMSI (in July)

July 23rd was Astronomy Day at OMSI. We went there for a short time, and attended a presentation with local astronaut Michael Barratt (I wrote about his visit in more detail at my other blog). Just a few pictures:

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Salamanders to Stars, family night at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Oct. 22nd

Via: Salamanders to Stars Saturday, October 22 6:30 – 8:30pm Events at the Education Center 8:30 – 10:30pm Star Party FREE Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is pleased to invite you and your family to join us for an evening of … Continue reading

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Scale model of the Solar System, with CFI Portland

On a rainy July morning, we joined a group of parents and kids from CFI Portland in making a scale model of the Solar System, a la Bill Nye (but not that large): When one thinks of the various planets constituting our … Continue reading

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