Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Venus: The Morning Star

I got a picture of the Morning Star this morning. Venus recently passed close to the sun and has now reemerged as a morning planet. Look for it as you drive to work in the low east.

Morning Star above the hills and a cloud bank

Sunday, April 23, 2017

UAVSonde Data for NearSys Station, 23 April 2017

UAVSonde where collected at 6:00 PM. Here are the data.

Altitude: 2,276 feet
Temperature: 68 *F
Relative Humidity: N/A
Pressure: 917.6 mb

Altitude: 2,555 feet
Temperature: 64 *F
Relative Humidity: N/A
Pressure: 913.1 mb


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Idaho State Convention

I gave a one hour presentation at the Idaho State Convention today. The talk was on near space and focused on amateur radio operators. It's because of amatuer radio and APRS that modern near space exploration is open to amatuer scientists.

Presenting to hams is one way to promote both the hobby of near space and amatuer radio. Both hobbies endeavour to get young students better prepared for STEM careers.

You can read more about the Idaho State Convention at, http://www.idahostateconvention.com

Saturday, April 15, 2017

UAVSonde for NearSys Station, 15 April 2017

UAVSonde data we're collected at 8:00 AM. Here are the data.

Altitude: 2,247 feet
Temperature: 40*F
Relative Humidity: 70%
Pressure: 934.7 mb

Altitude: 2598 feet
Temperature: 36*F
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 917.6 mb

Friday, April 14, 2017

Snow in Boise on April 14th!

Whoa, wait a minute! The snow is really flying in Boise this morning. Here's the scene out my classroom window.
The snow is starting to stick.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another Meadow Lark at NearSys Station

I was able to acquire a slightly better image our our neighborhood Meadow Larks. This time because I was indoors where the Meadow Lark didn't find me a threat. I'm still hoping to get a good picture of one face on so it's yellow and black breast can be seen.
A little closer this time

Found Paper Airplane

Well, one of the student-made paper airplanes was found. Two sets of paper airplanes were launched from my school back on February 24th. The location the airplane was found was just north of Lucky Peak reservoir. That's a distance of close to 20 miles. So I suspect the paper airplane was released at balloon burst, rather than earlier when I thought the balloon trigger would open the bag carrying the airplanes.

A map image of the paper airplane's location.