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Dec
15
2014

My Balloon Launch Experience

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

aerial view of field and trees, with colored dots tracing a path

[Today's Multiverse Guest Blogger is Tanesha, one of the teen interns in our NASA NOVAS program. The interns created and sent an experimental balloon to the edge of space! ]

The balloon launch was held on Sunday, October 26, 2014. It was a fun, exciting, and adventurous experience although we did go through some struggles along the process. We weren’t sure about the exact location of launch because we knew it was somewhere around the Chevron Refinery in Richmond. We kept driving until we reached the end to a private marina called Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. First, we had to ask permission from the owner, Eric, to launch the balloon at his property. He called the Chevron Refinery and they told him if anything falls into their facility, we could get arrested. There recently was a drone that fell into the Chevron Refinery and everyone who was part of it got arrested. The homeland security were extremely upset. Our entire group got scared but we were keeping our fingers crossed so that everything goes well. Ultimately, Eric had to decide if we could conduct our experiment. Everyone thought he would say no, but he finally agreed and allowed us.

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Nov
20
2014

Science. Education. Wonder.

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

smiling woman holding sign that says Big Wonder

Science.Education. Wonder. Multiverse at Space Sciences Laboratory of UC Berkeley is uniquely positioned to connect with people’s sense of wonder. We facilitate making personal ties to science and the learning process to bring the richness of diversity to science and make science discovery accessible for all.

We are proud to be part of such a world-class institution, the home of great scientific discoveries, cultural diversity, and amazing education! Consider donating to Multiverse to build shared visions of science and increase diversity in Earth and Space science through multicultural education.

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Nov
07
2014

A Hands-On Visual Demonstration of Space Weather

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

dark sphere with flashing purple plasma encircling it

[Today's Multiverse Guest Blogger is Emmanuel Masongsong, a passionate outreach educator with NASA's THEMIS/ARTEMIS mission team at UCLA. Today he talks about the Planeterrella, a miniature Earth model that can simulate the aurora (Northern Lights) and other plasma phenomena, the sight of which causes "children and adults to shriek with delight, 'ooh-ing' and 'aah-ing' at the eerie glow of plasma suspended in a ring before their very eyes."]

I had a pretty strong amateur astronomy background, but when I joined the team in early 2011, heliophysics, near-Earth electromagnetism, and space weather really forced me to expand my perception. Describing the immense electromagnetic phenomena in the solar wind and Earth's magnetic field requires specialized instruments and multiple spacecraft to observe what humans cannot actually see. One of the first things I realized about space weather is that the media and the public's attention are heavily weighted to the visible solar phenomena of flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs)-- thanks to gorgeous images from SDO, SOHO, and STEREO. The news headlines harp on X-flares and devastating clouds of solar material (plasma) hurtling towards Earth, offering overly ambitious predictions of spectacular aurora that are not based on real-time satellite observations (and are thus usually disappointing).

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Tags: aurora outreach space weather
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Jun
25
2014

Fond Remembrances of My Days with Multiverse

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

young woman holding up structure

[Today's Multiverse Guest Blogger is Carmen Zheng, one of our former Surfin’ the Solar Wind high school interns, who grew up in Oakland and who is now—to our delight—an astronomy major at Cal. "On hot summer nights, we sat on the roof of my house, pretending we could see Pluto through our little telescope and pretending none of our problems existed."]

 On May 20, 2012, I was sitting in the back of a crowded minivan, basking in the cool breeze of the air conditioning and gazing out the window as the flashing city lights of Reno, Nevada whizzed by. Although glamorous hotels, slot machines, and neat souvenir shops basically surrounded our car, I was not looking at the streets – I was looking at the sky. May 20th was the date of an annular solar eclipse. We were headed to the small town of Nixon, Nevada, about an hour outside of Reno, where we would be directly underneath the passing of the moon between Earth and Sun. 

 

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Tags: astronomy eclipse field trip teens
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Apr
24
2014

Guest Blogger: From a Third-Grade Teacher

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

boy with solar glasses

[Today's guest blogger is Meghan Campbell, a third-grade teacher who took our "Energy from the Sun" workshop -- with positive effects in her classroom!]
Meghan: After three days spent participating in the “Energy from the Sun” teacher workshop, I promised myself that I would work science, particularly solar science, into my classroom on a regular basis. I have seen firsthand how easy it is for things to fizzle out or be forgotten, but I did not want that to happen with all of my newly acquired activities that align perfectly with the third grade standards. From the start of the school year, I was sure to schedule science in at least once a week. 

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Tags: energy hands-on activities students Sun teachers
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Mar
20
2014

Bulldogs Have Their Eyes on the Sky! (Energy from the Sun workshop in L.A.)

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

crowd in sunshineWe just wrapped up a great Teacher Workshop at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory—Energy from the Sun. The workshop focused on solar science and solar energy, and it coincided with one of the stormiest, wettest weekends in Los Angeles in a very long time. We are beginning to think that our solar workshops may actually have the power to bring rain! learn more...



Tags: energy hands-on activities librarian Sun teachers



Mar
11
2014

Cal Day at the Space Sciences Lab!

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 12th, from 11am-5pm, the one day each year that UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 20 minutes from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to SSL.  Activities include walking tours of UC Berkeley’s cutting-edge space science research lab, as well as talks on topics such the upcoming lunar eclipse, a career panel on cool jobs at the lab, and hands-on activities for all ages! 

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Tags: all ages Cal Day career family hands-on activities lunar eclipse walking tour
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Jul
19
2013

B.A.T.S. Takes Flight Thanks to Grant from Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund!

Posted by Dan Zevin
Dan Zevin

No, that’s not a grammatical error in the title. B.A.T.S. stands for Bay Area Teen Science, an active and united group of Bay Area youth and youth science program providers that are working together to provide safe, fun, and social science learning and career building events for Bay Area teens. Through a generous grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, B.A.T.S. is taking flight in 2013 with youth-driven Teen Science Nights, Science Career Fairs, Community Star Parties, Program Exchanges, and Social Media Discussions on a variety of science, technology, and engineering topics. learn more...



Tags: B.A.T.S. BATS Bay Area Teen Science In-Focus Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
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