This year for the A to Z Challenge, I will be posting about...
By career I am a novelist, but by education, I am an astronomer. As a practicing Citizen Scientist, I spend some time nearly every single day in study, analysis or observation of our universe.
The science of Astronomy is not to be confused with the practice of astrology (ie, predicting the future based on your horoscope). Astronomy is a rigorous science involving physics, chemistry and biology (yes, really) to describe the universe we live in. For us, Mercury retrograde is nothing more than an apparent movement of a planet and not a portent of disaster in one's life, and our Zodiac has thirteen signs because the Sun spends a few days in Ophiuchus.
For the month of April, I intend to share a topic each day from Astronomy. Some things (like S is for Star) might be familiar, and others (C is for Chandrasekhar Limit) may be new to most people. I hope to present something for all levels of understanding, and welcome comments regarding what you think is cool about the universe.
Her Grace is an ambidextrous polymath in pursuit of a MSci in Astronomy from Swinburne University. And she is an author. To realise your place in the Universe, look to the heavens. To escape your place in the Universe, read her books.
A is for Astronomy and All Things in the Skies
B is for Baryonic Matter
C is for Chandrasekhar Limit
D is for Dark Matter
E is for Extremophile
F is for Fusion, or Why Stars Shine
G is for Galaxy
H is for Hydrogen and Helium, pretty much most of the matter of the universe.
I is for Infrared
J is for Jeans Mass and Jeans Length
K is for Kelvin, or how we measure temperature in the universe
L is for Lightyear
M is for Moon -and- M is for Mars
N is for Nebula
O is for Orion
P is for Planet. It's okay, you can call Pluto a planet if you want.
Q is for Quasar
R is for Radio waves
S is for Star
T is for Telescope
U is for Ultra-violet
V is for Visible Spectrum
W is for Wobble
X is for X-ray. Finally, an AtoZ blog entry where I don't have to stretch to find an entry.
Y is for Year
Z is for Zodiac