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10/08/2019 – Ephemeris – Ada Lovelace Day

October 8, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Ada Lovelace Day, Tuesday, October 8th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 7:10, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:50. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 3:21 tomorrow morning.

Ada Lovelace Day, is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM, science, technology, engineering and math. Ada Augusta King, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, born in 1815 is considered the world’s first computer programmer, writing a program on Jacquard loom punch cards for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Unfortunately the Analytical Engine never made it past the planning stage. The recently completed incredibly successful Cassini Mission mission had three women in top roles: Project scientist, Linda Spilker; Spacecraft Operations Team Manager, Julie Webster; Imaging Science Subsystem Principle Investigator, Carolyn Porco, plus many more. STEM fields are still male dominated but lets encourage women to enter them too.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Ada Lovelace

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) considered the first computer programmer, even though the machine she wrote code for was never built. Credit: Science & Society Picture Library

Part of the Analytical Engine

Part of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine on display, in 1843, left of center in this engraving of the King George III Museum in King’s College, London. Unknown engraver.

AnalyticalMachine

Trial model of a part of the Analytical Engine, built by Charles Babbage, as displayed at the Science Museum (London). By Bruno Barral (ByB), CC BY-SA 2.5.

10/10/2017 – Ephemeris – Ada Lovelace Day

October 10, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Ada Lovelace Day, Tuesday, October 10th. The Sun will rise at 7:51. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 7:06. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:01 this evening.

Ada Lovelace Day is a day set aside to celebrate women in STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Ada Augusta King, Countess of Lovelace, born in 1815 is considered the world’s first computer programmer, writing a program on Jacquard loom punch cards for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Unfortunately the Analytical Engine never made it past the planning stage.

The recently completed incredibly successful Cassini Mission mission had three women in top roles: Project scientist, Linda Spilker; Spacecraft Operations Team Manager, Julie Webster; Imaging Science Subsystem Principle Investigator, Carolyn Porco, plus many more. STEM fields are still male dominated but lets encourage the girls to enter them too.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Ada Lovelace

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) considered the first computer programmer, even though the machine she wrote code for was never built. Credit: Science & Society Picture Library

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01/15/2015 – Ephemeris – Family STEM Night at Greenspire School

January 15, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, January 15th.  The sun will rise at 8:16.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 5:28.   The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:07 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the Greenspire School is sponsoring its annual Family STEM Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the school on Red Drive at the Grand Traverse Commons. Red Drive is a block west of Silver Drive that connects to Silver Lake Road at Franke Road. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  One of the demonstrations will be a 3D printer.  The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be there also making dry ice comets, showing the sky and Comet Lovejoy through telescopes if it’s clear, and giving away two Galileoscope telescope kits and a some Race to the Planets trivia games courtesy of Professor Jerry Dobek and Project Astro. There are lots of hands on activities for the whole family.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

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Family STEM Night

01/16/2014 – Ephemeris – NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

January 16, 2014 1 comment

Ephemeris for Thursday, January 16th.  The sun will rise at 8:15.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 5:29.   The moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 6:25 this evening.

I am proud to announce that I have been appointed  one of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s new 38 new Solar System Ambassadors for 2014.  Solar System Ambassadors are volunteers that host star parties, and provide presentations about space, the universe, and NASA missions to promote awareness of the STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields as career choices or at least to encourage the students to become more science literate voters.  Ambassadors work with school classes, scout groups and non-profit organizations.  Being now newly retired I have the freedom of daytime visits.  I will be serving the northwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Interested?  The easiest way to initially contact me by email is at info@gtastro.org or bob@bjmoler.org.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.