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I'm an outsider here, so please bear with me. I have a 16-year-old nephew interested in the field of astrophysics and am looking for a birthday gift. I had thought about a book on astronomy, but don't see that field listed as a core pre-requisite for that career. Is knowledge of astronomy a core pre-requisite/useful for this profession? Thank you

there is a series of educational Japanese manga comics books called "The Manga Guides" they explain a particular subject of science and maths (like Physics, Relativity, Regression Analysis, Statistics, etc) and they are fun to read, I gifted the one on Physics to my 14-year old nephew and he liked it. Also the book has actual exercises between chapters and explained examples, and each book are independent, so you are not obligated to read all of them to finish the story.

There is one on the Universe and General Relativity too. I read the one on Relativity out of curiosity and it was very entertaining

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At first glance, this ceramic mug looks like a simple sketch of the night sky. But fill it up with a hot beverage and watch constellations like Cassiopeia, Perseus, Sagittarius, Andromeda, and more come to life in an array of colors. Alongside being microwave-safe, this mug allows anyone to go stargazing no matter the time of day.

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Nothing makes mornings more exciting than heat changing mugs. The only thing that makes heat changing mugs cooler is if they’re space related.

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Are you ready for takeoff? This cute cartoon glittery planet purse is the perfect handbag for every aspiring astronaut and space explorer.

Fashion Gifts for younger Fashionistas

My daughter has this and it is SO much fun! You use colored pencils to design outfits on the special pages, then download a special app and scan your picture. The app animates the fashion design on a model going down the runway. Super cool gift!

This includes 40 sketch sheets and templates and stickers.

These are amazing throwbacks (did you have fashion plates when you were a kid?) This set is especially nice with a carrying case and textures.

My daughter had this kit and it was she had so much fun with it! Using the included mannequin, fabric and supplies she was able to make actual barbie doll size dresses.

Fashion Doodle Book
We love this line of doodle books! This has pages of girls wearing different clothes that can be colored in.

Why not give your fashion lover the opportunity to style some of her own clothes? You could get her&hellip

Or get a 100 percent cotton shirt and some tie dye so she can make her own amazing tie dye pattern? (My kids LOVE doing this!)

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Astrophysics Student's Baked Treats Are Out of this World

Claire Lamman, astronomy graduate student and expert space baker visits CfA with homemade bread. In the background is the observatory.

When Harvard Ph.D. student Claire Lamman isn't helping map the universe, there's a good chance she might be baking a piece of it.

Take the astro cake she made last month that had a buttercream frosting rendition of the Milky Way galaxy. Or the Saturn cake she made a few months prior, a confection complete with rings (made of hardened caramel and walnuts) floating around a glazed, planet-shaped lemon-blueberry creation. Most recently, Lamman marked the landing of the Perseverance on Mars with a loaf of sourdough rye bread, adorned with a likeness of the new rover carved into the crust.

"I found a hobby that seems to make people around me happy — especially hungry grad students," said Lamman, who captures it all on her social media accounts, @lamman_cake and @ClaireLamman (Instagram and Twitter, respectively). There, the second-year Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student studying astronomy and working as a researcher at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian posts many of her space- and research-themed bakes, which range from telescopes and space stations to planets, stars, and even statistical equations and graphs.

"Online, the most common reactions are either 'How did you do that?' or bad space puns, which are appreciated,” Lamman said. "I've gotten comments on Twitter from official space agencies [NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency] and a few astronauts, including Chris Hadfield."

Some of the more complicated bakes, like multilayered French opera cakes, require technical prowess and patience. Bakes can take anywhere from a few hours to two days. For example, most cakes take about three to six hours active time, but she'll start thinking about the design weeks in advance. She usually gets it to come out as she pictured it in one shot. Sometimes, though, it takes a few tries, like the Perseverance sourdough.

The reactions often make the work worth it, she said. Most memorably, she baked a sugar cookie for Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who discovered the first pulsar signals, compact stars that emit beams of electromagnetic radiation. She is one of Lamman's personal heroes.

"She happened to be visiting the CfA on Valentine's Day, so I made a heart-shaped cookie with the signal she found piped on (it sort of looks like a heartbeat)," Lamman said. "I was terrified she would think a gift like that was bizarre, and my hand was shaking when I gave it to her. But Jocelyn was amazed and loved it! It was surreal to have an astronomy legend excited about something I made."

Lamman started baking three years ago to have something to decorate. She taught herself by watching YouTube videos. In 2019, she elevated it from just an occasional hobby to something more serious when she came to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She offered to bake something for her degree cohort. But these were not to be simple desserts. Lamman spent time learning about her colleagues' work so she could make something more personal, ultimately baking 15 cookies, some with plotted graphs depicting their research.

She has also made a few cakes. One was of the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, the campus telescope at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she did her undergrad. The dome was a fondant-covered vanilla cake.

"Many of my peers are doing exciting research but aren't used to it being celebrated in this way," Lamman said. "I am especially honored when someone puts something I made in one of their research presentations," which has happened a few times.

Lamman believes her baking has many layers.

"Too often science outreach tends to cater to people already interested in STEM," she said. "Sharing science-related art can be a way to step out of that STEM bubble."

That's because creative outlets can often help break down some old tropes about scientists, she said.

"[It's] showing that creative people can succeed — and are necessary — in science," Lamman said. "There's a bizarre perception that people either have a 'creative' or a 'scientific' mind. But most science breakthroughs are made when someone has a new way of looking at a problem or a novel observing technique. When scientists share their creative projects, it not only shows that we can be creative, but can give us an opportunity to point out how that creativity manifests itself in our work too."

Lamman makes this clear when she does outreach work with teens and children to get them interested in science.

"Showing cakes to them is fantastic because if they're not interested already and then you show them a cake, their eyes light up," she said.

When Lamman isn't baking, much of her time is spent doing homework and on research for the CfA, where she is part of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration. The instrument is mounted on the Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, southwest of Tucson, Ariz. Its mission is to measure the spectra of more than 30 million galaxies to see how far away each galaxy is in order to map the nearby universe.

Lamman interprets parts of the DESI data and helps find ways to condense different statistics into formats and visuals that are easier to communicate. Like many, she’s been working virtually during the pandemic.

For the 24-year-old, working in astronomy has been a lifelong goal. "When I was in kindergarten, we had our teacher read us about a day in the life of an astronaut, and that, that really stuck with me," she said. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to study astronomy."

At times, she had doubts, and at one point didn’t believe she was smart enough. But she persevered through the difficult theories and calculations and soon saw she wasn't giving herself enough credit. Surprisingly, she also realized the material got easier to understand.

"Once you're learning things at a deeper level, it felt like it was easier to learn because it was more satisfying,” Lamman said. “You want to keep learning more."

The same can be said for her baking. Soon the only problem will be what to do with all the goods.

Space Gifts For Women

Sterling Silver Crescent Moon and Stars Necklace

There are night where the Moon is so bright and shiny it just seems like it is made out of silver, don’t you think?. This is why the sterling silver necklace with a crescent Moon fits so well.

Sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% silver, zinc and copper, allowing the price for it to remain very reasonable, but hey, if you want to go to a higher price point, I’m sure you would be able to find something with encrusted diamonds and a similar design.

Nine West Star Accented Watch

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Allegra Metallic Shiny Star Dress

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Some items, like clever chemistry Crayon labels or periodic table blocks, have an educational twist. While others, like an Albert Einstein action figure or molecule necklace, will let you wear your love of science proudly for the world to see. Or, if you like to combine scientific studies with edible treats you'll want to check out cookie cutters that will have you baking cute lab beaker cookies in no time.

Gift for 16 year old Aspiring astrophysicist,,,, - Astronomy

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This website has been created by and is supported by a group of Boston, MA - area amateur astronomers. It is intended to be a convenient site to access news and information about astronomy and space-related activities of interest to the community and the public.

New Astronomy Course Meeting!

We sit around our campfires as the ancients did, and ponder. How did the Universe come into existence? How did life begin? Are we alone? But now we see a Universe around us containing black holes, dark matter, and expanding space. What does it all mean? In this course we’ll sit around our own campfire, and try to piece together the stories that modern astronomy is teaching us.

One meeting will be at a local observatory.

No math or science background required!

Meets at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 8 Tuesdays: April 4 - May 23, 2017, 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM.

Supernova Style Science News

with Ms. Julie Seven Sage

I would like to give a big shout-out to Ms. Julie Seven Sage . She is a 12-year old aspiring astrophysicist did I say "aspiring"? I think she's most of the way there!

She has an unquenchable thirst for all new things in science - not just astronomy, but physics, biology, paleontology, materials science, and, as she puts it, "the people of science". She has been producing, with the help of her parents, professional-quality videos discussing the latest news and developments in science and engineering. Julie is an amazing, enthusiastic young woman who will go far!

I cannot recommend strongly enough her videos and news clip updates. Please visit her sites and see for yourselves:

YouTube: Supernova Style Science News

She is also on Twitter, instagram, and Facebook.

February / March Astronomy-Related Events in the Boston Area


Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10 PM

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Topic and Speaker: "Update: New Horizons Mission to Pluto", Kelly Beatty

On July 14, 2015, The New Horizons space probe made a historic flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. At our November meeting that year, Sky and Telescope Senior Editor Kelly Beatty summed up preliminary results from that mission. Data from New Horizons continued to be received until last October. Kelly is here tonight to summarize what New Horizons has taught us about Pluto. Kelly Beatty, a Sky and Telescope Senior Editor, writes many of the feature articles and news items found in the magazine and on their website. He joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1974 and served as the editor of Night Sky , a magazine for beginning stargazers, in 2004-07. Specializing in planetary science and space exploration, Kelly conceived and edited The New Solar System, considered a standard reference among planetary scientists. He also taught astronomy for six years at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has been an ATMoB member since 2004. Besides being honored twice by the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society, Kelly has also received the Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service, the Astronomical League Award for his contributions to the science of astronomy, and in 2009 the inaugural Jonathan Eberhart Journalism Award and the American Geophysical Union's Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism. Kelly hails from Madera, California. He holds a Bachelors degree in geology from the California Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in science journalism from Boston University. During the 1980s he was among the first Western journalists to gain firsthand access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983, and in 1986 he was chosen one of the 100 semifinalists for NASA's Journalist in Space program.

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:30 PM

CfA Public Observatory Night

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Topic and Speaker: "Gravitational Waves FOUND!", Rainer Weiss (MIT)

A billion years ago, two black holes collided and merged, sending powerful ripples across the fabric of space-time. In 2015 those gravitational waves reached Earth and tickled the detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). This first-ever detection of gravitational waves confirmed a long-standing prediction of Einstein's general relativity. It also was the culmination of a decades-long effort. Learn about the technical challenges of LIGO and the significance of this momentous event from one of the field's great pioneers, Rainer Weiss. (Tickets will be required for this event. Free tickets will become available starting on Thursday, Feb. 9th.)

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10 PM

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

$10 members, $15 students, $20 nonmembers. Free for children 16 and under

The Asia/America New Music Institute and PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin invite you on an interstellar adventure about growing up, facing fear and making art. Using lighting and projections to lift the Atrium into outer space, this music experience will delight the whole family. Learn more at and .

Featuring new music by Chad Cannon, Sun-Young Park, Sayo Kosugi, Paul Frucht, and Matthew Aucoin. Lighting and projection design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, Kevan Loney, and Bryce Cutler. Conceived and directed by Victoria Crutchfield.

Approximate run time: 75 minutes, no intermission.

Family-friendly concert

Wear your pajamas and get comfortable. Performance includes milk and cookies. 18 and older concert

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 PM

CfA Public Observatory Night

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Topic and Speaker "The Glass Universe", Dava Sobel

"The Glass Universe," Dava Sobel's latest masterpiece, tells the story of the women who worked at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Hired by Edward Pickering because they were meticulous - and cheap labor - these women toiled over hundreds of thousands of glass photographic plates to carefully record the precious data contained therein. In the process, these hidden figures discovered the substance of the stars and the distances to them.

Boston, MA.
Open Night at Coit Observatory most Wednesdays 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

Thursdays (every 3rd Thursday ), 8:30 PM:

CfA Public Observatory Night

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Fridays (startng March 3rd!), 8:30 PM

Guilliland Observatory

Museum of Science

1 Science Park

Boston, MA 02114

The Sky Report for the Month of February 2017

In Morning (before sunrise):

As February begins, the evening sky hosts two bright planets (Venus and Mars),

two faint ones (Uranus and Neptune), and even a “dwarf planet”: the asteroid Ceres.

Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter grace the morning sky at midmonth.

On the 15 th , the waning gibbous Moon is just 3° to the upper right of Jupiter.

An annular solar eclipse occurs on February 26 th . As seen from a narrow swath of territory passing over southern Chile and Argentina, the South Atlantic, and southern Africa, the Moon will move directly in front of the Sun. However, it will be too distant in its orbit and its disk will be too small to completely cover the Sun’s disk. The brightness of the remaining light from the solar disk will prevent the many marvelous and subtle effects of a total solar eclipse – such as the delicate corona, “Baily’s Beads”, and the “Diamond Ring” – from appearing. Still, annular eclipses are often picturesquely described as “Ring of Fire” eclipses.

(February 26, 2017, 6:38 AM EST).

Mars and Uranus approach each other to within 0.6° on the 26th .

That angular distance is barely larger than the size of the Full Moon (shown as yellow circle).

Have you gotten a new telescope recently – perhaps as a holiday gift? How large was it? (We measure the size of a telescope not by its length but by the diameter of its “objective” – whether it’s a lens or a mirror). Chances are that it was in the size range of 6” (

200 mm) or – if Santa was generous to you -10” (

250 mm in diameter). How does your telescope compare to others?

The first telescope used to observe the sky was that used by Galileo around 1609. It is estimated to have been about 0.62” (15 mm) in diameter. Moreover, its optics were crude. Still, that instrument allowed Galileo to discover craters on the Moon, the phases of Venus, the four large moons of Jupiter, and the fact that the Milky Way is composed of innumerable faint stars. No matter how small your telescope is, it should be able to observe all these phenomena and more.

In the interval since, telescopes have gotten larger. How much larger?

Some of the most significant discoveries of the 20 th century – such as the facts that our galaxy is one of many and that the Universe is expanding - were made by the 100” (2.54 meter) telescope on Mt. Wilson outside Los Angeles. It was soon superseded by the 200” (5.1 meter) telescope on Mt. Palomar.

The next major advance was the construction of the twin Keck telescopes in Mauna Kea in Hawai’i. Each hosts a mirror composed of 36 individual mirror segments with a collective diameter of 10 meters. Keck 1 was completed in 1993, and Keck 2 in 1996.

Incidentally, the Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990, has a diameter of “only” 2.54 meters its superior performance is due not to its size, but to the fact that it orbits far above Earth’s distorting atmosphere. The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, to be launched in 2018, has a segmented 6.5 meter-diameter mirror.

Since then the race for ever larger apertures has continued. The 36-segment, 10.4-meter Gran Telescopio Canarias has been operating on La Palma in the Canary Islands since 2009.

The European Southern Observatory’s VLT (Very Large Telescope) on Cerro Paranal in Chile consists of four individual single-segment 8.2-meter telescopes, which can be operated independently or as a unit. These were completed between 1998 and 2000.

We are now entering the era of “extremely large telescopes”.

Under construction is the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), to be located in Las Campanas, near the city of la Serena in Chile. The instrument will consist of 7 segments, each 8.4 meters across. Completion is scheduled for 2025.

The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) would consist of 492 segments making up a diameter of 30 meters. It was to be built on Mauna Kea, with an initial operating date of 2022. However, the project ran into difficulties. Some native Hawai’ians, to whom the summit of Mauna Kea is sacred, objected to further construction on the summit protests have led to court battles, and the permitting process is now on indefinite hold. In case the situation is not resolved soon, consideration is being given to alternative sites such as La Palma.

The largest telescope under construction is the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). It will be composed of 798 mirror segments, adding up to a combined aperture of 39.44 meters. Construction is underway on Cerro Armazones in Chile. “First light” is planned for 2024.

Given the price tags in the range of $1 billion to $1.6 billion, we can safely conclude that Santa has been very kind indeed to the builders of the extremely large telescopes!

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