Astronomy

This year, your Christmas tree can look out of this world with the Solar System Collection!

NEWS – I’m continuing on my mission of finding and drooling over every orrery and solar system representation I can find.  My latest finds are beautiful blown-glass solar system ornaments from the people at GlassSculpture.org.  B. E. Johnson and Joy Alyssa Day are the scientists/engineers/artists behind this company.  They make a lot of glass art, …

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Levenger has some “heavenly” notebooks for journal keeping

NEWS – These beautiful notebooks have celestial-themed covers, which would make them a perfect gift for the astronomer in your life.  Each notebook is 5.5″ x 0.25″ x 7.25″ and has 96 pages of 80-gsm ivory paper. One notebook has lined paper and the other has grid paper.  The celestial images on the covers are taken …

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Decorate your home with the beauty of our solar system

NEWS – I have a fascination with various ways that humans have attempted to model the universe.  I’d love to have an orrery, but those are very expensive, so I look for smaller, simpler representations.  This Scale Solar System Model Deluxe is my latest find.  The set comes with a “sun” that’s 53″ in diameter. …

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Wear the solar system on your wrist

NEWS – I’m fascinated by jewelry and little knickknacks representing the solar system.  I recently found a bracelet with stone beads that shows the sun and all the planets (plus Pluto, too if you want).  The Solar System Stone Bracelet is the perfect gift for the astronomers – or even astrologists if that’s your wont. …

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Show a loved one that they hung the moon with this necklace

NEWS – For one glorious moment, I thought this necklace was going to change to show the current moon phase – but then, such a necklace wouldn’t be as affordable as this beauty.  The Moon Phase Necklace from Moonglow is made of pewter and has a customized crystal to show a moon phase.  The pendant …

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Twinkle, twinkle, little skirt – Milky Way galaxy version

Last year, we told you about a skirt from ThinkGeek that was decorated with constellations that came to life when you turned on its hidden battery-powered LED lights.  That skirt was pretty, but it was missing scientific accuracy. ThinkGeek has introduced a new twinkling skirt decorated with “Great Observatories Unique Views of the Milky Way …

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The universe is at your fingertips with the smart, app-connected Stellina telescope

The Stellina doesn’t look like a typical telescope.  Instead of a long tube, Stellina is a 19″ x 15″ x 4.7″, 15lb block that opens into an ED doublet refractor with an 80mm aperture, f/5 focal ratio, and 400mm focal length sitting atop an alt-azimuth mount.  Its 6.4MP Sony CMOS image sensor has 3096 x 2080 pixels and a 1° …

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Wine bottle not empty? Put a planet-sized cork in it!

Well, these wine-bottle stoppers aren’t planet sized, but they are planet shaped.  The Solar System Glow-in-the-Dark Bottle Stoppers are made by Chinese artisans using lamp-working techniques to turn colored glass rods into beautiful spheres representing the Sun and some of the planets.  As they are being made, a luminescent powder is mixed into the molten …

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LUNAR lets you explore the Moon in the palm of your hand

Since I can remember I have always been fascinated by the Moon but I have to admit I really don’t know that much about it. AstroReality is here to change that with their new LUNAR Moon models. LUNAR is an exact scale model of the Moon down to every last impact crater, dead volcano, sea …

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Be the center of the solar system with this necklace

Inspired by Julie’s post about the solar system marbles, I have been searching for similar items.  I found a vendor on Etsy that uses sterling silver wire and stone beads to create solar system jewelry, like this necklace.  The necklace has a selectable length of 15.75″ to 19.7″.  The planets are natural stone beads made …

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4 ways to watch the total solar eclipse on Monday (8/21/17)

You’ve no doubt been hearing about the total solar eclipse for many weeks now. It’s a big deal because it’s the first solar eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in 99 years. All this time, you have probably been telling yourself to read up on the subject and order some special solar eclipse glasses so you …

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This bandana will help you find the big dipper

Colter Co. loves their bandanas. We’ve told you about their fly fishing knots and survival knots bandanas and now this year they are back with two more 100% cotton 22″ x 22″ square handkerchiefs that have been made and printed in the USA. The Stargazer bandana is black and features glow a dark print of …

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