Monthly Archives: May 2011

Review of Jack Horkheimer’s “Star Gazer” formally known as “Star Hustler”

Every week in my Astronomy class my professor plays the most recent episode of “Star Gazer”, to encourage his students to conduct naked eye observations of the sky. According to the “Star Gazer” official website, each episode is available for viewing by individuals, classrooms, astronomy clubs, and more, free of charge.

“Star Gazer” is a television series produced in Miami, Florida primarily focusing on naked eye observations of the night sky. The show was created in the 1970’s and now reaches millions of people through most PBS stations worldwide. For each episode, there are two versions, a five minute show and a condensed one minute show. Each episode features certain celestial objects that can be viewed with the naked eye during the week ahead. Read the rest of this entry

Advertisements

Astronomy vs. Astrology: Is Astrology a Bust?

During lecture in my astronomy class on Wednesday, my Professor began the class asking us, “What is astrology?” and “How is it different from astronomy?”. At the beginning of the semester, we all filled out a questionnaire and most of the class said either that the two were directly related or that they were basically the same thing. In reality, as our Professor explained, astronomy is a science while astrology is unproven and not testable. To be more specific, astronomy is the scientific study of the celestial objects, their movement, and phenomenon beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Celestial objects include planets, stars, nebulas, comets, star clusters, and galaxies. On the other hand, Astrology is the attempt to determine ones destiny. Astrology is a false science, or pseudoscience. I know you all have heard of horoscopes which are based on your astronomical or “zodiac” sign. Astrologer’s believe that there are twelve signs: Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn. So, if there are twelve signs and you divide that by the six billion people on Earth, come to find, astrologers are saying that five million people are going to have the same destiny. This is not physically possible. Read the rest of this entry