Over 40 And Unapologetically Nerdy…Stargazing in TN, Jedidah Isler PhD Spotlight, Dope ST Ships and Collections, ST Reads, Trivia, Prologue from Listeners

This is an exercise in the different ways to observe planets, moons and other stellar objects inside and outside of our galaxies.

Refractor vs Reflector(optical lenses and mirror

*Fun Fact there are 5 such Observatories right here in TN, owned and operated by the Universities and local Community Colleges.

Stargazing in TN

Highlights from the Observatories in the State

Clarence T Jones in Chattanooga TN-Reflector By Brian Stansberry – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9933037

Dyer in Brentwood-Initially refracting now reflecting

MTSU(Middle Tennessee University) Observatory located in Murfreesboro refractor , And the Uranidrome -the naked eye

The Middle Tennessee State University’s Naked Eye Observatory

observatory is made up of 12 columns surrounding a scale model of the sun (32 feet). Each column has inscribed on it, in granite,  a picture of a planetary object with facts about the object underneath it, and are all made to scale with the thirty-two-foot sun. The columns are also aligned with the spring and fall equinoxes. The naked eye observatory is an essential part of the star parties, as it allows users to map and see celestial bodies as they move across the sky.

Tamke Allan-Roane County Refractor Owned and operated by Roane State Community College

Cordell-Lorenz owned and operated by the University of the South in Sewanee TN refractor

Dope Black Women in STEM…Highlight Jedidah Isler PhD

Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. In a charming talk, she takes us trillions of kilometers from Earth to introduce us to objects that can be 1 to 10 billion times the mass of the sun — and which sometimes shoot powerful jet streams of particles in our direction.
Jedidah C. Isler
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materNorfolk State University (B.S.)
Fisk University (M.A.)
Yale University (M.S.Ph.D.)
Known forYale University’s first African-American woman to earn a PhD in Astrophysics
AwardsKavli Foundation Fellowship (2016), Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2012), National Science Foundation (2007)
Scientific career
InstitutionsVanderbilt UniversitySyracuse UniversityDartmouth College
ThesisIn Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion: Probing the Disk-Jet Connection in Fermi Gamma-Ray Bright Blazars
Jedidah Isler PhD.

Star Trek Corner

Ships of Star Trek

What Old Nerds with Disposable Income Purchase…

ST Trivia-please complete the contact form below to answer this week’s question

Listeners…Reading By TNFro

Fun Facts…There are over 500 waterfalls concentrated in the Eastern Part of the State TN with a majority on private property. All the astronomical observatories currently in the state are owned and operated by community colleges, state universities and private universities.

Ramsey Falls, TN

What does an multi-billionaire computational astrophysicist(Felicity Lundgren) and a quantum mechanical physicist (Dahl Lundgren) fix and eat in their chef grade professional kitchen? Ramen, Cup of Noodles. This is their exact midday meal eaten is the Japanese instant noodle topped with chopped boiled eggs and scallions grown in their hydroponic garden when they receive a holographic like image from a galaxy over 40,000 light years away. (Full Post Pending)

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