Astronomy, Dad Life

Dad-stronomy 101: Regulus

REGULUS Location: Leo Constellation Classification: Blue-White B Star Distance: ~79 light-years Alternate Names: Alpha Leonis, Lion's Heart Apparent Magnitude: 1.40 Meaning of Name: Latin for "prince" or "little king" Fun Facts: the brightest star in the constellation Leo and 21st-brightest in the night sky Regulus depicts Leo the Lion's heart Regulus is made of two stars, Regulus A… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Regulus

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Dad-stronomy 101: Capella

CAPELLA Location: Auriga Constellation Classification: Variable Binary Star Distance: ~42 light-years Alternate Names: Alpha Aurigae, Goat Star Apparent Magnitude: 0.08 Meaning of Name: Latin for "small female goat" Fun Facts: the brightest object in the constellation Auriga and sixth-brightest in the night sky Capella appears as a yellow or golden star Capella A and Capella B emit 80… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Capella

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Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran

ALDEBARAN Location: Taurus Constellation Classification: K5 III star (orange giant star) Distance: ~65 light-years Alternate Names: Alpha Tauri, "the fiery eye of the Bull" Apparent Magnitude: 1.0 Meaning of Name: Arabic for "the Follower" Fun Facts: the brightest object in the constellation Taurus the helium core has ignited a shell of hydrogen outside the core, making it a red… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Aldebaran

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Dad-stronomy 101: Pleiades

PLEIADES Location: Taurus Constellation Classification: Open Star Cluster Distance: ~444 light years Alternate Names: "M45" and "Seven Sisters" Apparent Magnitude: 1.6 Meaning of Name: Greek derived from plein, "to sail" Fun Facts: among the nearest star clusters to Earth is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars formed… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Pleiades

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Dad-stronomy 101: Betegeuse

BETELGEUSE Location: Orion Constellation Classification: Semi-regular Variable Star (varying brightness) Distance: ~498 light-years Alternate Names: "Alpha Orionis" Apparent Magnitude: 0.4 Meaning of Name: Arabic for "the axilla of Orion" Fun Facts: ninth-brightest star in Earth's night sky and second-brightest in Orion Constellation (Rigel) classified as a red supergiant one of the largest and most luminous stars… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Betegeuse

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Dad-stronomy 101: Sirius

SIRIUS Location: Canis Major Constellation (Greater Dog) Classification: Spectroscopic Binary Distance: ~9 light-years Alternate Names: "Dog Star" Apparent Magnitude: -1.5 Meaning of Name: Greek for "scorcher" or "glowing" Fun Facts: brightest star in Earth's night sky is actually a binary star (Sirius A, Sirius B) Sirius A is twice as massive as the Sun will… Continue reading Dad-stronomy 101: Sirius

Dad Life, Sports, Television

At-Home Dad’s Guide to the NCAA Tourney

Every parent will tell you they love experiencing things with their child(ren) and I'm no different. Except that my kids (mainly Nolan) have very little interest in watching sports. They'd much rather go to events (and run amok) and I'm cool with that. As a matter of fact, if money was no object, we'd go to… Continue reading At-Home Dad’s Guide to the NCAA Tourney

Astronomy, Dad Life

Become a dad-stronomer!

Despite getting a D in Astronomy while in college and having a telescope I had to have but never use, I've found all I really need to be a dad-stronomer is simple: kid(s) and a free app. The app is SkyView Free. It allows you point your phone's camera skyward and view the entire night sky. There's also a… Continue reading Become a dad-stronomer!

Dad Life, Food

My attempt at bartaco’s black bean salad

Pinterest is either a gold mine or land mine for recipes and meal suggestions. Often times for me, it's the latter as the recipes just don't come together like they're supposed to even when I follow the directions to a T. Restaurants also give me ideas for meals and sides, but because we don't eat out too often, those… Continue reading My attempt at bartaco’s black bean salad