You’ve probably heard by now that the Norfolk, Hampton, and Virginia Beach areas are experiencing the fastest sea level rise on the East Coast. How could this be happening? Like many other complex issues, there are a few variables at play. We discussed some of the global reasons for sea level rise, but what about our costal areas right here in Virginia? Are the rumors true? Are our coastal areas sinking?
For 250,000 years humanity has looked up at the vastness of the night sky and wondered about what else could possibly be out there. Over the years our search has become a bit more fine tuned, but we still wonder that big question if we’re alone in the universe or if there’s possibly a place that could hold life. Right now astronomers are thrilled to hear rumors about a big announcement that the European Southern Observatory will make in a few weeks.
The science of sea farming, or aquaculture, is much more than fishing or harvesting aquatic plants and animals. Aquaculture is a way of cultivating food under controlled, sustainable conditions to ensure that food deserts of the sea do not exist and thus we have a steady and sustainable food source, as well as a clean and healthy marine environment.
While the whole world is fixated on the summer games in Rio let’s use this as an opportunity to dig into some climate science. Athletes and sports fans from around the world have gathered in Rio to observe this awesome pageantry of human potential. Anyone that’s ever planned a party before knows how difficult it is to get a group of people on the same page. So, imagine how incredible it is to bring the world together for a few weeks.
Talk about the perfect combination for a fantastic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational experience!
Earth is entering the debris stream of comet Swift-Tuttle and this is causing the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. This year the best time to watch the Perseid meteor shower might be the night/morning of August 11 - 12. The debris from Swift-Tuttle is in a wide belt of the sky and Perseid meteors are already visible.