Category: Science

PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE

“The Nation­al Puer­to Rican Day Parade is a New York tra­di­tion that cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tions of the Puer­to Rican peo­ple to the his­to­ry of New York City and the Unit­ed States. The Nation­al Puer­to Rican Day Parade start­ed in 1995; which con­tin­ued the tra­di­tionof the Puer­to Rican Day Parade in New York City which began in 1958.  The parade fea­tures floats, singing, danc­ing and march­ing.  Last year there were over 100 thou­sand marchers and 3 mil­lion spec­ta­tors along the parade route. WHEN & WHERE 2009 Nation­al Puer­to Rican Day Parade Sun­day, June 14, 2009 — starts at 11:00 am Along Fifth Avenue (from 44th Street to 86th...

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Arecibo Observatory

Hid­den by the sur­round­ing moun­tains along the North-West­ern area of Puer­to Rico, lies the Areci­bo Ionos­pher­ic Obser­va­to­ry. It was built in 1960, and is fund­ed year­ly by a $7.5 Mil­lion grant from the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. These funds are man­aged by Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty in Itha­ca, New York. The “Dish” can be seen from a jum­bo jet 33,000 feet in the air, but a map is need­ed to find its entrance on ground. Sci­en­tists from all over the world have vis­it­ed there. In fact, because of the work that was done at the facil­i­ty by two Amer­i­can astronomers, in 1993 Rus­sell...

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Calling All Amateur Astronomers: Help Comb Arecibo Data for Gems

Einstein@Home is one of the world’s largest pub­lic com­put­ing projects, with more than 200,000 peo­ple donat­ing time on their own com­put­ers to mine grav­i­ta­tion­al wave data for the tell-tale signs of pul­sars. Now, Einstein@Home will begin search­ing Areci­bo radio data to find bina­ry sys­tems con­sist­ing of the most extreme objects in the uni­verse: a spin­ning neu­tron star orbit­ing anoth­er neu­tron star or a black hole. And the project needs even more pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Today, Bruce Allen, direc­tor of the Einstein@Home project, and Jim Cordes, of Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, announced that the Einstein@Home project is begin­ning to ana­lyze data tak­en by the PALFA Con­sor­tium at the Areci­bo Obser­va­to­ry in...

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Space Shuttle

Accord­ing to NASA the ear­li­est the space shut­tle will be able to launch will be March 17, at 7:45 pm. This mis­sion is sched­uled to car­ry the first Puer­to Rican Astro­naut into space and the Inter­na­tion­al space sta­tion.  This mis­sion was delayed last month due to leaky valves in the engine area (which pro­vide the shut­tle hydro­gen fuel) to keep them pres­sur­ized...

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NASA Update

NASA delays the launch of the shut­tle for the fourth time on Fri­day, due to cracked valves the three valves are locat­ed in the shut­tle engine com­part­ment and route gaseous hydro­gen into the fuel tank to keep it pres­sur­ized prop­er­ly..  This will also delay the flight of the first Puer­to Rican Astro­naut.  NASA hopes to be able to launch the space shut­tle by mid- March.  If they are unable to launch by then the shut­tle will have to wait until April to...

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