NASA photo (The famous “Earthrise” photo from Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon.)
On Wednesday, November 28, at 1 pm, join us in the TCC NE J. Ardis Bell Library for a presentation highlighting the Apollo 8 Manned Spaceflight. TCC NE professors Raymond Benge and Dr. Kevin Barrett will inform us about why it is important to remember this historic space flight that will observe its 50th anniversary in December.
If you’d like to hear the Christmas Eve 1968 message from the book of Genesis the astronauts beamed back to Earth from the moon, click on the link below.
Two of the important events that occurred during the Apollo 8 flight were:
First humans to journey to the Earth’s Moon.
First pictures of Earth from deep space taken by astronauts.
For more information about the Apollo 8 flight go to NASA’s website at:
Join us on the upper level of the library on November 28th from 1-2 for this presentation. Light refreshments will be served.
In Astronomy, NASA, Science & Technology, Special Events, Uncategorized
“Bird Migration: What you can do to help our feathered friends”, presentation by Professor Tim Sebesta, Monday, April 23, 12:30-1:30pm, in TCC NE Library NLIB 2102. Come learn tips for making your neighborhood a bird-friendly one.
Did you know that there are over 600 species of birds that can be seen in Texas at some part of the year? Associate Professor Tim Sebesta is a bird enthusiast here at the TCC NE campus who will inform us about birding in the presentation “Bird Migration: What you can do to help our feathered friends” on Monday, April 23.
With Bachelors and Master’s degrees in kinesiology, Tim Sebesta teaches kinesiology classes on the NE Campus, but when not teaching, birds are never far from his thoughts. He led the way to bring more birds to the NE campus by getting purple martin houses, bird feeders, and bluebird boxes added in various places. He’s also started identifying birds seen on campus. If you’d like to know more about these activities, contact Prof. Sebesta by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us in NLIB 2102 from 12:30-1:30 on April 23, 2018 for Professor Sebesta’s presentation.
For more information about birding in Texas and Collegian articles about previous activities on the TCC NE campus, click on the following links. Print books in the library about birds are in the call number QL600s.
TOS Handbook of Texas Birds (TCC e-book) https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/tccd-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1604318#
From Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: “Texas Birds” https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_w7000_1673a.pdf
From Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: “Timing of Selected Spring Migrants”
Collegian article from March 8, 2016 “NE Campus Provides Songbirds Resting Stop”
Collegian article from Nov. 17, 2015, “NE Recognized for Friendliness Toward Wildlife”
In Bird migration, Bird Watching, NE Library, Science & Technology
“Human Behavior and Severe Weather” Presentation by Professor Kevin Barrett, Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1-2 pm; TCC NE Campus Library Upper Level
As the old Texas saying goes: “If you don’t like the weather, stick around a few minutes; it’s bound to change.” Do you listen to weather reports daily? Do you have local weather station weather apps on your cellphone? Have you ever wondered how, when, and why weather alerts are broadcasted? Come and hear how your city, your roads, your house, your family, your community, and even your boss can affect what happens when a thunderstorm is near. Join former television weathercaster and current TCC NE geoscience Associate Professor Kevin Barrett as he explains how humans have a huge impact on severe weather.
Speaking of weather, below are some statistics and some links about the weather and how you can be prepared for the storms to come.
From the Handbook of Texas: “Most tornadoes (also called cyclones or twisters) in the United States occur along a belt skirting the eastern edge of the Great Plains from Iowa to Texas. They are most frequent in Texas during April, May, and June.” https://tshaonline.org/handbook
From Texas Almanac http://texasalmanac.com/
Some extreme Texas weather statistics:
• Since 1950, there have been six tornadoes recorded of the F5 category, that is, with winds between 261-318 mph.
• The Great Galveston Storm of Sept. 8–9, 1900, was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history in terms of human life. Loss of life has been estimated at 6,000 to 8,000, but the exact number has never been determined.
• Lowest recorded temperature in 1899 and 1933: -23 degrees F.
• Highest recorded temperature in 1936 and 1994: 120 degrees F.
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning: a preparedness guide https://www.weather.gov/media/owlie/ttl6-10.pdf
Weather safety: lightning https://www.weather.gov/media/owlie/lightning-safety.pdf
In NE Library, Science & Technology, STEM
Come bring your lunch and join us for a presentation by Dr. Kevin Barrett, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:30-1, in NLIB 1129 Heritage Room on the lower level of the NE Library. His presentation topic for March 7 is on NOAA’s latest weather satellite that launched last week.
The first Wednesday of each month February-May, Dr. Barrett will present a topic related to NASA programs in the NE library. As a NASA Solar System Ambassador Volunteer, Dr. Barrett presents topics and invites discussion on the history and current mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. You may be surprised at the things that NASA has accomplished through the years and projects that are in the works. Some things you may not know about Dr. Barrett are that he is a former television weathercaster and science reporter and has a PhD in Environmental Geography from Texas State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Earth Science from Baylor University. His love of space science developed at an early age when he was inspired by space travel posters hanging in his elementary school classroom. This led to participation in science fairs and rocket clubs, and eventually a science related career.
The Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program works with motivated volunteers across the nation to share the latest science and discoveries of NASA’s space exploration missions through a variety of events that inspire their communities.
Did you know? Without the NASA space program we wouldn’t have the following inventions we all know: camera phones, CAT Scans, athletic shoes, dust busters, home insulation, wireless headsets, and the computer mouse, just to name a few. Thank you, NASA!
Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador Dates for April and May presentations in the NLIB 2102 Library Classroom are Apr. 4 and May 2, 12:30-1pm. Come join us!
In NASA, NE Library, Science & Technology, STEM, TCC
Raymond Benge, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, TCC NE Campus, gave a presentation on solar eclipses that informed and intrigued the audience at the J. Ardis Bell library on October 17. Professor Benge started out explaining exactly what a solar eclipse is and demonstrating with a globe and ball what the positions of the earth and moon would be in an eclipse. He went on to explain why we don’t see eclipses every month because of the slight differences in earth and moon orbits.
In 1878, Fort Worth, Texas, happened to be a hotspot for science observation when seven astronomers set up telescopes on a farm located where the hospital district is now just south of downtown. Because observation of the sun was mostly possible at that time during total solar eclipses, the group of astronomers from Harvard University traveled to Fort Worth to study the Sun’s corona, chromosphere, and the solar magnetic field. The NE Campus Heritage Room has a donated copy of an 1878 photo of the astronomers with their telescopes set up for the observation.
Professor Benge traveled to Tennessee for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. This was his first observation of a total solar eclipse and was practice for upcoming eclipses that will be viewable in the DFW area. During the recent 2017 eclipse, he was able to observe differences in shadows, light, temperature, and bird and insect behaviors.
Upcoming Texas viewable solar eclipses to place on your calendar: October 14, 2023—a deep partial eclipse, and April 8, 2024—a total solar eclipse visible in the DFW area. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!
In Astronomy, NE Library, Science & Technology, Solar Eclipse, Special Events, STEM