Time Lapse from the ISS

An excellent time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa
and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Floods in Thailand

Thailand and Cambodia continue to cope with widespread flooding in November 2011. Many communities in Thailand had spent weeks under a meter (3 feet) or more of water, and floods had affected two-thirds of the country’s provinces.

Photo from November 12, 2008


Photo from November 01, 2011

Due to the floods thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands more have been made homeless. It is estimated that over 2.4 million people have been directly affected by the floods. There is also greater risk of disease due to pollution in the water and waterborne diseases.

Economically the floods have been devastating. The floods have affected rice crops, a main food source of the local people, but also a large export crop. Rice exports in Thailand account for one-third of the total global market. This could lead to a shortage in rice and a price increase worldwide.

The floods in Thailand have also affected the production of cars and electronic equipment, resulting in price increases for these items around the world. Over 50% of the world’s hard drive production is based in Thailand. Hard drives are a vital component of computers and due to the floods there has been a worldwide shortage, increasing prices. Both Toyota and Honda have car production plants in Thailand which have been flooded, resulting in loss of production and millions of dollars of damage.

Flooded Western Digital factory, one of the largest hard drive manufactures.


Read more about the affects of the floods:
NASA Satellite Images:

Ireland Reveals Rich Scientific History

Boyle, Boole, Tyndall and Shackleton.

SiliconRepublic.com has an excellent article highlighting the rich scientific history of Ireland.

Pop over and read the article, I have a sample snapshot below:

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was born at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford. Boyle is sometimes called The Father of Chemistry. In 1661, he published The Sceptical Chemist. Boyle questioned alchemy, the pseudo-scientific predecessor of chemistry. He taught that the proper object of chemistry was to determine the composition of substances. He coined the term ‘analysis’. In 1662, he formulated Boyle’s Law, which states that the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely related at constant temperature.

George Boole (1815-1864) was the first professor of mathematics at Queens College, Cork (University College Cork today). Boole, sometimes called The Father of Computer Science, developed his system of Boolean Algebra while in Cork. This is used today in the design and operation of electronic computers and electronic hardware responsible for modern technology. Intellectually, George was a child prodigy. He started school at the age of 1½. There is a lovely story of how he went missing one day at the age of 2½. After much searching, he was found in downtown Lincoln in the middle of an excited crowd. Individuals in the crowd were shouting out difficult words to the child as a spelling test. George was fluently and correctly spelling the words and being showered with coins in reward.

John Tyndall (1820-1893) was born in County Carlow. He became one of greatest scientists of the 19th century. Professor of natural philosophy (physics) at The Royal Institution, he did pioneering work on radiant heat, germ theory of disease, glacier motion, sound, and diffusion of light in the atmosphere. He was the first to explain how scattering of light in the atmosphere causes the blue colour in sky. He explained how the gases in the atmosphere trap heat and keep the earth warm. He invented the light pipe, which later led to the development of fibre optics.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 –1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer, one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Capt Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–1904. He returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909, he and three companions made a southern march which established a record farthest south latitude at 88° 23′ S, 97 geographical miles (114 statute miles, 190 km) from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. Also, he is known for the Endurance Expedition or The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1917), its last major expedition. Along with his expedition, made the first ascent of Mount Erebus and the discovery of the approximate location of the south magnetic pole.

There is a book available too:

NAEP – United States Geography 2010

The findings of a new report from the National Assessment of Education Progress for Geography in the United States has just been published. They evaluated students in fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade based on their knowledge of geographic concepts and their ability to analyze geographic problems.

Nationally representative samples of about 7,000 fourth-graders, 9,500 eighth-graders, and 10,000 twelfth-graders participated in the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in geography. At each grade, students responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge of geography in the context of space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. Comparing the results from the 2010 assessment to the results from previous assessments in 1994 and 2001 shows how students’ knowledge and skills in geography have changed over time.

The results are interesting, the scores of 4th graders improved, 8th graders remained the same, and 12th graders declined. Overall male students scored higher than female students at all three grades.

Click here to learn more and download the report.

We have also prepared a quick sample question for 4th graders on map skills of the United States. Download now, 94k file.

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is due for lift off on Friday, 8 July 2011 at 15:26 GMT. A great way to spark the imagination of kids and get them interested in science, engineering and space.Watch live at NASA TV:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.htmlWe have sourced an excellent glider kit that you can print and assemble, so you can have your own space shuttle launch.

Download the printable PDF Glider

More interesting links about NASA and the Space Shuttle:
Space Shuttle STS-135 Information
Space Shuttle Atlantis Wikipedia
NASA Kids Club
NASA Classroom Activity

Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 10, 2011 over the Bahamas.

Southern Italian Peninsula at Night

Italian Peninsula at Night

A fantastic photo of the Southern Italian Peninsula at Night from NASA. This is great to illustrate the boot shape of the peninsula, and also how easy it is to see populated areas at night time due to the street lights. The photo was take on June 15, 2011 by an astronaut on the ISS (International Space Station).

At night, Earth’s surface is covered with a delicate tracery of lights, particularly in regions that have a long history of urban development (such as Europe). Large urban areas are recognizable from orbit due to extensive electric lighting and distinct street patterns. With smaller urban areas spread across the land surface and coastlines, the outlines of continental land masses are easily discernable at night.

More information can be found at the NASA website.

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5 Must Have Pieces of Educational Software

Screen grab of the article, click to visit anseo.net

Simon Lewis at anseo.net did a great article on must have pieces of software that should be in every primary school in Ireland, the titles are also suited to any school in the world.

Delighted to see that Know Your Ireland is included in the list.

Read the full article at anseo.net

If you think of any other great titles that you use in your school, add it to the comments of the anseo.net article.

Wild Fires in Ireland

Fires in Ireland taken by NASA on May 02, 2011.

NASA have posted some very interesting satellite photos of the wild fires in Ireland that occurred in the first week of May.

Some articles from the Irish Times in relation to the fires:


A helicopter spreads water across a fire outside Pontoon, Co Mayo.
Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall.

Europe Day

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

May 9th celebrates Europe Day, this is an annual celebration of peace and unity across Europe. Europe Day marks the call on May 9th, 1950, by the then French foreign minister Robert Schuman, for a new beginning in Europe.

This is a great opportunity to learn all about the countries of Europe and the European Union with Know Your Europe.

There is some great information available at the following websites:
Wikipedia Europe Day
Wikipedia European Union
Irish Times Article on Europe Day

Know Your Europe, great for learning all about the European Union and the countries of Europe, learn more.

NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour

UPDATE – May 16, 2011
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is due for lift off today at around 13:56, watch in the classroom. A great way to spark the imagination of kids and get them interested in science, engineering and space.

Watch the launch at any time at NASA Video Gallery:

Watch live at NASA TV:

Track the Shuttle on Google Earth

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The launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour has been delayed until May 16 at the earliest. We have sourced an excellent glider kit that you can print and assemble in class, so you can have your own space shuttle launch.

Download the printable PDF Glider

More interesting links about NASA and the Space Shuttle:
Space Shuttle STS-134 Information
Space Shuttle Endeavour Wikipedia
NASA Kids Club
Touch down, June 01 2011