Posts by Robert Klag

Issue #34 – Our Solar System

The Solar System is a planetary system that orbits a star and all of the objects that travel around including millions of asteroids; comets and meteoroids. The solar system is the only place we know of that harbors life, but the farther we explore the more we find potential for life in other places. The solar system we call home is located in an outer spiral arm of the vast Milky Way Galaxy. It consists of the sun (our star) and everything that orbits around it. It consists of the Sun(our star) and everything that orbits around it. This includes the eight planets and their natural satellites(such as our moon), dwarf planets and their satellites, as well asteroids, comets and countless particles of smaller debris.

Pluto

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Issue #34 – ORION: Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

It was named after one of the largest constellations in the night sky and the drawing from more than 50 years of space flight research and development, the Orion spacecraft is designed to meet those evolving needs our nation’s deep space exploration program for decades to come. From the first time in our generation, NASA is building a space human spacecraft for deep space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration. Series of increasingly challenging missions awaits, and this will be a new spacecraft will take us farther than we’ve ever expect before, including to the vicinity of the moon and mars as well.

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Issue #34 – The Void Step Beyond Reality

Within the confines of the beautiful Grand Canal Shoppes within the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino there is a new store and attraction. The attraction is a hyper-reality-full /body-virtual reality experience created by the superb combined partnership of Lucasfilm, ILMxAB and the Void. The virtual reality experience combines reality effects, environmental effects(such as blasts of hot air), and interactive sets for a unique and in-depth cinematic experience that will make one feel they are literally in a Star Wars tm: Secrets of the Empire” mission is for solo or up to four players and takes place during the events of Rouge One. The mission is brought to you by Captain Cassie and guided further by unit K-2. No spoilers but the mission participant(s) are rebel alliance spy/spies who must dawn a Stormtrooper uniform then wars then infiltrate, carry out orders, investigate particular things, and most important of all recover Imperial Intelligence vital to the survival of the budding rebellion on the lava dominated planet of Mustafar. In order to do so you will have to use your disguise to your full advantage, solve puzzles, and use blaster to help you survive against opposing forces. Equipment for the attraction are a high-tech backpack with connected VR helmet and a rifle that use your blaster to help you use to battle with. The helmet is fitted with a microphone to communicate with teammates and the backpack is fitted with connected VR helmet and a rifle that you use to battle with a microphone to communicate with teammates and backpack is also fitted with a mobile computer. It’s $32 dollars on Fri-Sun for an unforgettable and immersive 30 min experience. So if you’re looking for an awesome full body virtual reality experience and/ or a big fan of star wars then you should totally check out “Star Wars tm: Secrets of the Empire” at the Venetian.

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Issue #34 – How to join Las Vegas Astronomical Society

Observatory

www.lvastronomy.com/index.php

Hello, out there amateur astronomers, why don’t we join together and put our talents to good use. That is right fellow amateur astronomer’s, let’s go out and study the stars. While, joining together, we can learn very interesting facts about our study of our favorite field. If you have a spouse or a loved one, you can register them as well to join our esteem organization. Our esteem organization also has an outreach program, for providing support for School science and Astronomy nights. This gives us the Observer’s Challenge, and we would love to have our members to make contributions. Indeed, we would like to have your notes, drawings, and even your digital imaging. This gives us an intellectual framework in air society, to have debate and discourse, which is the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. Yes, amateur astronomers come one come all you are probably wondering how can I and my family join? Well, amateur astronomers, there are really no prerequisites to join are academically enriching organization. All of you, and your family will have to pay is $36 dollars, and you can go to any of our observing sites. Those sites include Death Valley, Las Vegas valley, Cathedral Gorge, and our prestigious L.V.A.S. Observatory. You will also get I.S.S. Passes, livestream on you computer and I-phone; to help you and your loved ones to get information, and too make application, in terms of membership and other related activities. If you are a student of astronomy, our fee’s amount $15 dollars, for being able to access our websites, that are intellectually stimulating. You can go to skymaps.com to learn how to produce monthly sky charts. There is the Clear Dark Sky website for local weather conditions to study. You can access live astronomy video websites that Slooh provides with their robotic telescopes. If you wish to join our league membership, you will pay only $44 dollars, and you can attend our upcoming events or do our observer’s challenge. You will be able to get access to do our observer’s challenge. You will get access to our magazines, being able to buy our Celestron Nexstar Evolution 6 inch SCT-$875 dollars and our Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8SE SCT-$700 dollars. You will be able to Blog information with websites of Allen Guthmiller and Robert Ivester, to do your own research. It is amazing, so join our society to expand your knowledge and to promote the love of astronomy, for generations to come! Join Las Vegas Astronomical Society Now! You will be shaping great minds for the future.

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Issue #34 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MOVIE REVIEW

Summary: Hey adventure fans out there it’s time we go to the movies. We are watching an action packed adventure movie. So, let’s take off, because we are going to have fun! Guardians of Galaxy is all about superheroes! The adventurer Peter Quill is the object of a bounty hunt since he stole a mysterious Orb coveted by the arch supervillain Ronan. He comes to an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun toting racoon, Groot a tree like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora, and the revenge driven Drax the destroyer. Misfits banded of self-preservation and gradually together out becoming superheroes for a greater good. When Quill discovers the true power of the orb and learns that Ronan wants to destroy the universe. Given the fact that the orb has dangerous powers of destruction. Quill must rally the misfits into becoming the “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a last desperate stand against the evil Ronan! It is a space based marvel comic adventure that will leave you on edge, as the Cosmos very survival hangs in the balance! One shall stand the other will fall! Which one will it be?

Moon

See it or skip it: We at Circles magazine to see it! This is a fantastic movie that we highly recommend. If you are a fan of sci-fi action adventure, then this is the movie for you.

I am Groot

Purple Planet

Year of Release: 2014. Studio: Marvel, Disney. Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy. Rating: PG-13. Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Van Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista

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Issue#34 – MISSIONS TO OTHER PLANETS

Missions to other planets has been busy over the last fifty years laying the groundwork for efficient space travel to other planets both in and out of the local star system. With a 19.5 billion dollar directive to get humans to or on Mars by the early 2030s; we should not forget the enormous strides in understanding the Solar system we have taken. American space probes have visited each of the planets in the system; some more than others (Jupiter), others only once (Neptune).
Here is a list of probes sent by the people of Earth to investigate the outer planets of the Sol system. We have included launch dates, purpose, and where they are now.

Voyager 1: Mission to study the weather, the magnetic fields, and the rings of both Jupiter and Saturn before continuing out of the Sol system

Voyager 2; Took a longer trajectory to reach Jupiter(1979) and Saturn(1981), as well as flybys of Uranus(1986)and

Pioneer 10(March, 1972) Built to study the cosmic rays and solar winds, it visited Jupiter and is now headed out of the system. In 2003, it lost power for the radio transmitter at a range of 12 billion kilometers from Earth; well past the orbit of the Pluto Kuiper Belt Object.

Pioneer 11: Had the same mission goals as Pioneer 10 except that it’s flight path included a visit to Saturn as well. It also is dead for the stars and its last transmissions were received in late 1995.

Cassini-Huygens: Launched from Cape Kennedy, Cassini carried the Huygens lander to Saturn where it would land on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons

Galileo: The first of our probes not launched, but carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Its goal included the study of Jupiter and its moons.

Ulysses: To examine the ‘north’ and ‘south’ poles of the sun. It would first have to travel to Jupiter and then to the star in an orbit that required almost six years between passes on the sun’s poles.

New Horizons: Would do a fly-by on the Pluto object and other Kuiper Belt Objects.

Juno: Entered the polar orbit of Jupiter in July 2016 and will study the winds and atmosphere until it’s planned deceleration and destruction in 2021.

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Issue #34 – D.I.Y. Galaxy Slime

INSTRUCTIONS:

In one bowl, mix 1/2 cup of glue with 1/2 cup of water. Stir together; it will mix nicely.  Add food coloring to the glue and water mixture. We used 6 drops of blue and 3 drops of red to get a nice dark purple color. In the other bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of borax with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir until the borax is dissolved. This takes a while, so you will have to be patient. If you skip this step, your slime will not come out very well. Adding the purple glue mixture to the borax solution. The mixture turns into goop when they come into contact with

each other.You’ll see the slime start to form. Stir as much as you can. Use your hands to get in there and work it around. Take your glob of slime out of the bowl and put it on your wax paper. It’s okay if there is some water left behind.The slime is now on the waxed paper in one piece. It’s time to add some glitter galaxies! Flatten out your slime and spread glitter over the top. You can use any color or combination of colors, but lighter ones will work best because they will stand out against the dark purple. Fold your slime in half to seal in the glitter. Then press it out and fold it over again. The slime is folded in half enclosing the glitter inside.  Play with your handheld universe and watch it stretch and expand!

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Issue #34 – Let’s Fly Off

Interview with Pilot Instructor Ernie Swallie from Light Sport Aviation

Q. Do you fly a plane or jet?

A.  I fly a plane.

Q. How long did it take you to get your license?

A. It took about 3 months for my private license and 1 year for my commercial license. I got my license in Hawaii in 1972. I recently got back into flying in the past 3 years.

Q. What kind of plane do you fly?

A. I fly a light sport plane which means a plane that weighs less than 1320 lbs.

Q. Have you ever been to different states while flying?

A. Yes I brought the plane from Florida and flew it here to Las Vegas. And we fly to Utah and California every week.

Q. Do you enjoy being a pilot instructor?

A. Yes, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.

Q. How many hours did you have to study to be an instructor?

A. 250 hours flying time for the Pilot license but you also have to study for the written exam and even more hours for my commercial license and my flight instructor license.

Q. Do you have to fly alone or can you take passengers?

A. I take students but you need a commercial license

to do that.

Q. How many people can you fit in a plane?

A. We can take up to 2 people the pilot and 1 passenger.

Q. Do you have to wear a uniform?

A. No I do not need to wear a uniform.

Q. What flight school did you attend?

A. I went to Honolulu Flyers in Hawaii.

Q. Do you fly in winter storms?

A. Visual flyers like us don’t fly in bad weather because  we rely on our sight to fly.

Q. How hard is it to stop a plane when landing?

A. It depends how fast you are going. It takes 500ft to stop and 1200ft to take off.

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