Growing up in the Deaf Community, as my Father was deaf, I would never give that visually rich experience up. The fluid movement of ideas and stories was my first journey into the world of ‘other.’ Since then I have understood ‘other’ with empathy and with a deep marginal native’s view. As my own identity transforms I feel comfortable in my ‘skins’ as they adjust and transform forever.
Thank you so much John Dobson (1915-2014) for teaching me and generations of star watchers how to build your DIY telescopes, to experience earth’s moon reflected on our faces and to know we are all made of star dust so treat each other well. Safe travels and enjoy the ride John, we know you will.
As a pioneer in the movement to end the over-criminalization of youth, Advancement Project has long advocated for alternatives to harsh school disciplinary policies. From years of research, The Project understands what works in terms of creating safe, nurturing learning environments where students can succeed.
Geminid Meteor Shower The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but he changed also hearts.” - President Obama (2013)