Look Up

 

Tonight there will be a meteor shower called Eta Aquarids. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity will be in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. The shower is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The waning gibbous moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year, but you should be able to catch quite A few good ones if you are patient. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Get outside and look up!

 

Why present day is the best time to be alive

Based on this article from the BBC It feels like it’s been a bad couple of years, but scientific and societal strides forward in recent decades have transformed global living standards.

And this video with Steven Pinker on The Cobert Report. Steven Pinker believes the world is increasingly nonviolent and that this may be the most peaceful time in human existence.

 

Or how about in this New York Times article

 President Obama noted: “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” It might seem difficult to reconcile this sentiment with daily horrors in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and other media-hyped doom and gloom. But he’s right: Though violent conflicts still happen around the world, the broad trend lines are all in the right direction.

Take a look at this infographic by phys.org noting everything we are currently fretting about.

So what gives? It feels more chaotic than ever, more violent and most disjointed. Could it be that the real problem is that we aren’t worse off locally or globally but we just aren’t thinking for ourselves? what if we close the newspapers and magazines, turn off the TV, our social media accounts, and the radio? Not as a reactive measure but as a way to measure our own lives. If we were to remove all the data points that are input into our lives and only worked with our experiences how would we answer the following questions?

Have you or someone you love been a victim of violence?

Do you know (personally) a child that has been abducted?

Have you been cyberbullied? Were you ever bullied as a child?

Have you been a victim of a crime or a theft?

Could it be that with a 24-hour news cycle seven days a week we just look for more things to talk about and those things tend to sway towards the negative? What if we made a conscious choice to tune it all out and just look at our lives and our own experiences.  What if we used our own lense to determine our level of safety and security, based not on what we are told but based on what we see, hear and experience ourselves. It’s time to stop listening, stop being scared and take our lives back and leave the fear behind. Do your own homework, research this topic – things just are not as bad as we want them to seem. Ask yourself why are citizens living so fearfully in this day and age? Could it be by design? Fearful societies watch over each other, they behave and they report. Is this the future we all want?

 

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Every Business Open To All

 

As an Arizona business owner, I can not even fathom not working with anyone based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, class, age, religion or otherwise. I recognize that other business owners may feel differently. How unfortunate for them as any discrimination means missing out on experiencing the richness that is all of humankind. Together we can all work every day to create a landscape where no one ever has to experience such hate.

This is an issue not of who to serve or not serve, this is about dignity. As the Supreme Court decides if the homophobic cake maker in Colorado has a right to discriminate we should all take a look at our own practices and behaviors. We can all do better, speak up more and support those with fewer rights then we have ourselves.

For more on the case click HERE.

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Want more celestial events in your life?

Did you get a total eclipse of the heart on August 21, 2017? Well turn around bright eyes there is a way to have more celestial events in your life.

Now you can Sync your calendars with all of the magic happening in the outer regions. The New York Times put together a list of outer space events HERE.

The Leonids meteor shower

Expect to learn about things like when the Moon will block three planets and one of the brightest stars in the sky, when the Autumn Equinox is, and when you can expect meteor showers. To name just a few. My calendar is synced and ready to celebrate space science through the end of the year.

 

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Be A Citizen Scientist During The Eclipse

Unless you live under a rock you that that on Monday (August 21, 2017) there will be a massive solar eclipse.  We will all be here to experience it so why not take it a step further an participate in a NASA experiment. NASA is inviting eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their smart phones.

Learn more about becoming a citizen scientist HERE

If you are interested do it now because in order to participate, you have to first download the GLOBE Observer app and register to become a citizen scientist. The app will instruct you on how to make the observations. Second, you will need to obtain a thermometer to measure air temperature. Observations will be recorded on an interactive map.

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at any time – we’d love to hear from you