Coastal Cosmos

Solar system geometry on display with spectacular eclipse

Solar system geometry on display with spectacular eclipse

The geometry of the solar system reveals itself in the coming weeks. On May 20, the Earth, sun and moon will align during the day, generating an annular solar eclipse. 

The Sobia’s and The Dumbo’s

By Alexander J. Balikian

The Monster in the Hero

The following story is the 5th/6th grade winner of the Solana Santa Fe Elementary School Science Fiction Writing Contest.The judging criteria included creativity, originality, scientific accuracy and writing mechanics.

Putting San Diego on the map

Putting San Diego on the map

No matter how deep you dig that hole on the beach, you will not reach China.If you were to astonishingly succeed in digging through the Earth, you would end up in the Indian Ocean, directly east of South Africa.

Our sun is created from materials of first-generation stars

Our sun is created from materials of first-generation stars

Every atom in our bodies was created inside a star. We are all star stuff! Stars form when gargantuan clouds of hydrogen, called nebula, collapse under their own gravity. Hydrogen is the most basic and abundant element in the universe, accounting for about 75 percent of its total mass. As the nebula piles hydrogen atoms […]

Studying the mysterious impact the moon has on Earth

Studying the mysterious impact the moon has on Earth

What do you see when you look up at the full moon? A face? A rabbit? A spotted gray, a glowing circle? Or do you see a majestic world, created from the Earth, having an astronomical impact on its development and mass cultural significance?The moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite, orbiting every 29.5 days […]

Looking at that incredible substance we know as water

Looking at that incredible substance we know as water

Dihydrogen Monoxide covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and drives our climate. It can melt mountains and cut serpentine holes through Earth’s crust. It comfortably exists on Earth as a liquid, solid and gas. It fills 75 percent of the human brain and is vital to all known life. It provides a perfect medium […]

Make room for pelicans in the lineup

Make room for pelicans in the lineup

They swoop out of the sky, sometimes in tight formation, sometimes solo. They choose their line, then glide effortlessly along the updrafts of unbroken waves, soaring skyward just as the wave closes out. Their grace and style is the envy of all homo sapien wave riders. Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, or the California brown pelican, is […]