Episode0074- Moon Dog | PWN Physics 365 | 21 March 2016

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On this day in physics: 21 March 1768- Happy Birthday to Joseph Fourier, who would have turned 248 today. I can't say it better than his wikipedia article: He was "best known for initiating the investigation of Fourier series and their applications to problems of heat transfer and vibrations. The Fourier transform and Fourier's law are also named in his honour. Fourier is also generally credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect."

Word of the Day- A Moon Dog is a phenomenon of a bright spot seen on a lunar halo, roughly 10 moons in diameter, as seen from observers on earth. They look like little swatches of light around the halo, which are caused by small ice particulates in our atmosphere at cirrus cloud height. There is a fantastic picture of moon dogs photographed in Alaska as the astronomy picture of the day, which you can see here.

Quote of the Day: "Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them." -Joseph Fourier 

Keywords: Moon Dog, Moon, Sphere, Night, Sky, Woodstock, Physics, Superconductor


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