The Life and Death of Stars

The Life and Death of Stars

Did you know that stars live and die just like other living things?…Okay, maybe not just like them. But they do have a beginning, middle, and end. All stars start out the same way, from a nebula. A nebula, otherwise known as a “star nursery”, is a cloud of gas and dust out in space. Nebulae

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Gravitational Lensing

Gravitational Lensing

Most of us have experienced using a lens in some way, whether it was using glasses, cameras, or our favorite, telescopes. A lens is a piece of glass or other transparent substance with curved sides for concentrating or dispersing light rays. They have the ability to bend light! Did you know that gravity can bend light

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Watch what happens: LED in Liquid Nitrogen

Watch what happens: LED in Liquid Nitrogen

It wouldn’t be surprising if nitrogen was your favorite elements. N2 is the most common molecule found in our atmosphere, making up roughly 78% of it. But here at camp, we have a different reason for why it is one of our favorite things to have around. We have a ton of liquid Nitrogen on

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DIY Chemistry: Coca-Cola and Milk

DIY Chemistry: Coca-Cola and Milk

Mixing different liquids together to see what they taste like seems like a part of human nature. But have you ever mixed your favorite drinks together just to see if a chemical reaction will occur? This is an experiment that you can easily DIY, but we do not recommend drinking it. All you need is

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Freezing Liquid Nitrogen in a Solid

Freezing Liquid Nitrogen in a Solid

Liquid nitrogen is super cold, -320 degrees Fahrenheit, but what if we could cool it down further or even freeze it into nitrogen ice? Watch this video and read more to find out! The solution lies in a summer day at the pool, sweat, or at least something tying them: evaporative cooling. When you get

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An Egg and Fire

An Egg and Fire

This experiment is very easy to do but will blow your mind. We have said time and time again that light can bend and reflect in crazy ways. Here is another example of that. Just by charring the outside of a raw (or cooked) egg shell and dipping it in water, you will be able

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Glowing Pickles they're Electric

Glowing Pickles they're Electric

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. We are dealing with live wires and 120 volts of electricity which can cause fire and/or injuries. Have you ever wanted to electrify something just to see what would happen? Running electricity of a high voltage through a pickle is definitely dangerous, but also tons of fun! But

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DIY Density Column

DIY Density Column

We know that density depends on mass and volume of a substances. We can easily see differences of density when comparing anything to the air in our atmosphere. But what about common liquids compared to each other? Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we did. In this DIY experiment we poured seven liquids into one container

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Lift: The Key to Flight

Lift: The Key to Flight

A Boeing 747 weighs around 750,000 pounds, so how does it manage to get off the ground? It’s all thanks to a force called lift and something you may be familiar with from other AstroCamp videos: Bernoulli’s Principle. Lift is just the name for the force pushing an object up into the air, but Bernoulli’s

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Non-Newtonian Fluid: Oobleck DIY

Non-Newtonian Fluid: Oobleck DIY

Here is a great DIY experiment that you should definitely try at home. Oobleck, a name based off of Dr. Seuss’s “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”, is just one such example of a Non-Newtonian fluid. Try this DIY out for yourself. All you’ll need is about 1.5 cups of cornstarch and one cup of water.  

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Behind the Scenes with a Lighter Flame Float

Behind the Scenes with a Lighter Flame Float

It’s a classic trick to make a lighter flame float, but how does it actually work? As it turns out, the secret can be found on your desk: a ballpoint pen. Though the key to the trick may be simple, there’s some really cool science making it happen. Follow along with us and we’ll show

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Will it float? Experimenting with Density

Will it float? Experimenting with Density

Have you ever wondered exactly why a boat floats or why rain falls down and not up? It all has to do with density! Density is a measure of how much mass there is in a given volume, or rather how much stuff you have in a certain place. It determines whether something sinks or

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