Monthly Archives: July 2015






Pluto from New Horizons
For nearly 10 years, the New Horizons spacecraft has been charging through space – the fastest spacecraft ever launched – on track to reach the icy outer edge of our solar system. The Kuiper Belt, as this area is known, is full of objects from icy boulder-sized rocks to dwarf planets […]

New Horizons takes a portrait of Pluto


Papers, brochures, cups, calendars on table
MADISON – Thursday, July 2, 2015 Articles and objects representing the University of Wisconsin-Madison circa 2015 were boxed and buried under the new maple floor in the center of the rotunda in Bascom Hall. Bascom, the third-oldest building at UW-Madison, is University headquarters. Carpenters for Bachmann Construction, Madison, sealed the box […]

Time capsule entombed in Bascom Hall at UW-Madison


Fireworks light up the night sky over Lake Mendota
It’s firework season in the United States. Independence Day. A celebration of our freedom and sovereignty as a nation. Each year, we stand in awe beneath the brilliant light shows put on across the country, paying homage to our heritage and our history. But how often have you wondered how fireworks are […]

The science of fireworks