Saturday, August 13, 2016

~ Chapter 3 - Science and Water ~

I’m sorry I haven’t written in a while, I’ve been sick! It’s nothing major, just a cold that kept me in bed for a few days.

Classes started on August 1st, so two weeks ago. So far, I’m enjoying them! None of them are exactly what I expected. I’m taking:

  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry: There’s so many statistics involved! I’m looking forward to more chemical than mathematical applications, but the labs are nice! 
  • Our Solar System: This is probably my favorite class here! Aside from lectures about the solar system processes, I spend about an hour a week looking at the night sky and taking notes of any changes I see, it’s super interesting! 
  • Environmental Hydrology: This is also quite nice, it’s so cool to finally understand some processes that you always hear about but never really thought about, like why some places are rainier than others (like the Netherlands!) 
  • Environmental Change: Because of scheduling and being sick, I’ve only been to one lecture so far, but it was quite nice! 



This is an example of what I’m doing in Our Solar System. The building in the picture is Winthrop Hall, the monument of the college. Nowadays, above Winthrop Hall, there’s Mars and Saturn. Personally, I’ve been tracing the movements of Mars and Saturn in relation to a nearby star, Antares. When I first saw them, I just saw a triangle in the sky, and used a few tools to find out two of the stars making the triangle were actually Mars and Saturn! In the week since I first observed them, they already moved in the sky! 















Here is a picture of the beach we have on campus at sunset!















We have peacocks on campus! This one was just there when I turned around. One of my friends named him Oscar.











The day before getting sick, my friends and I went to a typical tourist area, Cottesloe beach. I have way too many pictures of the place! The quality isn’t the best because the lighting was strange, sorry! All beach pictures that  are coming up are on Cottesloe! 

















It’s so nice! I love the color of the water here! 














One of those very artsy pictures that should be a postcard or a painting! 















This was taken about 3 seconds before that big wave in the background soaked me. Even though it’s winter, the Indian Ocean isn’t as cold as I thought it would be! 














The winter flowers are so pretty here! Well, the whole winer is more like what I’m used to for spring, so that makes sense! 


















I was missing baking so made a tiramisu :) 














Today I visited a crater! It was made a really long time ago, but is still impressive! 















Near the crater is the Gravity Discovery Center - one of the areas where they proved that gravity waves exist! It was such a cool place to be at! I had to go for a school assignment, but it was really interesting to see machines and representations of physical theories. And I thought this sign was funny ^-^”













This is inside the discovery center - it’s basically a huge room explaining astrophysics. 













At the discovery center, I climbed to the top of the Leaning Tower of Gingin. (Gingin is the town where the discovery center is. Well, I say town, it’s more of a single building next to the discovery center). We had to drop water balloons from the top to see the relation between mass and crater size. There were a lot of stairs....















But the view was really worth it! On the bottom right is all of Gingin, including the discover center. All around? Nothing but bush. There’s the moon in the picture though! 













I even saw a wild kangaroo today! There were two of them, right next to where the cars are parked on the picture above. 








That’s it for this time! Classes start again on Monday, I’m looking forward to it! 

Have a great day! 


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