Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hubble Space Telescope spots one of the smallest galaxies ever discovered -- with a giant black hole at its core.

An artist's rendering of the massive black hole at the center of the tiny 'dwarf' galaxy revealed by NASA on September 17.NASA

CNN Reports:

NASA said Wednesday that astronomers using its Hubble Space Telescope have found a new dwarf galaxy -- known as M60-UCD1 -- that "crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th" the diameter of the Milky Way galaxy.

At the core of this tiny galaxy is what NASA is calling a "supermassive," or "monster" black hole, one that has five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. A dwarf galaxy is one that has a small fraction of the hundreds of billion of stars in the Milky Way.

However, when comparing the density of the Milky Way and the newly-discovered galaxy, NASA said looking at the nighttime sky from Earth reveals about 4,000 stars. Someone looking up into the sky from inside M60-UCD1 would see a million stars.

This is amazing. Think of looking up in the sky and seeing a million stars.  Awesome!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rosetta Space Craft orbiting around a comet over 250 million miles away!

After a ten-year mission the Rosetta spacecraft has landed a probe on a comet.  This is a great way for our scientists to learn about what actually makes up a comet. Congratulations!  This animation shows the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting the comet.  Remember this comet is over 250 million miles away from Earth!
Below is from the European Space Agency, ESA

Rosetta orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and scanning its surface to make scientific measurements. The colours of the beams and their shape on the surface represent two different instruments imaging and analysing the comet.

The Rosetta orbiter has a total of 11 instruments to study the characteristics and environment of the comet. Rosetta is taking images of the comet at a variety of different wavelengths, measuring its gravity, mass, density, internal structure, shape and rotation, and assessing the properties of its gaseous, dust-laden atmosphere, or coma. It is also probing the surrounding plasma environment and analysing how it interacts with the solar wind.

Rosetta also carries a small lander, Philae, which will descend to the surface of the comet and make in situ measurements using its suite of 10 instruments.

The animation is not to scale; the comet is about 4.1 km wide and Rosetta is 32 m across including its solar wings, and it conducts scientific investigations at a range of altitudes. The comet shape is based on a true comet shape model.

Credits: ESA

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Elephants looking after their young

This video shows how elephants look after their young. We should all look after each other for a safe environment. Enjoy the video.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Hypnotic Journey Through Waves and Water - Short film on Water

Inspiration can take many forms. A short film about waves and water can be both thought provoking and beautiful. National Geographic: Surf epic waves and cruise through monstrous barrels in this hypnotic short film from filmmaker Morgan Maassen. Using cutting-edge underwater cinematography, Maassen captures an electrifying, immersive aquatic experience.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


It's almost the weekend.  It's time to go out and be creative with your cameras.  Instagram, the photo sharing site, has a new feature called Hyperlapse.  Hyperlapse is a good tool to look at how time and place interact in an interesting way.   Here's a short video (0:27) from Instagram.  Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Do you know what an avatar is?

An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.  Middle School technology students made their own avatars and they are on display in front of m403 bulletin boards.

Come on by and take a look.

If you would like to make your own avatar you can logon to the Internet and click on the link below:

Bitstrips Website.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beginner Photography Tip: How to hold a camera

It's a new school year and many of you have a passion for photography.  One of the first things you want to learn about is how to hold your camera.

I've found this short video (7:02) on the subject by Karl Taylor.
Now, go out and take some photos.  Good luck and have fun!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What is a Blog?

Welcome back! It's so great to see all the students and teachers back at RIS. Everyone I've talked to had a nice exciting or restful break. However, we all agreed it was nice to be back with friends and colleagues. Today, I'm posting a short video "What is a Blog? I hope you enjoy the video.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

National Geographic - Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. (Wiki)
Here is a short video showing an interesting video by National Geographic Channel using AR in a shopping mall.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

RIS Middle School News: Interview with Ms. Cathy about the High School IB Year One Art Exhibit!

The RIS Middle School News Team recently interviewed Ms. Cathy to talk about the recent IB Year One Art Exhibit.  This interview was produced by Grade 8 students Winnie and Ryan for our RIS Community.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

RIS Middle School News: MS Games Day 2014

The RIS Middle School News reports on the recent MS Games Day.
This video was produced by Grade 8 students Mint, Mathilda, Daniela, and edited by Justin.

RIS Middle School News: HS IB Year One Art Exhibtion

This is a teaser for an upcoming interview story on this exhibition. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

21st century skills: What does it looks like?

21st century skills, like communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity:  the 4 Cs.

Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision to create an animated video that illustrates the clever and inspiring application of the 4Cs.  Watch and enjoy, then think about how you, too, can go “above and beyond!” 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Photography Class Gr. 7 - Sharing

Photography Class Gr. 7- Sharing

This video is to share with you the amazing images that we take in our photography class.  It's important for us to share with the world and give others the opportunity to see and learn from a wider audience.  Each student was asked to choose and edit a photo they were proud of.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Wonderopolis from NCFL on Vimeo.

Hi everyone! This week I'd like to share a wonderful website. This website is full of interesting things to learn about. it's fun to learn something new each day. Wonderopolis Website