Scientific phenomena as seen by Chloé

Chloé has an eye out for more scientific sightseeing than the average tourist.


An image of a solar eclipse on October 23, 2014 through a telescope in Urban’s back yard. There won’t be another until 2017!

solar eclipse through telescope (Chloe)


Sunlight refracting in the San Francisco sky
Rainbow in SF sky Chole

A colony of ladybugs in Muir Woods

ladybugs at Muir Woods (Chloe)

Since I didn’t know what was going on with those ladybugs, I sent the photo and a query to Matt Mederios on our science faculty.  He is known for his expertise in moths, but I thought he still might be able to help us out.  And I was right!

Here’s his reply:

Ooh, cool!  They are indeed ladybugs (a type of beetle, not actually bugs, which are a mutually exclusive group in their own right), and they’re clumping together to overwinter [hibernate].  Some gardeners actually seek out these clumps, collect them, and then spread the beetles in their garden, since the beetles eat pests like aphids.

Check this out.

So, now we’ve learned something.  Thanks, Chloé!