Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Moon Rocks chocolate bar

Moon Rocks chocolateMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one periodically on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is the Moon Rocks chocolate bar from Seattle Chocolate. There are plenty of products out this summer to commemorate and cash in on the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, and this is a fun one. It’s a milk chocolate truffle bar with “bits of popping candy.” I was thinking pop rocks, but the pop comes from a bit of CO2 mixed in with the sugary bits.

This special-issue bar was created in conjunction with the Museum of Flight, which has helped spearhead a lot of Apollo commemoratives in connection with its Destination: Moon exhibit that includes the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. It (the bar, not Columbia) is available in many grocery stores as well.

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Astro Biz: Bergevin Lane “Moonspell”

Bergevin Lane MoonspellMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one periodically on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is Moonspell cabernet sauvignon from Bergevin Lane Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington. The Moonspell is a wine that Bergevin Lane has made since at least 2009, with the 2014 vintage being the latest release.

It’s good wine and they’re nice folks, so Bergevin Lane should be a stop on your next wine visit to Walla Walla.

Why Moonspell this week? Well, we just had to feature a Moon Astro Biz on the week the Destination Moon exhibit opens at the Museum of Flight.

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Astro Biz: Constellation tomatoes

Constellation tomatoes

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one periodically on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is Constellation tomatoes from NatureSweet. Sometimes we go looking for Astro Biz entries, but usually we just stumble across them. In this case, my wife brought these home from the grocery the other day and I spotted them on the kitchen counter!

The Constellation tomatoes are something of a variety pack of NatureSweet tomatoes. Several of their other varieties have astronomical names, including Sunbursts, Eclipses, and Twilights. NatureSweet is based in San Antonio, and the tomatoes are grown in Mexico.

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Astro Biz: Starburst IPA

Starburst IPAMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one periodically on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is Starburst IPA from Ecliptic Brewing. Ecliptic is based in Portland, Oregon and (spoiler alert!) probably deserves an Astro Biz post all its own. Its website at present features nine brews, all with space and astronomy names. Ecliptic also has a brewpub in the Boise neighborhood east of the river in Portland.

The Starburst, according to the website, produces a soaring amount of hop flavor. Brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops for fresh flavors of citrus, fruit and pine. It uses 100 percent pale malt that makes for a super clean finish and puts the focus on the hop flavors and aromas. Dry hopped to the end of the universe!

Worth a try!

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Astro Biz: Lake Champlain Five Star Bars

Lake Champlain ChocolatesMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the collection of Five Star Bars from Lake Champlain Chocolates based in Burlington, Vermont. We spotted these in our local supermarket the other day—one of those checkout-line tricks!—and, since they were an Astro Biz couldn’t resist picking up a couple.

They’re pretty good! The bars come in six flavors in all, and are just part of a varied line of products from the company.

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Astro Biz: Starburst

StarburstMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every week on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Starburst candy. Starburst, according to the company website, was invented in 1960 in the UK under the name “Opal Fruits.” The candy found its way to the US in 1967—no doubt part of the British Invasion—and was re-named Starburst. The candy’s trademarked tagline is Unexplainably Juicy™, which makes it an especially good Astro Biz, because there’s still much in the science that can’t be explained. Plus, Starburst is a brand of Wrigley which is a subsidiary of Mars, and so you’ve got many levels of Astro-ness in there.

Since Starburst has been around for a long time, you may wonder why it took so long for it to appear as an Astro Biz. Truth be told, while I sometimes go on field trips to shoot photos of Astro Bizes, most of them are just things I stumble across, and I just happened to notice Starburst the other day at our local market.

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Astro Biz: Vega apartments

Vega apartmentsMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the Vega apartments in West Seattle. Vega is about half a block from the West Seattle Junction transit center, often a transfer spot for us as we head to or from astronomy events around town, so the building’s blue neon sign was hard to miss as we rode by.

We had to smile a bit at the building’s website claiming that Vega is “ten minutes from downtown.” That’s a 3 a.m., maybe, but Vega is in a good spot for access to transit as well as restaurants and other businesses in the Junction neighborhood.

We wonder what it is about naming apartment buildings after astronomical objects. We’ve featured several already and there are a couple more in the queue.

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