Supersilly

Another year, another Supermoon. This one claimed to be the closest since the ’40s, which would be true if we all observed from the center of the Earth.  But we don’t…..so someone saw a very close Moon as it came … Continue reading

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Moonshadow

Under 300 days now…..and until I stand under the shadow, it is surely following me. So I run away, easier to do this year. Run to the country, to let the starlight wash over me for a bit.  To think … Continue reading

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Dark side

New Moon…when we are looking at the dark / night side of the Moon.  It was most new after sunset yesterday, so tonight one *could* be challenged to look for a very young Moon just after sunset. Working in the … Continue reading

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Dancing with the stars

I met, and fell in love with, the universe before I met boys. You never get over your first love….. I’ve been losing sleep lately to a morning comet. Get the gear set up the night before, then wake before … Continue reading

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Thankful

I am thankful. For family, friends, actually pretty much everyone I know.  Past friends.  Friends no longer here, whose memory still informs my present.  I am not the most social person I know, I can cheerfully spend days without other … Continue reading

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Bending metal

For  getting rid of frustrations, you really can’t beat denting metal with a sledgehammer. Even better, unbending metal with a sledgehammer. About a year ago, a dead tree next to the garage let loose.  Part of it hit the trailer … Continue reading

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The bright side of the Moon

Sometimes I think I am spitting in the wind to do astronomy outreach, especially with a partner like science.nasa.gov: “July 10, 2014: In June of last year, a full Moon made headlines.  The news media called it a “supermoon” because … Continue reading

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Lightwaves

Through the first few episodes, the new Cosmos series has been ok to good.  Lots of folks have detailed likes and dislikes.  But I have to admit….I really liked the last episode.  Two reasons:  people…..and light. I personally enjoy the … Continue reading

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Bicycle

I reminded myself many times last Friday of how many miles I used to log in relative comfort on my bike…… Sons need to do several longish bike rides to earn the bicycling badge for Boy Scouts.  So we’ve done … Continue reading

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Stone Cold Crazy

That’s what you would call spending a Saturday with almost 60 teenagers! It’s springtime…well, not quite, but close, so it’s time for Science Olympiad.  Your team has 15 members who compete in 23 events in four hours.  The events cover … Continue reading

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