Remembrance

The conquest of space is worth the risk of life. — Astronaut Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom. January 27, 1967.  January 28, 1986.  February 1, 2003. This has not been a kind time of year for the US space program.  So we … Continue reading

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Warning: Astrodork humor

Can’t resist.  Today is the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s flight past Uranus. We got to see the rings around Uranus.  The backside of Uranus.  Moons of Uranus. Even NASA works the humor angle: NASAJPL A look back at Uranus: … Continue reading

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A little atmosphere

While spring and summer are great times to photograph big fun storm clouds, winter has a more subtle side.  Ice and high thin clouds combine to great effect in the sky.  Here the nearly full moon shines through a thin … Continue reading

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Mars

Ever since we worked on a planetarium show about Mars, I’ve been fascinated by how Mars is and is not an alien world.  Everywhere I look on the planet Earth, I see places that remind me of Mars. You might … Continue reading

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We are not alone

Usually when this phrase is used, “we” means humans and “alone” refers to all by ourselves in the universe.  Although given the trouble that we’ve had hearing an actual alien signal, one does begin to wonder. But, in this case, … Continue reading

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Two small inches of snow

Amazing how long you can close school here in Nashville on almost no snow. But, that allows for catching up on other items of news. In the really really cool category, news that thunderstorms – on Earth – produce antimatter! … Continue reading

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Back to Winter

So we waited, and the weather changed!  So long 70s, hello 20s.  Just enough snow to close school.  So my son got his wish to be able to watch the BCS Championship, and some quality time with his oldest brother … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

In Tennessee, the saying is that if you don’t like the weather, just wait and it will change.  The Christmas snow is gone now with the near 70 degree last day of 2010…quite a contrast to the not even above … Continue reading

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