Looking up

There are so many transient phenomena in the sky, that one should always, always look up.  Even during the daytime.  You just never know.  I was driving today and noticed an arc of color in the sky.  So I ducked … Continue reading

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Old School

Patience.  Remember when you had to wait for pictures to be developed to see what you had taken? 35mm SLR cameras do not have the same size “negative,” if you will, as a DSLR chip.  The difference means that the … Continue reading

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Congratulations

To the Caltech Blacker Hovse alum who managed to put a “sign”……onMars. Well played!  

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Faith and science

Finally getting the time to read Andrea Wulf’s book Chasing Venus, a very detailed but fun account of the expeditions to observe the 1761 and 1769 Transits of Venus.  She does a nice job of distilling a lot of primary … Continue reading

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More playing outdoors

Cold front!  Early, but we’ll take it.  Tried out the DSLR on the TeleVue refractor for the first time.  Had to play a bit to get the adapter in a place where we could bring it to focus, but not … Continue reading

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Lights in the sky

The clouds finally parted and we had a “clear” (extraordinarily humid) evening.  BUT, at least it was clear enough for a nice bright Iridium flare in the middle of the Little Dipper.

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Hurricanes

Well, of course we don’t see the actual windstorm here….just rain.  And more rain.  We feel personally picked on today because the cloud has been over us for most of the day while the rest of the area has been … Continue reading

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