Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Monday, December 8, 2008
John Moore currently works as a freelance science and astronomy writer. He maintains a website about the Moon – unpaid and all done on a shoestring.
Monday, November 10, 2008
While it was Edwin Hubble who received all the publicity, Vesto Slipher actually made the discovery that galaxies are moving away from us. He also determined that the Andromeda Galaxy is moving towards the Milky Way!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We looked at Jupiter through several different scopes and Bill showed us the 'Ring Nebula'. Will had fun showing off his 4.5" Celestron while I fiddled with both the 12" reflector (Roll-Off) and the 6" refractor (upstairs dome). Io went behind Jupiter at 7:19 pm. We had been watching it get closer and closer, wondering if it would cross in front or behind the giant planet. Ganymede, Europa and Calisto were also visible.
Fred gave them a Planetarium show and while the Prof was trying to take pictures I was nominated to lead the Library tour. Dave is the current club librarian and he said that it contains over 1,000 astronomy-related books, magazines, videos and DVD's. Quite a collection!!
The crowd departed with their notebooks - apparently a 4-page paper on Astronomy is due next week. They had fun and asked a lot of questions - which I was glad to answer. Good luck to all!
I then spent some quiet time with the Moon. The fast-moving clouds made for some interesting lighting on - and around - the Moon.
Thought for today:
“The moon, like a flower- William Blake (English Poet, Painter and Engraver. 1757-1827)
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.”
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Giovanni Domenico Cassini died on this day in 1712 in
Cassini was an astronomer at the Panzano Observatory, from 1648 to 1669. He was a professor of astronomy at the
Along with Robert Hooke, Cassini is given credit for the discovery of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (ca. 1665). Cassini was the first to observe four of Saturn's moons, which he called Sidera Lodoicea; he also discovered the Cassini Division (1675). Around 1690, Cassini was the first to observe differential rotation within Jupiter's atmosphere.
In 1672 he sent his colleague Jean Richer to
Named after Cassini
- Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn
- The Cassini Division in Saturn's rings
- Cassini Regio, dark area on Iapetus
- Cassini crater on Mars
- Cassini crater on the Moon
- Cassini's Laws
- 24101 Cassini, an asteroid
- Cassini's identity for Fibonacci numbers
- Cassini oval
- Cassini Web Server
For more information visit the Astronomy Compendium.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Atman, the Creator, made Fire, Wind, Sun, Moon, and other divinities.
They said to him: ‘Find out for us an abode wherein we may be established and may eat food.’ He led up a bull to them. They said: ‘Verily, this is not sufficient for us.’ He led up a horse to them. They said: ‘Verily, this is not sufficient for us.’ He led up a person to them. They said: ‘Oh! well done!’—Verily, a person is a thing well done.— He said to them: ‘Enter into your respective abodes.’
Fire became speech, and entered the mouth.
By Jules Cashford, p. 118
Hindu myth circa eighth to sixth century BCE.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
and Pig-Holler Hoe-Down!
This is a couple that likes both kinds of music - Country and Western.
And the show begins!!
And it's at this point that things begin to go sadly awry...
The performances just weren't up to last years' standards.
The crowd turns hostile...
People begin leave...
And let's not even mention the pig holler...
Yet, despite all this, the day was not a complete loss.
The food, the games and the friendship was top notch!!
If you want to see more highlights -
and instructions on how to wear a hat properly -
Step on over to Lunar Mark's Picasa Web Albums.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
must be seated under the dome to see the planetarium show.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
What a beautiful image! It combines my two favorite hobbies: astronomy and birding. Click the image to see a larger version.
This was the August 28th post from LPOD - Lunar Photo of the Day.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Music Mike and I went to the LVAAS site at South Mtn at 4am today to do some observing. By coincidence - the Moon had just risen...
While I was still talking about craters Mike found the Orion Nebula. It was great. Picasa has more photos from our little adventure - including some cool colors from the star 'Rigel' in Orion.
And if you want to know more about lunar craters - just ask! Sometimes I'm willing to talk about it...
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Our next obvious choice involved food. After a brief discussion (it really was fairly brief) we decided on Johnny Manana's in Center City. So off we went for Mexican food.
We all enjoyed the meal and then hung out in the plaza for a while.
Even though we were all up for eating peanuts and watching baseball it was a nice evening with family and friends. We saw a Peregrine Falcon and some bats. When it started to get dark we headed home.
View all of today's photos on Picasa.