My dear wife and daughters got me something absolutely wonderful for Christmas: a beginners' astronomical telescope! Alas, since then, the weather has gone out of its way to keep the night sky veiled and thoroughly hidden around these parts. Only last Sunday did I catch a momentary break in the cover, and an opportunity to … Continue reading First little telescope adventure
For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the Universe — both the very, very large, and the very, very small — and found great excitement and pleasure not only in seeing the beauty that exists both without and within, as mesmerizing and terrifying as anyone could imagine, but also in the … Continue reading Perspective
The evening of August 27, 2016, was scheduled to feature the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter shortly after sunset, a marvellous mere ½ degree apart, the same as the apparent diameter of the Moon, which is pretty darn close in a big, big sky. That's a must-see in my book! As a last … Continue reading Missed Conjunction
The list of strange and fascinating things in the sky is longer than any one human being could reasonably hope to explore in a single natural lifetime, and this is equally true regardless of whether we only look exclusively at the ones that are strange, the ones that are fascinating, those that are both, or … Continue reading It is Protected!
Did you get the message too, that on August 27 the planet Mars would pass so close to the Earth that it'd look as big as the full Moon in the sky? If you did, don't believe a word of it, because that will never happen. That message is an echo of a hoax that … Continue reading Mars The Size Of The Moon — Impossible, But What If?