I’m still processing last week’s shots. Here’s what I have so far.
My God, it’s full of stars. These are the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (top) and the Double Cluster in Perseus (bottom). A little window into the neighboring arms of our galaxy.
I’m still working on the narrowband images for the nebulae I imaged last week. (Higher learning curve with a color camera than I expected. I may need more GIMP plug-ins.) So here’s Jupiter from 7/11. Io is to its right and close, with its shadow falling across the northern equatorial belt of the giant planet,… Continue reading Astronomy Picture of the Week
Neil and I set up my telescope in his backyard to catch the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus last night. I must say that taking pictures through a telescope with an iPhone, manually, is a pain in the ass. Here’s the best shot we got. Jupiter’s on top. We got some nice long looks at… Continue reading Close Encounter
From CBC: Scientists at UBC have discovered — by accident — a rorqual whale can take a gulp of water that’s bigger than its massive body, then bounce back to its normal shape. The whale has nerves to its mouth and tongue that can stretch to double their normal length, then snap back without damage, said Wayne… Continue reading Stretchy Nerves Help Explain A Baleen Whale’s Prodigious Gulp
Just the other day, I blogged that one of the reasons we should treat a conspiracy theory as suspect is the assertion that the perpetrators have superpowers. Witness the latest conspiracy theory, based on the Atlanta snowstorm, (Phil Plait reporting) Here at BA Central I see a lot of truly ridiculous conspiracy theories. Over the… Continue reading The Supersnow Conspiracy