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
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronomer, the way Henry Hill wanted to be gangster. I grew up on Carl Sagan, and my Mom took me through a university’s introductory course in astronomy was I was 11. I still have the textbook around here: Jay M Pasachoff’s Contemporary Astronomy, 2nd edition. Much… Continue reading An Insomniac’s Pleasures
After a 1700 word (!) post yesterday, I thought I’d let someone else do todays talking, so I’ll turns things over to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and mighty famous scientist, who spends 41 minutes demolishing Intelligent Design. (Thanks to Vandre Bruanzo, who rescued this from Google Video.)
I noticed on the site stats that there’s been a jump in people finding us through the Google search terms “animal sex”. Undoubtedly this has to do with “Can Anyone Write Rampant Animal Sex Prose” post a few weeks back. I mean, I’d been told that post that included “sex” was good SEO, and I… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?