I’m still processing last week’s shots. Here’s what I have so far.
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
One of the things I love most about science is the way that new information makes pig’s breakfasts of old ideas. Example: new information about the volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io. Apparently, given the way heat is distributed on the planet, they’re not where our models say they ought to be. http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1 Neat.