Category Archives: On Science and the Cosmos

Aurora

If you were anywhere north of, say, whatever latitude it is that the Pennsylvania’s northern border sits on, you were under instructions to get outside and look at the northern sky because the sun was blasting out magnetic particles that … Continue reading

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Farewell, Hunter

This is likely my final photo of Orion the Hunter for this season; the time for the winter stars is passing quickly now. Farewell, Hunter, and good hunting in other skies until we meet again!  

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Composer Eric Whitacre, whom I have featured several times in this space before, is an always fascinating voice to return to. I had, in fact, forgotten about him until the week before the eclipse, when I looked up classical music … Continue reading

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Sun and Moon (and clouds)

In Buffalo, the eclipse was simultaneously an astonishingly powerful and deeply disappointing experience. Clouds were in the forecast all along, but for the last several days, local meteorologists were constantly offering up reasons for optimism…which turned to “Sorry, we’re not … Continue reading

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Astro

Photography, that is. Last week I was blessed with (a) a clear night, and (b) very little moonlight. This led to a brief astrophotography session outside, where I set up my tripod right in my driveway, set my camera’s focus … Continue reading

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Pi Day 2024!!!

Another year, another Pi Day that I didn’t observe with anything new…sigh…but here’s a repost of an earlier celebration! It’s Pi Day, everyone! It is also Albert Einstein’s birthday and, sadly, this year’s edition marks the passing of Stephen Hawking, … Continue reading

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From the Books, for International Women’s Day

This is a repost from a couple of years ago. I chose to repost this, about a book by astronomer Sara Seager, because it has lodged in my brain since I read it. I generally try to avoid reading grief … Continue reading

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Well, THIS woulda been useful back then….

Years ago I somehow wound up engaging a Lunar Landing Denialist–you know, one of those strange folks who insisted that there was no way anyone actually went to the moon, the whole thing was faked, it was a soundstage, yada yada … Continue reading

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The frontier….

The teeming stars of the globular cluster NGC 6544 glisten in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This cluster of tightly bound stars lies more than 8,000 light-years away from Earth and is, like all globular clusters, a … Continue reading

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Lift off!

A first for space flight: the first launch of a rocket made entirely from 3D-printed parts. More here. Amazing!

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