Category Archives: On Science and the Cosmos

The Hunter rises!

My favorite constellation has almost always been Orion the Hunter–and I only hedge on this just a bit, because maybe there was a point when I was in first grade and just starting to learn about constellations that I preferred … Continue reading

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Allow me to present, a Nebula.

Specifically, the Tarantula Nebula. Wow!   Share This Post

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Artemis

Had things gone according to plan, today would have seen the launch of Artemis I, the first rocket in a series of missions intended to return humans to the Moon. Sadly, Artemis did not launch. This is not a bad thing. There … Continue reading

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“Sokath, his eyes uncovered!”

The James Webb Space Telescope has returned its first imagery, and a teaser image was released today: The field of vision here is the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length. That absolutely astonishes me. Also, the visible … Continue reading

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Tab Closing Day

Time to close out some tabs I’ve had open for a while: ::  The Future Republicans Want A look at the unbelievably fascist document that is the official platform of the Texas Republican Party: The fundamentalist religious fervor perhaps extends … Continue reading

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On Dams

While on my lunch break the other day, I watched this short film about dam removal on streams in the Hudson River watershed. Fascinating film, with amazing photography (well-worth watching in full-screen HD). Were there a place I could say … Continue reading

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The Result of a Rabbit Hole

In order, these things happened: SiriusXM played “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot. I looked up the song and read through the lyrics, where I learned that the last transmission from the ship was the Captain reporting, … Continue reading

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WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG!!!

The very first alignment images from the James Webb Space Telescope are coming back: From the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Flickr page: On March 11, the Webb team completed the stage of alignment known as “fine phasing.” At this key … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day!!!

Today is March 14, otherwise known as 3/14, or, Pi Day! Enjoy some circle-related calculations today, or failing that, just enjoy some pie. And there’s no reason you can’t do both!   Share This Post

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An item of local geography

A good marker of being an adult is when you find yourself regretting the lack of attention you paid in one class or another in grade school. In my case, sometimes it’s Earth Science, and I really did pay quite … Continue reading

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