Let’s Talk Astronomy

One of the really great benefits of teaching astronomy is having a group of people who are somewhat interested in the subject, to talk with about current events and astronomy in general.  I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to speak before community groups, and, again, the conversations with members of the audiences are the best part. And … More Let’s Talk Astronomy

Skeptic in 1999

Barbara gives me lots of wonderful books and in 1999 she gave me The Soul of the Night (1996).  I enjoyed it and searched for another by the author, Chet Raymo.  I found Skeptics and True Believers (1998) and consumed it. I found a morsel of beauty in this wonderful work!  In chapter 3, Raymo … More Skeptic in 1999

Christmas Moon and Rudolph’s Nose at Cline Observatory Friday night

The last time we had a full Moon on Christmas, Jimmy Carter was President.  The next time will be in 2030.  But Friday night, we will not be looking at a Full Moon. The duration of the Moon’s “fullness” actually lasts mere seconds.  On Friday, December 25, 2015, our Moon will be full in the … More Christmas Moon and Rudolph’s Nose at Cline Observatory Friday night

The Interstellar Medium

Very exciting news that Voyager has left the solar system.  (Well, not quite,,,it still hasn’t reached the Oort Cloud!) What’s out there?  The ISM is mostly gas (99%) with a little fine dust (1) spread thinly between the stars