Want to do a project? Has an idea ever grabbed you and held on until you did something about it? For me it was checking the validity of a piece of “ancient wisdom;” the analemma. Maybe it was an online video, but something a while back focused my attention on the analemma. That’s the name … More Chapter 1: The #ShadowAnalemma project gets stared
How much do you know about astronomy? Today we have challenging questions about the Sea of Tranquility based on the writing of John Jardin Goss. “Return to the Sea of Tranquility” is a new chapter in the Observer’s Handbook 2019 full of advice for your telescopic view, I created three questions that could be answered … More How to Observe Tranquility Base
(Wish you were here.) Today we have five questions, so we will take five minutes to complete the quiz today. With that in mind, ladies and gentlemen, please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Astronomy Pop Quiz. DMG procedures and expectations apply; 1) if you … More What’s Up in Space?
Leaderboard posted on May 28, 2018 5/21 Winners Current Events: Number of correct answers @erg010 two @mettleballs1 two @tiki one @DadoWorld7 one @Saloonatic one Winners who make a contribution in the next 30 days to one of the charities listed on my blog will have their gift matched, up to $100. You can find … More @erg010 and @mettelballs1 Dominate the Current Events Quiz
Featuring: The Moon…Tycho Crater I will arrive sometime before 8:30. Venus sets around 11 pm -3.42 mag, 82% illuminated, 1.3 AU away Mariner in 1962, Venus Express in 2005 orbiter studying the atmosphere, plasma environment, and surface of Venus Delta (Δ Gem) Wasat: colorful double yellow and Red 6” separation 5 mag and 8.5, … More Observatory Plans for Friday, May 25, 208
On many recent Monday mornings, I’ve held a trivia contest on my live broadcast on Periscope. Here are the trivia questions, the correct answers, and the winners of the contest April 2, 2018. “History of Astronomy” almost covers all the trivia questions for today. The nebular theory of the origin of the solar system … More History of Astronomy Trivia Contest
I couldn’t convince my fellow Space Campers to join me to see the total lunar eclipse in 2007. After a day of intense training at the Huntsville center, I got my butt out of bed around 3:00 to observe the Moon move thru the umbra of the Earth’s shadow. My second day at Space Camp … More 2007 Lunar Eclipse at Space Camp
By 1984, Barbara and I were getting back into astronomy. She bought a small Celestron spotting scope and we began to get proficient at its operation. My interest in astrophotography was going to explode in a few years with the appearance of Comet Halley and an 8-inch Celestron, but at the time, observing was what … More Learning from the 1984 Annular Eclipse
For this experiment you’ll need to take two measurements at least 250 km (a little more than 150 miles) due north or south of each other. You will make a couple of observations, take some measurements, use some math, and discover if the surface of the Earth is curved, and, if so, by how much. … More Is the Earth Flat?