Observing with Street Lights

Observing with Street Lights
Dark sky sites not always necessary to see the Milky Way (This image was taken ouside of a B&B in Julian, CA)

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Rocket plume for SpaceX Starlinks Launch from Vandenberg AFB as observed from the Observatory

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, this week the clouds sort of disappeared and we had a chance to look for rocket plume in the sky.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Memorial Day; Some images on April 8 Solar Eclipse and impact on solar power generation; Imagining Astrophysics meetings with ChatGPT; Oh well, let's drink to that!

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

It's been a while since our last post so let's catch up with a cartoon on Memorial Day, some Apil 8 solar eclipse photos and ChatGPT imaginings of astrophysicist wannabes meetings.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Back from the Southern Hemisphere with only clouds in the night sky; Upgrading the microscope in the search for living Water Bears

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, we are back from our cruise adventure to the Southern Hemisphere with ports of call in New Zealand and Australia with an add on adventure into the outback of Australia.  We were also lucky in travelling with old friends, OC Astronomers and Radio Hams, Marty and Bonnie.

Anyway, we are late in wishing everyone a happy new year.  So, Happy New Year everyone!  There was a lot of celebration aboard the ship, but we were tired out and missed actual new year's by about 3 hours.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Resident Astronomer tries his hand at using a microscope in lieu of a telescope to search for actual living Tardigrades


Greetings Physicist Wannabes from Palmia Observatory,

Last week at our Astrophysics SIG we watched a video from the series, “Life in our Universe” and we talked about how some microorganisms can survive in more extreme conditions than normally found on Earth.