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)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Astronomer looks up at contrails; Wonderful variable star Mira!; Lazy astronomers' astrometry with tripod; Measuring the current visual magnitude for Mira;

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Many astronomer hate when the clouds come in and interfere with our observations, but just looking up at the sky during the daytime can yield some interesting observations.  We will talk about that in a minute and then we will discuss the wonderful star Mira and this lazy astronomers new approach to making quick observations of impossible to see in city lights and hard to find objects.

Friday, December 8, 2017

201st Palmia Observatory blog post; Hooray, I guess? More indoors radio astronomy discussion during this Santa Ana fire season

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, how can it be that this is the 201st post on the Palmia Observatory blog site.  It has been over 3 years now since I began this journey as a physicist wannabe and an astronomer wannabe and the journey still continues.  Hey, maybe if I had just gone back to formal school, I would be done by now!  But as all the rest of you amateurs and wannabes know, there is usually not enough time in the day to get everything done and so the journey continues.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Super moon time again!; Finally got another useful Photoshop lesson, Hooray!; Measuring the night sky brightness (m = 14.3) right here in city lights

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well this has been a cloudy week, but a few stars and the super moon were able to peek through.  Check out the images of the super moon below and the availability of a few stars and clear regions of space allowed for an attempt at measuring the sky brightness in these city lights polluted skies.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ring around the moon; Enjoying the Great Courses Videos on Radio Astronomy; Planning for tour at Green Bank Observatory with SARA; Another free astronomy course from Duke U; Photos of local historic rock paintings

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well I started off this week with the goal of making another sky brightness measurement, but the weather has just not been cooperating.  We can see a few stars but way to many clouds.  We have also been looking into booking a visit to Joshua Tree and Pioneertown to get some dark sky observing, but again the weather has not been great for that either.  But just by chance, the cold weather created one opportunity to see the ring around the moon that occurs when light refracts off the ice crystals high up in the atmosphere.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quantum gravity lecture; Lessons learned trying out the piggyback camera; Exoplanet transit light curve spectra analysis; Thermal and non-thermal radio emission sources; Happy Birthday Kendra (and me)

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This week's CSULB physics colloquium was a presentation on supergravity by Professor Zvi Bern, UCLA.  Now I had tried to read some of his papers on the archive and found the topic so far beyond my current understanding that I was thinking of not attending the colloquium, but Math Whiz Dave convinced me that Bern would tailor his presentation for his audience of physics students.  So, I gave in and attended the colloquium and it turned out to be much more informative than I had imagined.