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)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Didn't see any Falcon rocket exhaust; Looking at the moon with Nikon P1000; Hartlefest group; Big Bang and Inflation

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, this week we start off with a rocket launch viewing opportunity and a chance to try out the Nikon P1000 superzoom camera on the Moon and Jupiter.  Also we will review some aspects of how the idea of the big bang and inflation are turned into a scientific hypothesis and how predictions made by that hypothesis can then be verified or rejected based on observations.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Upcoming Exoplanet Workshop and International Mars Conference; Moons of Jupiter; More on Hartle's No-Boundary Proposal

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well Hartlfest is over, and we had a cloud free night to observe the moons of Jupiter, but we should first review the calendar of upcoming events and then do some more review of Hartle's No-Boundary Proposal, which has been a very productive exploration of how to explain the big bang without the usual drawbacks of the singularity predicted by general relativity.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

More eclipse preparation; HartleFest; Jim Hartle's 80th birthday celebration at KITP at UCSB: A Physicist without Boundaries

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, there was just time this week to attend the OCA Astroimagers SIG before packing up the bags and driving to Santa Barbara for HartleFest at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Curved Space and the Big Crunch; Can straws find their way to the ocean; If Betelgeuse blows, will we burn?: Newport Jazz Festival - Can you woo woo woo?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, here we are again waiting for the clouds to go away and now have to contend with "June Gloom", but we can still review some astrophysics of curved space and supernova explosions and enjoy the jazz festival under cloudy skies.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Joel Primack and Galaxies starting as "pickles"; 1962 discovery of x-ray source; J C Maxwell's faithful friend, Toby; Remembering the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the weather is getting a little better for some astronomical observations, but this week we follow up on early galaxy formation as pickles rather than spheroids and then look back into the past discoveries of x-ray objects, look at Maxwell's faithful friend and the 100 year centennial of the measurement of bending of light observed during the total solar eclipse of May 29,  1919.