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 8, 2021

Habitable Mars and Venus timeline; Starlinks streaking! Looking for comet Leonard; Optical illusions and focal length effects at Starbase; What is that (Spin Launch)? Does Ruby exist when...? Ellie in Space

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well it has been several week between posts so it is time to review some recent activity and first up is this slide from the recently completed workshop on Venus habitability.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Hooray, the wait is over and we made it on the Zero-G airplane flight for our own weightlessness experience!

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, the wait is finally over.  What started as a desire to experience the weightlessness of being in outer space or in orbit, as seen on a Josh Gates Tonight episode way back in December 2020, finally happened.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century; Life History with circle diagram; Lucy goes into space; Exploring the Trojans at Lagrange L4 and L5; What else might be there?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we just got back from our really fun ZERO-G flight and while we wait to get the photos back from that experience, which we will show in the next post, we can comment about an interesting book and the successful launch of the Lucy spacecraft.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Hooray, Captain Kirk goes into space! Get your own zero g experience; Lightning, Cruise to the Amazon passes Guiana Space Center; What's Lightning? Experimenting with a polarizing filter

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the age of commercial space and commercial space astronauts and tourists is here.  It was really thrilling to see William Shatner, also known as Captain Kirk, now 90 years old, go into space as a guest aboard the Blue Origin Spaceship, NS-18.