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, November 20, 2019

Professor Aomawa Shields on Recipe for a Habitable Planet; Getting a bucket of air; Poor observing conditions for transit of Starlink satellites string of lights

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well again this week we are waiting for the next potential transit of the 60 Starlinks satellites, hopefully still all in a line, to make a transit over Orange County and the weather forecast is looking very poor for that event, so let's review some of the ongoing weather and climate predictions for exoplanets.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hooray, followup on what the next transit of the Starlink satellite might be and some photographs! More Starlink technical details

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well after our chance encounter with the SpaceX Starlink satellites yesterday, Monday, November 11, as described in the blog post of November 12, we were hooked and wanted to try to find the next visible transit.  This post shows some successful images of the next transit and some other technical details about the future Starlink constellation of satellites.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

What is that long string of lights in the Orange County skies? Hmm, it looks like it was a successful SpaceX launch of 60 Starlinks Satellites!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well after a successful view of the Transit of Mercury, as described in the November 11, 2019 blog post, it seemed like it was just going to be a relaxing walk with Astronomer Assistants Danny and Ruby, but no, the early nighttime view had a strange long string of lights in the Orange County city lights polluted view.  What were they?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Upcoming meetings in Hawaii and New Mexico; Setting up your own remote observatory; At the edge of time with Dan Hooper; Hooray, transit of Mercury, without clouds!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, this week we are waiting for the November 11 transit of Mercury but we can report on two upcoming astronomy meetings that might be of interest and also comment of OCA presentation of setting up your own remote observatory and a new easy to read book on cosmology.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

LIGO back online! Mendeleev's 150th and the Elementouch; There was no Big Bang? California Power and "emergency coffee"

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this time of the week we can report on LIGO coming back online, 150th celebration of Mendeleev, relationship between the big bang scenario and inflation and finally review what California used for lighting before candles?