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, July 17, 2019

Some more Chile comments and photos; Sitting in on the Astrobiology for Astronomers Workshop at Caltech and where's Sheldon; Handling a 4 billion year old rock; Time for a martini and livestreaming!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are back from our fantastic visit to Chile and the 2019 total solar eclipse.  This post has a few additional comments on that trip and mainly provide a calendar update for upcoming conferences and some summary comments on the Astrobiology for Astronomers Workshop conducted at Caltech.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Post eclipse adventure on Rapa Nui; Finally captured a photo of SMC and LMC

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,


Well, here we are on our final leg of our Chilean adventure, during which we first saw the 2019 total solar eclipse and the toured the Atacama desert and now on the last portion of the trip,with a short visit on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and finally some success with imaging the dwarf galaxies, SMC and LMC.

Fuming volcano and Tatio hot springs and geysers in the Atacama; Desert Fox; Valley of the Moon and Salt Flats; Flying to Easter Island

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well our adventure in the Atacama continues.  This time up at up to 14,000 feet elevation at the Tatio geysers and hot springs.  Along the way we see the volcano, Putana, maybe not active, but certainly out gassing.  Not much to report on astronomical events, but exploring the desert was a lot of fun.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Are constellations like the Big Dipper in the Southern Hemisphere and do you just fall off the earth? Exploring the Chilean Atacama Desert

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well after viewing the July 2 eclipse we are here in San Pedro de Atacama for our continuing journey through the Atacama Desert.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hooray, great viewing of the 2019 eclipse in Chile; Flew to Atacama Desert and shot the Milky Way

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well, it’s July 2 and we have arrived at our old mine platform in La Higuera, Chile, to view the 2019 total solar eclipse.