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, January 20, 2021

Weather interlude; More on RNA viruses and variants and genetic sequencing; Nucleoside Nomenclature; What is this common household item?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the weather has turned very windy and cloudy and might get in the way of observing the conjunction of Mar/Uranus/Moon on Ja 20, so let's take a break and look at some news in virology.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mercury low on the horizon and Mars & Uranus high up; Sample Return News; AAS237 Meeting; White Dwarfs and Gravity Waves; AGN; Gravity Energy Storage System; Shaken not Stirred!

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has had clear nights so we can show some DSLR shots of Mercury and Mars and Uranus, then comment on some space news and some more brief comments on AAS 237.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Orloj - The Prague Astronomical Clock; iPad Astrolabe; Hooray, first day of the online AAS 237th meeting; Pulsar Timing Arrays; Mars-Uranus nearing conjunction

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Earlier in the week we saw some TV show on astronomy and they showed the Orloj Astronomical Clock in Prague. Wo while we wait for the AAS 237th meeting to start, lets detour to that clock.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Get ready for AAS 237; Coming up on the Mars and Uranus Conjunction; How to sequence DNA; Astronomer Assistant Willow

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has kept busy indoors studying about how DNA genome sequencing works and practicing outdoors trying to photograph Uranus with a DSLR telephoto lens.  But first we should check the calendar for upcoming AAS meetings.