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)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

COSPAR Day 6: Water Worlds and search for life; Resident Astronomer takes IR selfie; Planck CMB team and analysis; Inflation?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well here we are at day 6 of COSPAR and this morning's plenary session was on ocean worlds of the outer solar system and later session on other space research topics kept us busy all day long.  I am pretty tired, so I hope these comments make sense, but nonetheless still plan to hold in there until the last day and write one more COSPAR summary tomorrow.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COSPAR 2018: Day 2 and 3; US/Russia radiation belts and history; Gaia and Astrometry; ALMA and protoplanetary disks; Beneath the clouds with Juno; Mars obliquity

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


We have just finished up with our first two full days of technical sessions and presentations at COSPAR 2018 in Pasadena, CA.  This blog post makes some comments and brief summaries of a few of the many technical issues and latest results.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Resident Astronomer finds life with first light on new camera?; Multi-messenger astronomy with neutrinos and gamma rays; Physicst wannabes at COSPAR 2018 in Pasadena

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well this week will be occupied with COSPAR 2018 in Pasadena, but in the meantime we can report on the first light through the telescope to the new camera and also report on the latest news on the multi-messenger astronomy front.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New cosmic ray course; Don Brun's measurement of light bending during the eclipse; Should the expansion of the universe make galaxies larger?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we are back in the observatory after having a fantastic opportunity to do some imaging and viewing though the 60 inch Hale Telescope located at Mt. Wilson Observatory as described in our recent July 10 post.  First of all, given that this is Friday the 13th, we should ask if there are any superstitious astronomers or astrophysicist wannabe out there?  Nah; I didn't think so!