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)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MultiWorlds and Conservation of Energy; Minerva - Australis and TESS Followup with high resolution radial velocity measurements; Magnetic protection of astronaughts travelling to Mars?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week again we had no outside astronomical observing, except to see and enjoy the bight full moon on Friday 13th.  Did you get scared?  Ok, ok lets instead review some astronomical spectroscopy details for radial velocity measurements and some other comments.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Upcoming JWST and Apache Point Observatory Tours; Help, I'm falling into the Everettian Many-Worlds of Quantum Mechanics; On using nuclear isomers, like Hafnium 178, for energy storage or bombs?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we didn't get any astronomical observing done, but can talk about Sean Carroll's exciting newly released book and also explore a little bit about nuclear isomers as an exciting energy storage technology.  But first,

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ruby sees a ghost; Searching for dark skies, mines, glaciers, deer, bristlecones, Area 51, ghost towns, martinis and hams in rural Nevada

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we packed our bags for a road trip in search of dark skies and the Milky Way.  But just as we were getting ready to go on the road, Astronomer Assistant Ruby discovered a ghost hidden in the road.  Hmm, I hope this is not an omen about our upcoming trip through the Nevada back country!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Angular Momentum and Dark Matter in stars and black holes; Using Python for dark matter satellites or baseballs orbits

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we return to angular momentum and the interaction of dark matter and even consider throwing a satellite or baseball made out of dark matter and watching how it flies.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Have optical and radio counterparts to first observed merger of a Neutron Star and Black Hole by LIGO (S190814bv) finally been detected?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well ever since the first reported merger of a neutron star and a black hole, LIGO gravitational wave event (S190814bv), was reported on August 14, 2019, we have been waiting for confirmation by all the other observatories that slewed to possible locations of the event.  Well,