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, May 21, 2019

Studying General Relativity with Jim Hartle's textbook; Selecting a camera for the eclipse; Hoping for the sun to poke through; Practicing with the Canon M1000; LOFAR discovers slow pulsar

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well this was supposed to be a week to get some pictures of the Blue Moon, but the weather was too cloudy, except for one brief solar observation trial, so there was some time to review gravity and general relativity in time for the upcoming Hartle Fest and mention the slowest pulsar yet discovered.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Thesis Defense of Relativistic Deformation of Stars; UCI Physics Colloquium on Net Carbon Zero Energy Systems; Astronomer Assistant Willow and sad Grumpy Cat news

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

In this post we will make some comments on a masters degree thesis defense presentation and a physics colloquium presentation on net zero carbon energy systems while we wait for the storms to move through the southland.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The clouds let the sunspots shine through; Sky_Watcher AZ-GTi mount does have sun tracking mode; Ongoing search for GW Event S190510g optical counterparts

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well it has been quite cloudy this week, but the clouds opened up just enough to try to get some more images of the sun, which now has at least one visible sunspot.  In addition, we continue following the research into the gravitational wave event S190510g, thought to be the merger of two neutron stars.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Clouds open enough to show sun with two sunspots; Is gravitational wave event S190510g a binary neutron star merger or just terrestrial noise?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well this week the clouds opened up enough that we could see if there are a growing number of sunspots or not, and our short wait for the first "chirp" alert from our Gravitational Wave Event app finally ended with our first series of alerts for LIGO/VIRGO S190510g event.  But first of all, Happy Mothers Day to everyone, especially the mothers, for whom we are always grateful!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Trouble seeing alignment stars; Hey, our quiet sun has a sunspot; Get a spare solar filter before the eclipse; UCI breakfast lecture on GRACE measurements of water and ice; Leonard Susskind on Mindscape

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, here we are and the weather is supposed to be pretty clear, so let's take advantage of that and head on up to the OCA star party and try out the lightweight Sky-Watcher mount and Coolpix P1000 camera.