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)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The APS meeting in Salt Lake City, meeting up with relatives in my college town, and thanks to Dr Karole who found a reference to a vocoder that makes Stephen Hawking sing and SAS meeting announcement

Greetings from Palmia Observatory
Well, I've been offsite this week at the American Physical Society April Meeting in Salt Lake City.  I missed the other observatory staff including Resident Astronomer, Peggy and Astronomer  Assistants Danny, Ruby and Willow.  They missed me too, I guess, and Willow did not have much of an appetite until I returned.  Anyway I was able to meet up some of the

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

After vacationing in Key West, met Dr Janna Levin at Science Salon, Coursera Big History Course, Physics Today article showing solar element abundances, and just for phone another Symphony of Science video with Stephan Hawking singing

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, this week has been busy getting back on my diet following the calorie and alcohol binge from vacation in party capital Key West, FL. It was a bit raining and cloudy there just like it has been here this week, although the skies here are starting to get very clear.  Nonetheless, I spent most of this week inside.

Resident Astronomer Peggy and I signed up for the Science Salon in Altadena.  These salons are a lot of fun and end with book signings and wine and hors d'oeuvres.  Wow, I never thought I would be attending salons, but they are a lot fun.  The salon was held in Harmonica Playing and Steam Punk aficionado, David's fabulous home, with great views overlooking the city below.  Thanks David.  We met up there with Math Whiz, Dave and we all heard astrophysics professor Janna Levin talk about her new book, "Black hole blues and other songs from outer space".  I had previously read her earlier book, "How the universe got its spots" and can

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vacationing in Florida and touring Thomas Edison's summer house and sadly Dr Gary can't make APS meeting in SLC

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we are out of the observatory having a fun time in sunny Florida so we haven't set up the scope or tripod at all.  We've been enjoying the hospitality of Packed up and Moved to Florida, Bill and Bene.  We've been enjoying the warm weather and sun and have one photo we wanted to share and that is of the approach of sunset from our harbor cruise.  We weren't quite able to see the actual