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, September 26, 2018

Energy Storage Workshop at Solar Power International; The Duck Curve; Can lightning create gamma-rays and antimatter?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are packing our bags for our three observatory tours but there was still time to take in one day of energy storage workshops at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference (Sep 24-27) in Anaheim, CA.  So, I can make some comments about the workshop and make some separate comments about some of the new findings coming in about how lightning can generate gamma-rays and antimatter.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

On gravity and cows? Spock's home planet discovered? Interstellar clouds visible in the infrared

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are busy packing our bags for our three Arizona observatories tour and observing opportunities and getting ready for a day or two at the Solar Power International conference and energy storage workshops in Anaheim, CA, but wanted to make some additional comments about our return trip from southern Utah and report on some other old friends, Spock's home planet, a piece of a meteorite and some images of how interstellar clouds can show up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mars landing site down selection; The Prince of Egypt at Tuacahn; 50th high school graduation reunion; Hooray, saw the Milky Way in the dark skies of southern Utah

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well it seems that no sooner had we unpacked our bags from our middle east cruise we had to repack to begin our journey to the dark skies of southern Utah for my 50th reunion of our high school graduation.  Also we can report on some success at getting some real Milky Way images and sights.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Some middle east loot? Weighing the Milky Way; What is happening with the Mars Sample Return mission?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are still a bit jet lagged after returning from our cruise, but we still need to update our calendar and start planning for the next round of astronomy and physics meetings and events.  For instance, we see the upcoming AAS and APS meetings and the NASA Astrobiology Workshop in Irvine.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

3-axis camera stabilizer? Mumbai at a glance; Astronomers capture the Milky Way and make it around the globe in 21 days

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we are finally back on solid earth and this is the final post covering our exciting cruise from Athens to Mumbai, and our attempt at capturing an image of the Milky Way in the very dark skies aboard a cruise ship on the Red Sea.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Arriving in Muscat, Oman; Rougher seas and wobbly walkers and spindly legged camera tripod; Million dollar hat combo

Greetings from Palmia Observatory (somewhere in the Arabian Sea on our way to Mumbai),

Well, we had an exciting day in Muscat, which sadly was our last day in Oman.  The ship tracker screenshot shows our current progress toward Mumbai, which will take one more day at sea.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Finding Frankincense in Salalah; Rolling seas now might make long exposure imaging difficult; Studying Noether symmetry and conservation laws and martinis

Greetings from Palmia Observatory (offsite in remote location approaching Muscat, Oman),

Well we have left Salalah and are slowly making our way to Muscat.  We have left the protected gulf area and are now experiencing rougher seas and we need to struggle a bit and hold on the hand rails sometimes when walking about ship so, maybe not much more long exposure astrophotography opportunities in this condition.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hooray, got long exposure image of the Milky Way from our cruise ship; Comparing cruise ship brightness to the moon; Pirates and martinis

Greetings from Palmia Observatory (remote at some location in the Gulf of Aden),

Well, we had some good success last night in getting some long exposure images of the MilkyWay while on our moving cruise ship.  Before we get into that success, let’s review where we are at.