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)

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Angular Momenntum Problem and origin of Solar Systems; Time out to party! Resident Astronomer Peggy comes under spell of nighttime visitor

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week is Halloween so you have to be careful if you are out late at night trying to observe some deep space sky.  So, while we spent some time partying, I also read more about solar system formation and the problem of angular momentum, so let's get into that topic first.

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Supersymmetry" by Kane; CSULB and UCI Physics colloquia with Professor Lyra explains planet formation with dead zone and Professor Porter takes on gamma ray background modelling

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has not had any astronomical observing and has been tied up with some physics colloquia on planet formation and gamma ray backgrounds and revisited a book on supersymmetry.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

How are energetic ions trapped in the Earth's magnetosphere? What background stars will be visible during the 2019 total solar eclipse? Astronomer Assistants and new Observatory Assistant

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we are back from the Mars 2020 NASA Workshop and I wanted to report on a neat explanation I found while skimming through the planetary sciences textbook about how ions from the solar wind become trapped in the Earth's magnetic field and build up into these large radiation fields that can be dangerous for spacecraft passing through.

Friday, October 19, 2018

NASA Mars 2020 rover site downselection Workshop; CRISM and ground penetrating radar; Other upcoming astronomy events

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, this week has been tied up with attending the NASA Mars 2020 rover site down selection workshop.  I was able to spend 2.5 days there and can pass on some of the discussion, but first we should cover some of the upcoming astronomy events.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Some more on Falcon 9 launch; OCA lecture on Dark Matter and QFT; Precision Cosmology?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

We had a fantastic experience during the recent Falcon 9 launch and re-landing at VAFB, as described in our recent post of October 8, 2018, and this week we can report on some comments we received and on some other ongoing physics and astronomy meetings and events.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hooray -- Experienced successful SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and touchdown at VAFB; Lessons Learned

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, ever since we tasted the pleasures of a launch experience of the Falcon Heavy in Florida, as described in our posts of February 8, 2018 and a previous attempt at photographing a launch from Vandenberg on February 24, 2018, we decided that it was time to actually travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and witness up close the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 on October 7, 2018.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tour of Arizona Observatories. — Part III. Hurricane Rosa clouds out observing sessions; Toured U of Arizona Mirror Lab

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we were not able to do any observing at Mt. Lemmon or at Kitt Peak because of the advance impacts of Tropical Storm Rosa, so as consolation, I arranged a tour of the Mirror Lab at U of Arizona.  If the Kitt Peak observing session would have gone ahead, we would have to immediately travel up there after leaving the mirror lab tour, but because of the cancellation we could tour the lab a little more leisurely.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tour of Arizona Observatories — Part II. Tombstone, AZ; Veritas at Mt. Hopkins; Titan missile and Pima Aerospace Museum: Hurricane Rosa clouds out observing at Mt Lemmon and Kitt Peak

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we had a very good time in Safford, AZ and on our tour of the three observatories on Mt. Graham, and now it was time to get back on the road and drive down to Tucson area for tours and observing nights on Mt. Lemmon and Kitt Peak.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Tour of Arizona Observatories. — Part 1.. Mt. Graham: Vatican Telescope, Sub millimeter Radio Telescope, and Large Binocular Telescope; Hooray, its the Milky Way

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, we finally started our tour of three Arizona observatories and in this part 1 can report on our journey from southern California through Phoenix to our first astronomy stop in Safford, AZ and Mt. Graham.