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, March 18, 2019

Final days in Fairbanks; Trans Alaska Pipeline; Dogs and Dog sled races and ride; Ice Sculptures, Museums and Martinis


Greetings from Palmia Observatory


Well we are coming down to our final days in Fairbanks and the search for the northern lights is just that, more searching, with little success due to the clouds.  But we have had a lot of fun seeing

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Going north to Fairbanks, Alaska; Aurora forecast looks good; Martinis look good; Darn Clouds; Physics with your cat!


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Well it is finally time to fly up north to Alaska and continue searching for the northern lights.  From OC to Seattle the snow covered mountain ranges provided a beautiful view from the airplane window.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Emergent Multiverse; Get your Lagrangians down pat; Keeping up with daylight saving time; Jocelyn Bell Burnell on Discovery of Pulsars

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Well we are busy packing our bags for our upcoming Alaska adventure, but we have some further comments on a foundation of quantum physics book and a neat article on white dwarf cooking and crystallization and on the 2019 UCI Reines Lecture.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Apollo 11 Documentary; Some comments from the Philosophy of Dark Energy Workshop; Chameleon and Fifth Forces? Cloudy forecast for our search for northern lights in Fairbanks Alaska

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Well we are starting to pack our bags for our journey to search for the northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska, but the weather forecast is looking a bit troublesome.  But in the meantime, we can make a documentary movie recommendation and make some comments from our attendance at the Philosophy of Dark Energy Workshop.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Philosophy of Dark Energy; Going to Fairbanks, cloudy or not; Making measuremens of The Epoch of Reionization; Breakfast with Differential Geometry, Singularities, Soap Bubbles and Black Holes

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Well this week we attended two interesting lectures, which sparked some more investigative work, but before getting into that we should check the calendar for upcoming events.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Snowman in Norway and frost in Orange County; Books on Northern Lights and Gamma Ray Bursts; Measuring the neutron star radius with NICER

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Well we are back in Orange County and find that the cold weather, minus the snow has arrived here too and been here too.  So we will have some final comments about the cruise searching for the northern lights and then, because it is so cold outside, just report on some of the latest books and journal articles.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Some Viking Sky passengers (not us) saw the northern lights; Coursera offers "The Changing Arctic"; South Pole has lights too!; Submarine in Bergen; Enjoying the sights and sounds on the Viking Sky

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Well our search for the northern lights along the coast of Norway has come to an end and while we were disappointed about not seeing the lights, some lucky fellow passengers did see the lights!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Nightscape photography with clouds in Borrego Springs; Going south to Bergen; Two Photon Absorption; Is that a submarine?

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Well our search for the northern lights continues southward along the Norwegian coast and the clouds have not been our friends.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Clouded out at our best available remote dark sky site near Alta; Viking Sky moves to its next port, Narvik; Visit with the Sami shaman

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So, we are here in Alta and we  faced with bad weather conditions for nighttime observing and the experts select the best available site at Suolovopmi Fjellstue, which is at higher elevation and might escape some of the bad weather.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Arriving at our cruise’s most northerly point in Alta, Norway; Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel; Mostly clear weather forecast, now will the northern lights show up?

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Well, we finished up our visit to Tromsø and it was time to pack up and head just a little bit further north to Alta.  Here you see our bus pulling up to the ship as we get ready to leave.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Having fun in Tromsø, Norway; Hooray, we saw our first stars (barely), but no lights; Next day forecast for more clouds and snow

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Well, we are in Tromsø, waiting for the nighttime so we can continue on our search for the northern lights, but first we have to wait for the sun to go down, which gives us time to explore and enjoy the Norwegian countryside.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Hooray, crossed the Arctic Circle; Saw, the moon through the clouds in Bodo, but no lights yet; Is Dark Energy increasing?

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Well it has started to snow and our cruise ship is approaching the Arctic Circle.  Our next port of call is at Bodo, Norway, which is  above the Arctic Circle.  But check out these two images of snow on the stairs, going up to the “sun” deck and the snow around the observing telescope.  This is the first time we have been on a cruise where it snowed on us.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Off the coast of Norway, searching for the northern lights; Scenic beauty, but cloudy forecast; Biding time till we cross the Arctic Circle

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Well , here we are off the coast of Norway, searching for the northern lights.  The skies are cloudy, but it’s fun being at sea.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Never to be seen stars; Angular momentum and selection rules; Bell entanglement test with quasars; Using lasers to shrink accelerators; Is quantum mechanics real?

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Well we had hoped to get in some dark sky observing this week, but the stormy weather put an end to that, but we have some review comments on three physics lectures that we attended.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The full moon and C5 spotting scope on tripod; Polar Vortex, notwithstanding, and the search for northern lights and shrinking Arctic Circle; Excellent Dark Matter/Energy Video

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Well the super moon and lunar eclipse have come and gone, but let's break out the old C5 spotting scope and see if we can get a little more resolution than possible with the 300mm DSLR telephoto.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

More details about observations made with SDSS plate #2727; Looking into astrophysics of eclipses; The blood moon of January 20 and cloudy skies

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Well last week I did a show and tell of my very own SDSS Plate #2727 at the monthly OCA Astrophysics SIG and wanted to report back about some of the details of observations made using that plate.  The history of my acquisition of this plate is covered in the January 16, 2019 blog post.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

New books on Gravitational Lensing and Supernova Explosions; At 233rd AAS meeting J Silk and Alex Szalay talk about the future of cosmology and archived survey data

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Well in the last post we had some discussion of gravitational lensing and supernova explosions so before going into some new presentations made at the 233rd AAS meeting, we offer some good reference texts and comments.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Weather in Seattle; More from 233rd AAS Meeting; Why X-rays; Chandra X-ray observatory celebrates 20 years of successful operation

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Well, here we are with another day done at the 233rd AAS meeting in Seattle.  There were a lot of good sessions today and several great plenary presentations.  I'm going to pick on one of the plenary sessions today dealing with X-ray astronomy.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

233rd AAS Meeting in Seattle; Wind Direction on rotating Earth; Naming of Oumuaamua and comparison with New Horizon's MU69; Black Hole formation rate; Obscured galaxy spectral measurement; Time out for a martini

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Well this week we are in Seattle for the 233rd American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting.  It is about 10 degrees colder than southern California and it has a light rain periodically.  Luckily, it is just a 2 minute walk, only about 1/2 minute, outside in the weather from the hotel to the conference center.