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, May 30, 2019

Joel Primack and Galaxies starting as "pickles"; 1962 discovery of x-ray source; J C Maxwell's faithful friend, Toby; Remembering the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the weather is getting a little better for some astronomical observations, but this week we follow up on early galaxy formation as pickles rather than spheroids and then look back into the past discoveries of x-ray objects, look at Maxwell's faithful friend and the 100 year centennial of the measurement of bending of light observed during the total solar eclipse of May 29,  1919.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

SAS Symposium in Ontario; Star Party in Julian; Physics Colloquium on Blazars; Famous southern hemisphere targets visible while waiting for the solar eclipse in Chile

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well the weather and clouds have been great if you are studying meteorology, but for astronomers here in OC, whether day or night, the skies have not been our friends.  So, in the meantime, we can report on some upcoming star parties, symposiums, physics colloquiums, observatories, our upcoming total solar eclipse event in Chile and targets of interest while in the southern hemisphere.

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.