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, December 30, 2019

Snow in local mountains; Variable Betelgeuse; Moon and Venus Conjunction; Quantum Computing, Decoherence and Entanglement; Sports Bar Redo?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, this is the final post of 2019 and we will finish out with some snow, some Betelgeuse, Venus and Moon conjunction, and some more quantum computing and theory textbooks.  Finally, as we pack our bags for the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Hawaii in January, we had to have a little fun out at our local sports bar!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Video lectures on collider physics; Recommended textbooks on QFT and representations; Rethinking Superdeterminism; Make room for Nietzsche; Insight on Quantum Computing

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, this week has not accomplished any sky observing, but did involve a lot of reading and study of heavy duty physicist wannabe topics.  So be warned and fasten your seat belts!  You all know that as successful as modern physics has been, there are still outstanding areas of physics which are mysterious and a better understanding is called for.  My interest is first of all to understand the currently accepted theories and then lean back and wonder about the foundations of quantum mechanics that might also enable understanding of inflation, dark matter and dark energy.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Finding the planets close together in the night sky; Just past full moon; Mount Laguna Observatory; Astronomer Assistant keeps working while sleeping

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this is a great time for finding most of the planets all arranged pretty close together.  So after trying to look at some of the planets we will delve into OCA featured speaker at Mt. Laguna Observatory used publicly available images to excite student's interest in astronomy and Analemma in particular.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Slept while the Leonids were out, but what are they? X-rays in astronomy and at your dentist, sure, but at Stonehenge too? CRISPR with Jennifer Doudna

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well after getting up early in the morning to catch Mercury, it is time to relax with some reading about the Leonid meteors and some uses of x-rays in archeology and hearing about exiting CRISPR gene editing tools by expert Jennifer Doudna.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Searching for Mercury; How the "lazy astronomer wannabe" does it!; Experienced, clouds, disappointment, but eventually, hooray, success!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we have been looking for Mercury, mostly through the clouds, but can report how we eventually had some partial success, then some failure, and finally a real successful photo of Mercury.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A day in the life of an astrophysicist, Dr. Becky; What? -- Maybe no dark energy?; What? -- Maybe the universe is not flat? Too large of Black Hole Binary? Snow on Saddleback

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well we have had cold and cloudy weather here in Orange County, but there is plenty of astronomical news appearing this week, including new indications that the universe is not flat and maybe there is not dark energy.  So, let's begin with "A day in the Life of an Oxford Astrophysicist; Dr. Becky"