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, April 23, 2020

Did you see the Lyrid meteor shower?; SpaceX Starlink Satellite Launch and Starship news; HOLiCOW, what's up with Hubble Constant?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, last night was our chance to get out of our burrows and look for the Lyrid meteor shower.  Hmm, didn't see anything, but can report on SpaceX Starlink launch and HoliCOW, what's up with the Hubble Constant, H0?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

How does the 5 minute COVID-19 test work?; Hooray, APS April 2020 virtual meeting online; Gaia data releases and how the Milky Way came to be!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, here we are again in our burrow with time to follow up on some COVID-19 rapid testing machine technology and comment on the APS April 2020 meeting that is being conducted as a virtual meeting online.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ruby meets masked mutt; Starship progress; Daily Equation with Brian Green; More COVID-19 and SARS CoV-2; Beautiful Sunset; Hooray, APS April Meeting in your PJ's!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are again stuck in our bunkers, but the dogs still want to walk and there is plenty of news about space, science and the virus to keep us occupied.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

SpaceX still making progress in Texas; Why Copper? Finding the right oracle for the future while stuck at home; What about the other possible existential risks?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we can report on some of the ongoing space development progress, probably the only progress in the nation,  and then search for the right oracle to review the other existential risks besides the one that keeps up stuck in our burrows.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

OCA Meeting now virtual; Starship Users Guide; More from EHT; Virus Vaccine Status; Ongoing online courses; Keeping hands off your face!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

Well, here we are trying to adapt to our shelter in place guidelines and still continue on our physicist wannabe journey.  Luckily more and more meetings are being rescheduled for online viewing.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Venus and The Pleiades Conjunction; Starship SN3 Explodes during test; Doing online astronomy classes and finding water on Mars; TP and overweight fix!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well still keeping a low profile in our burrow, but have been following the SpaceX news and looking at the conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades and learning about taking the temperature of Mars with Mike Brown.  Also we can report on more Facebook smart alecs and dealing with sheltering in place.

Friday, April 3, 2020

AAS Summer 236th Meeting will be online; Learning about Mars with Mike; Hey, there's a sunspot; Starship fails cryo-test! Luckily, COVID 19 transmission is mostly by droplets!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we find more and more meetings transitioning to online.  We will comment on some ongoing classes and look at a tiny sunspot and return to our back of the envelope Stoke's Law analysis and how luckily the current COVID-19 is mostly not an airborne virus.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jim Baggott's Quantum Cookbook; Social Distancing Smart Alecs; Stoke's Law and the Virus; Starship progress; Enjoying the simple sunset!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are still sheltering in place but can offer a review of a fantastic book and do some physical analysis of some of the issues that go into setting social distancing recommendations.