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)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hooray, successful launch and arrival of SpaceX Dragon spacecraft Endeavor at ISS!; SpaceX Starship SN4 explodes but progress continues!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Hooray, after a delay, the Falcon 9 rocket made it into orbit with the Dragon spaceship, with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, blasted off and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS)!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Venus Mercury Conjunction; Cancelled Ukraine Cruise; Cancelled conferences, but virtual AAS meeting; Some big bang galaxy formation; Get this mansion observatory?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, the launch of the crewed Dragon spaceship has been scrubbed due to weather, now scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at 12:22 pm on the west coast, but we can report on the Venus-Mercury Conjunction and some cancelled meetings, but the summer AAS meeting is virtual, and end up with some big bang astrophysics and a home observatory for sale.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Remember to watch the Crewed Dragon Demonstration Launch; Night out at Curiosity Peak Observatory; Honoring Memorial Day; Trying to capture comet SWAN C/2020 F8

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are still stuck in our burrows, but there are hints of opening up more and more and maybe sit down openings at restaurants.  In the meantime we have the upcoming Crewed Dragon launch and trying to capture the comet SWAN C/2020 F8 and will offer some comments on Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Getting back into light curves even with a quiet sun; Time to read the stack of journals; The Precipice; Goodbye Tom Lipo; How it all began!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are again in social isolation lockdown, which seems to be easing up some, but we have been mostly reduced to reading journals and not doing much night sky observing, but did sign up for the Vstar course from AAVSO, which hopefully will get me out doing some actual light curve measurements shortly.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Before Time Began; Fresh water and the fate of food; Wilczek on Quanta of the Third Kind; More on corona and a spray that sort of helps!

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has had time to review a book and attend a lecture on food and global warming and the experimental verification of anyon statistics and a few comments on flattening the curve.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Raptor engines in Boca Chica and Elon calls for freedom; Peering through the fence at the beach; Particle tracks in minerals as dark matter and neutrino detectors; Curious about the big bang, just order primordial soup?

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are again, stuck in our burrows, but in the meantime while we wait for freedom, we can report on ongoing activity at Boca Chica and an interesting discussion of using small samples of minerals from deep in the Earth as solid state particle detectors for neutrinos and perhaps dark energy.  You might also get a hint or two about how this social isolation is beginning to affect me.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Starship SN4 completes 3 second static burn; Next Starlinks will have sun shade; Looking into equations of General Relativity; HR6819, Nearest Black Hole

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, here we are watching videos and news and meeting on line again.  So, today we get some SpaceX Starship and Starlink news as well as follow up with more equations of general relativity on one page and end with the announcement of the closest black hole to us.