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 1, 2021

Vaccine effectiveness and timeline; Learn about vaccines with Ninja Nerd; Having fun with Python and big numbers of mRNA; Is Tritium or Carbon-14 a Betavoltaics good for energy storage?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, we didn't get any nighttime observing done this week and we were mostly preoccupied with wondering about the effectiveness of the 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hooray, Resident Astronomer gets 2nd vaccine shot; Great video of Perseverance landing on Mars; Some comments on the AAS Habitable Worlds 2021 conference

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Hooray, this week we finally received our 2nd vaccine shot.  Resident Astronomer Peggy will get her 2nd shot next week.  In the meantime, we watched some great video of Perseverance landing on Mars and sat in on the online AAS Habitable Worlds conference and can provide some brief comments.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

Starlinks seen, with naked eyeballs, moving across the sky; Upcoming Starklink rocket launches; Perseverence Rover to land on Mars on Feb 18

Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, this week's prediction by Heavens-Above, showed good observational opportunity of Starlinks in the OC area from 5:32 to 5:37 am, Feb 14.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Blast from the past with Falcon Heavy! Upcoming possible Starlinks observation; Finally tried Einsteinpy to calculate Christoffel symbols; Offshore Nuclear Power Plants?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well my social media site reminds me of past events and this time was when we were at Kennedy Space Center for the first launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy with Starman aboard Elon's red Tesla.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Resident Astronomer gets his first jab; Will Lie Group E(8) be the Theory of Everything?; FAA Part 450; Starship SN9 mostly successful, but ends in RUD!

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we listened to some interesting discussion on on E(8) symmetry and Theories of Everything and Starship SN9 finally makes a test hop, but first this Resident Astronomer got in line for his first COVID-19 vaccine injection.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Quiz Results! Elon salvages offshore oil platforms for at sea Starship launch sites; Golden Webinars from Chile; Daniela Calzetti explains expects of dust on galactic measurements

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the weather has turned cold and rainy so more time for inside activity.  First up we can report that some folks actually did some work on the quiz.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Weather interlude; More on RNA viruses and variants and genetic sequencing; Nucleoside Nomenclature; What is this common household item?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well the weather has turned very windy and cloudy and might get in the way of observing the conjunction of Mar/Uranus/Moon on Ja 20, so let's take a break and look at some news in virology.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mercury low on the horizon and Mars & Uranus high up; Sample Return News; AAS237 Meeting; White Dwarfs and Gravity Waves; AGN; Gravity Energy Storage System; Shaken not Stirred!

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has had clear nights so we can show some DSLR shots of Mercury and Mars and Uranus, then comment on some space news and some more brief comments on AAS 237.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Orloj - The Prague Astronomical Clock; iPad Astrolabe; Hooray, first day of the online AAS 237th meeting; Pulsar Timing Arrays; Mars-Uranus nearing conjunction

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Earlier in the week we saw some TV show on astronomy and they showed the Orloj Astronomical Clock in Prague. Wo while we wait for the AAS 237th meeting to start, lets detour to that clock.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Get ready for AAS 237; Coming up on the Mars and Uranus Conjunction; How to sequence DNA; Astronomer Assistant Willow

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week has kept busy indoors studying about how DNA genome sequencing works and practicing outdoors trying to photograph Uranus with a DSLR telephoto lens.  But first we should check the calendar for upcoming AAS meetings.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!; Great conjunction composite photo! My favorite COVID-19 at home self test? Hey, the Sun has some spots; Closing in on the last images and orbital measurement of Saturn's moon Titan

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, here we are in a new year and plan and hope for more successful, saner and safe and happy new year! Our end of year activity was busy trying to complete the measurement of Titan's orbit around Saturn and do some physics while sometimes getting sidetracked into armchair virology as we navigate our way through the pandemic.