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, March 28, 2021

The secret trick for last week's mirror symmetry quiz; Dr. Ken gets even and recommends symmetry book; Pretending to look for the supernova in city lights; Aunty Acid and the Lazy Astronomer?

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Ok, so this week we are going to reveal the symmetry trick used in the last blog and then go on to pretend to look for the recently announced supernova and finish up with some great advice from Aunty Acid.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The sun has a spot today! Atmospheric scattering equation; Doing physics on the transparent blackboard; Resident Astronomer tries transparent blackboard; Applying symmetry transformations to QFT textbook results in quiz/puzzle?

 Greeting from Palmia Observatory

Well this week we look at the sun for any spots and introduce the atmospheric scattering equation and then finish up with some symmetry and mirror image flipping and leave you with a puzzle to solve.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Yep, OCA Dave shows you can photograph the Zodiacal light from Anza; Estimating and comparing sky brightness from Needles, CA

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well, here we are evaluating a good site from which to see or at least photograph the Zodiacal light.  Yep, OCA Dave reminds us that it shows up quite often in photographs from Anza observing site.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Still looking for Starlinks; Remembering our search for the northern lights and considering safe return to Fairbanks; Intro to virus variants; Remembering dark matter as better answer with Sean; Epistemology with Schmachtenberger; Virtual March APS Meeting; What is quantum Annealing? Virtual Lunar and Planetary Society Meeting

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well this week is going to be busy with online virtual conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), who is conducting their March Meeting which concentrates on condensed matter physics.  Also the Lunar and Planetary Society (LPSC) is holding their online 52nd annual conference meeting.  But, before it all gets started, we have other activities to report on including the attempt to see if the March 16 predicted string of lights from Starlinks satellites would be visible.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Starship SN10 flies, lands and then explodes 10 minutes later; More on finding a Starship observation site in Boca Chica and estimating telephoto lens requirements; Three Entangled Qubits and GHZ entangled state

 Greetings from Palmia Observatory

Well here we are wondering, after having received our second vaccine dose, how this "new normal" will affect our decisions to travel and go out more?  In the meantime we can report on the latest drama from the Starship SN10 test flight and look into possible launch viewing sites in Boca Chica and finish up with some discussion on three qubit quantum entanglement.

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.