Category Archives: Astronomy

Medio Porteño

Yo fui concebido en Buenos Aires, alrededor del 26 de febrero en el año 1960, con la Cruz del Sur brillando en los cielos y, más cerca en la Plaza San Martín, las jacarandas en flor. Aunque nací en Nueva … Continue reading

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On Light Pollution

It is better to put out one porch light than to curse the brightness.

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Lunar Eclipse, Real Time

9:56 PM, EST:  According to online information (I first typed “onlune”!), the moon has already begun to pass into the earth’s penumbra, or larger and lighter shadow.  My telescope is trained on it, and I see no change whatsoever.  The … Continue reading

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Snowbound

I’m snowed in today–more precisely, iced in. Church is canceled and freezing rain expected. I hope for a break in the clouds late tonight for the lunar eclipse. While the skies are expected to clear before totality, the temperature will … Continue reading

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The Stars Just Now

Just stepped out on a bitter cold morning–Eleven Ladies Dancing! In order, I saw Arcturus, Venus, a shooting star, and the Big Dipper. Hardly the stuff of an astrophysics journal, but how often do you bother to go outside and … Continue reading

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Getting Underway

Happy Ten Pipers Piping!  It’s still Christmas. It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas this late in the season, does it?  But it is.  Saturday is Twelfth Night.  Feel free to have one more party! Looking ahead, Septuagesima Sunday is February … Continue reading

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Mercury

I was driving to the train station before dawn this morning.  Venus was blazing away as she has been doing for weeks now.  I chanced to look below her and to the east, and what do you know!  There was … Continue reading

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Day Trip to Venus

It’s possible to see Venus with the naked eye all day long, if you know exactly where to look and the bright planet isn’t too close to the sun. (DO NOT look close to the sun.  Your eyes are dazzled … Continue reading

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At Last, the Stars

It’s been so rainy and overcast! Early this morning, before 6, I stepped outside and saw the stars again.  I felt something akin to what Dante felt on emerging from Hell to behold the spangled heavens.  Well, that’s an exaggeration; … Continue reading

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Arcturus

The full moon just set, and this house’s long shadow faded into the darkness of woods and lingering snow. It is 6 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Venus is blazing at a white-hot magnitude -4.something.  I’m sorry I don’t have my telescope … Continue reading

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