Category Archives: Science and Space
Recent space missions have raised some interesting ideas about exobiology for me. The Galileo and Cassini results on Europa and Enceladus, respectively have revealed evidence for liquid water oceans under their surface ice, providing a remarkably clement environment for life … Continue reading
The “Pale Red Dot” campaign at ESO has just announced a discovery that is truly extraordinary! This would have been my dream discovery as an astronomer! I feel really lucky (and a little giddy) to have gone from simply wondering … Continue reading
When New Horizons launched, its mission in the public imagination was to complete the set of the nine planets. No doubt this helped the mission get funded, and I respect that. By the time it arrived, though, we had accumulated … Continue reading
This week, we saw this on Pluto: This surface has no yet-identified impact craters in it. Instead, there are very tall mountains of unknown geology, some weird puffy deposits near the limb, obscuring underlying geology, a rille I cannot explain, … Continue reading
Curiosity Lands Safely!.
The clever people beside us had set up a projector scope with a pair of binoculars. Isn’t that cool? I remember doing something like that when I was a kid.
This one at least does show the annular eclipse through “eclipse glasses” (mylar film). Unfortunately, the camera was not very steady and the exposure was too long.
I did actually try to take pictures of the actual eclipse of the Sun, but they all sucked. In this picture the sun is partially eclipsed, but you’ll have to take my word on that, obviously. It is a really cool effect, though, and that is my son Nicholas on the rock.