"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

— New York Times

Saturn moons

Saturn - upcoming transits

Titan Transit

Saturn is getting bigger and higher.  The dark spot in Saturn is Titan NOT it's shadow.  Titan transits are very rare!  And I'm fortunate to be able to view this.  There are 3 more transits for the year.  The one on February 24 will be a rare quadruple transit!!


Saturn's Moons

Now is a good time to observe Saturn - next year the planet is headed for a ring-plane crossing so we won't get as good of a view of the rings as we do now. Here's a nifty online doo-dad that can help you observe the brighter satellites of Saturn:http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/3308506.html?page=1&c=y