Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go upwards.

— Fred Hoyle

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Can static discharges produce Gamma Rays????

In researching info on ULF/ELF waves I found an interesting article....

what comes first the chicken or the egg?

What ya find when your searching the net

I was researching some geneology tonight and came across my name... in an astronomical webpage!!!
Im famous!

Asteroid Ceres - for you folks with computer operated Scopes!

This may be of some help in sighting the asteroid Ceres

On the page is a link to daily
ephemerides. You need a star chart
with fainter stars in the vicinity
to be really sure that you have
found it. Then if you look again
on a succeeding night, it will have
moved relative to the stars, another

We have an orbiting neighbor

2009 BD

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 BD is slowly passing by Earth today only 400,000 miles away. The approximately 10 meter-wide space rock poses no significant threat, but it merits attention anyway: The orbit of 2009 BD appears to be almost identical to the orbit of Earth. 2009 BD may be a rare "co-orbital asteroid," circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet.

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!!

Giant Rockets from NASA in our future



From the days of our previous moon landings, we felt nothing could be larger than the Saturn V rocket, hurling the Lunar Lander and appendages towards the moon.

We then create a fabulous space telescope, "Hubble" and over the following years it has given us stupendous views of the cosmos.

New telescope LAMOST comes online in China

The LAMOST Schmidt Telescope

The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) is a quasi-meridian reflecting Schmidt telescope laid down on the ground with its optical axis fixed in the meridian plane. IT has a 4m aperture. With a 1.75 m focal plane it has a 5 degree field of view, and a 1/0.25 nm spectral resolution! 4000 optical fibers collect the spectra of 4000 objects. It has  the highest spectrum acquiring rate in the world. It is located at the Xinglong Observing Station outside Bejing.

Great time today at the Annual Dinner

It was my first attendance to the Annual DInner.. and a great time it was. It was nice to see everyone again. The Russian Hall was great, and the food fabulous. Thirds anyone???

Got my own copy of the Huygens landing, with all the features.... What a vid!...

Next year.. I'll have some pics to submit!!!


NASA's 50th Anniv

A great review of the history of NASA right from the beginning... Complete with videos, music of the era's and a peak to the futre. Great animation. Prepare to spend a good hour or more reminiscing!