Memoirs of my College Days during a course taken under Dr. Max Dresden Being born in 1955, the year Albert Einstein died, I could never have met him. But as time, being born when I was, serendipity and choice of pursuits would have it, I would someday get to meet and deeply benefit from someone … More The Closest I Came to Meeting Albert Einstein
When I was a young child, long before I received my first telescope as a Christmas gift from my parents, I often looked up at the moon and thought to myself, this is what the moon will look like in a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now, long after I’m gone. While … More Some Thoughts About Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and transmitting data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine, placing itself into orbit around the solar system’s largest planet. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still … More First In-Orbit View of Jupiter From Juno
At 9:32 AM, EDT on this date forty seven years ago, humanity finally came of age, venturing off our home world, home to all life that we know of since the dawn of recorded history, for a thousand millennia. I was 14 on this date back in 1969 and I remember it as though it … More Today is The 47th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing!
A relatively strong, C-class solar flare was observed on Sunday, July 17th by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare is noteworthy in that the sun has been relatively quiescent, on its way to solar minimum. The image and the accompanying video below are composites, compiled from hard Ultraviolet and X-ray images obtained by the SDO, … More Significant Solar Flare Recorded By NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory
As twilight deepens tonight and as you step outside facing south, it’s as though nature was trying to dress to impress, complete with her best jewels! Tonight’s waxing gibbous moon, less than 24 hours before full, is in Sagittarius, set against the far more distant galactic center. Although the sky’s brightness will continue to increase … More Tonight’s Summer Celestial Showcase
Today marks the one year anniversary of New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, completing humanity’s first reconnaissance of all the classical planets. Rather than a mere flyby, what if we were to actually land on the frigid, enigmatic world? To celebrate the anniversary while openly pondering that very question, the following video was released by … More Today Marks One Year Anniversary of Historic Pluto Flyby!
In what could only be described as a visual metaphor of a bright, hopeful, limitless future, this image, iconic as it is inspirational, epitomizes what is the best in us, the potential we have to soar to new heights, a young child chasing Juno along a Florida beach as the intrepid explorer slips the surly … More Limitless!
In beautiful cadence, the progress of knowledge and understanding cascading across the millennia culminating now, with Juno’s successful arrival at Jupiter. In resounding brilliance, we are in orbit around the largest planet in our solar system, in search of our beginnings. In the waning hours of July 4th, Juno successfully began its two year orbit … More Juno, The Essence of Celestial Harmonic Motion
Today, July 4th, the Earth is at aphelion, the furthest point from the sun ☀ in its orbit. The idea that the climate is warmest in the northern hemisphere at this time is often counter intuitive. Enjoy the holiday and don’t forget that this evening Juno goes into orbit around Jupiter! All our science, measured … More Earth Furthest From Sun Today