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May 29, 2006

Marginal is good enough, but . . .

Well the Clear Sky Clock can be wrong! It was calling for pretty close to ideal viewing conditions between 9 and midnight last night and they turned out to be marginal at best. As I waited for four visitor’s to...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:34 AM
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May 28, 2006

You can't believe your eyes . . .

That's the bottom line - it's about what I'm seeing, or not seeing . . . It's muggy, it's humid, it's 3:30 am. Any astronomer with a modicum of experience would tell me to go back to bed. The transparency...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:48 AM
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May 27, 2006

Eyecandy from Cassini

Click - please do - to enlarge! The Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn has made a host of scientific discoveries, but this one you can just put in the awe column - it's simply beautiful. The little moon above...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:54 PM
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May 25, 2006

Blind and no bluff

Contour drawing, I’m talking about – but with no contours, either. Still, it helps – I’m convinced you see more when you do it. As usual, when I plan to get up early I end up getting a whopping 6-hours...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:41 AM
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May 24, 2006

Even the best laid plans sometimes go right ;-)

Shortly after 7 am yesterday I sent out a notice to the group planning to visit that night saying “this is going to be an iffy day - right now I expect it to be mostly clear this morning,...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:23 PM
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May 23, 2006

Twinkle, twinkle little nuclear explosion

I had a father and his10-year-old son come for their first visit to the Observatory yesterday and this time I think I started them off right. I’ve learned a lot during this first year of public observing sessions and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:10 AM
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May 22, 2006

On bended knee . . . sometimes things just distract you.

On bended knee Globular clusters fascinate me – partly because they play a Cheshire Cat-type game with the cosmologists. See one of the things cosmologists try to calculate is the age of the Universe. However, some studies of globular clusters...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:29 PM
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May 21, 2006

Of comets, rings, and yellow warblers

I went to bed before 9, figuring that by normal standards I would be awake at 1:30 am giving me plenty of time to look for Comet SW-3 which continues to break up in interesting fashion – but is a...
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:21 AM
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May 20, 2006

Flying south with Cygnus and . . .

Given changing conditions and iffy forecast I decided to go to bed early and get up early to see if I could catch another glimpse of Comet SW-3. I figured the best time would be between 3 am and 3:30...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:20 AM
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  • You can't believe your eyes . . .

  • Eyecandy from Cassini

  • Blind and no bluff

  • Even the best laid plans sometimes go right ;-)

  • Twinkle, twinkle little nuclear explosion

  • On bended knee . . . sometimes things just distract you.

  • Of comets, rings, and yellow warblers

  • Flying south with Cygnus and . . .
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