Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Review: Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

I've been meaning to read this book for a long time. I can tell how long as the receipt from when I bought it (dated 1998) was still stuck in the book. Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience, edited by Ben Finney and Eric Jones, is a collection of papers ...

Bob Truax, Last of the Rocketmen

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Captain Robert C. Truax (USN - Retired) passed away over the weekend. According to the notice on the AIAA website, "Capt. Robert C. Truax, past president of the American Rocket Society, organizer of the U.S. Naval Missile Test Center's propulsion research laboratory at Point Mugu, Calif., and AIAA Honorary ...

Arthur C. Clarke – He Will Be Greatly Missed

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, author of many great SF novels and stories, including Childhood's End and Rendezvous With Rama, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel, has passed away in Sri Lanka. From

Lunar Eclipse 2008

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Last night was a full lunar eclipse. Needless to say, it was a stunning event to behold. It also presented an opportunity to test out the camcorder. Lesson learned: do not really on the little 2 inch screen to determine the quality. You don't know what you are capturing until you view the whole thing. [flash ...

Galaxy Zoo

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

A friend of mine, Larry MacDude, pointed me to a new (to me) website called Galaxy Zoo. The concept is to test your skills at identifying galaxies. It's a cool website with lots of images of galaxies and is worth taking a look just for that reason. Tags: Galaxy Zoo Astronomy

Pluto Loses Planetary Status

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Time to throw out all your astronomy books as the International Astronomical Union has decided that Pluto is no longer a planet. Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight. For those of us who ...

Thursday Night Sky Show

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Although I have had a lot to say lately, I have had very little time in which to write. However, sometimes, it is necessary to find the time to write, especially on an occasion when something spectacular happens. Tonight is such a time. Every evening, before bed, I take the puppy-girls ...

Discovery Flies Again!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

I have been wanting to write about this since the launch, however, something called "a life" has been in the way. As the whole world knows, Discovery has lifted off and is now carrying out its mission, sporting new equipment, including a special boom to aid in inspecting the shuttle for ...

July 20th, 1969

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

It was 36 years ago today that the Apollo 11 crew, made the historic first lunar landing, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the Eagle, the lunar exploration module, while Michael collins orbited above in the command module. On this day, it is always good to reflect and remember what ...

Solar Storms Smack a Comet

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Over on, a remarkable article on how Solar Storms have been smacking comets around and disrupting thier tails. It's not a permanent effect, however, it is certainly an interesting phenomenon, and is helpful in understanding how solar storms interact with the inner cosmos.

Enterprise Does Mach 5

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

Over at the University of Queensland Laser Diagnostics Department, they have a report on how well the U.S.S. Enterprise holds up in a wind tunnel up to mach 5, including what happens when space debris impacts the hull.

Spirit Touchdown on Mars

Sunday, January 4th, 2004

Spirit has made its touchdown on Mars lastnight. For news and info on the Mars Rover Project, head over to JPL and check out all the neat stuff there.

West and East Perspective of Komet Hale-Bopp

Monday, December 1st, 2003

Comet Hale-Bopp delighted the skies this past spring, with a wonderful light show enjoyed by people both near and far. These photos was taken by that mighty warrior Kestrel, Wild Woman of the North, from her parents backyard in Maine. Below are photos taken by the Kilted One, Scotty MacKlingon (hey, that's ...