Category Archive: Astronomy

Ground Control to Major Tom…er, Cmdr Chris…

At the conclusion of his stint as commander of the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield signs off with a slick and fitting send-off prior to taking the somewhat hazardous return trip… Continue reading

CURIOSITY bites the dust, and lives to tell about it!

PASADENA, Calif. – About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA’s Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater. Mission Control at… Continue reading

The 2012 Transit of Venus

Twice in a person’s lifetime, and only twice (and maybe only once) one gets to see, with the aid of a suitable telescope or sun projector, the planet Venus move across the face… Continue reading

Backyard astronomy: a portable observatory.

One of the challenges of doing backyard astronomy in the big city is the fact that big cities are bright (see the telescopes I use here). There’s no such thing as dark skies… Continue reading

Neck Pain and Eyestrain

Hobbies that involve the physical universe are not necessarily compatible with the corporeal universe, hence the title of this post. Like so many others, when night falls, I find myself frequently drawn to… Continue reading