• Astronomy
  • Viewing Comet Lovejoy

    We finally got a chance to take advantage of the clear, moonless skies to have a look at Comet Lovejoy! Farra, Atira, Kaleesha joined me at the scope and it was quite a view. Fantastic I’d say. We also had a look at a few objects that Farra had not had a chance to see […]

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  • Homeschool Star Party

    Wow. Just had a crowd of homeschool families from Poplar Bluff over for a star party. Denny manned the telescope, Farra helped guide the way up and down the path in the dark, Atira and Seth helped me in the house, making popcorn and hot cocoa and directing folks to the bathroom. I also quizzed […]

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  • The Milky Way Reflected

    Stunning image of the disk of our Milky Way galaxy: 200 – 500 billion other stars just in our galaxy which is one of billions of galaxies. Fantastic!The bulge you see at the center is the actual center of the disk and contains a super massive black hole and is 26,000 light-years from our Solar […]

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  • Our Star

    Fantastic image of our local star! Absolutely stunning. The diameter of the Sun is about 109 times that of Earth, and it has a mass about 330,000 times that of Earth, accounting for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. Chemically, about three quarters of the Sun’s mass consists of hydrogen, whereas […]

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  • Rhubarb and Sam, Episode 4

    This week in Rhubarb and Sam, astronomy! We set-up at the Tucker Creek observatory for some time at the telescope only to have a clear night turn into a not-so-clear night due to high humidity. The stars were still pretty bright in our dark skies so we settled in on the moon couch (our disc […]

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  • Wonderland

    There are moments in life when everything feels just right. I’m not sure if those moments are happening all the time and it is just a matter of seeing them, recognizing them and acknowledging them or if it is the act of recognizing the potential of their existence that we help them into existence. Whatever […]

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  • Lunar Eclipse

    Here’s another, slightly better, shot of last night’s eclipse. I tweaked this one just a bit to bring out the details. The stars visible in the scope (not photo) right to the edge of the moon offer up amazing perspective and sense of dimension. This kind of event is the only time we get to […]

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  • Cosmic Dance

    A few weeks back I wrote about viewing the supernova in M82. It was first observed around the same time that an article was circulating about the continuing and drastic decline of Monarch butterfly populations. I had both the supernova and the threat to the Monarch on my mind when I sat down to write […]