I’ve decided to make it a bit easier on myself to post more frequent updates, specifically images and short, micro-style status updates.
It is obvious at this point but I’ll just say it, Donald Trump is a fool. Ignorant, arrogant, stupid and a danger to our planet.
Experimenting with microblogging.
Had an opportunity to share a view of the Orion Nebula through the telescope last night. Sharing astronomy is always great fun.
Aaaaahhhh. Yes. Here we are. Well, here I am. I assume that there might be a we. It is certainly my hope that there will be a we. In any case, I am most definitely here. This will be a continuation of the blogging I’ve been doing over at ourtomorrow.blogspot.com for the past 10 or so years. I expect it will be more of the same, no big changes in direction. I’ll write about the thing I enjoy and occasionally the things that frustrate me. By and large though I expect to keep it positive.
So you can expect musings and observations of life in the woods, observing the local critters as well as the distant objects in our night sky. Thoughts on science, society, and the Universe in general. Also, of course, bits about my experiments with permaculture.
I’ve been on Facebook since 2007 but have grown increasingly uncomfortable with it. This article was the last straw. I’ll be closing my account there and getting very busy here. I’ll probably be posting a few articles and backdating to the original FB timeline post… just the better posts that I don’t want to loose track of. I’ll try not to flood the feed.
Excellent visualization of the vast distances of space even in our local solar system.
In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective. I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually “sees” or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.