Don’t Step On My Brown, Damp Shoes

My shoes are still damp this morning from wandering around the yard last night looking for a good spot to set up my tripod. Early on I wanted to photograph the two Iridium satellite flares. Jupiter beckoned later, and inspired me to carry the scope onto the lawn for a better view. Iridium 33 flares last night June…
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A Duck-footed Scorpion? How So?

Duck on its feet — Photo by Ian Britton/Freephotos.com "It looks like a duck’s foot," my older daughter remarked after I pointed out the Head of the Scorpion to her the other night. And she was right. I’d never seen it that way before. That’s the way constellations are. You learn the "official" patterns but…
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A Fabulous Disappearing Act

Small lumps of ice in the lower left corner of the trench (left image) taken on June 15have disappeared by June 19 (right). There are other more subtle changes in the white material, likely ice, at top. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University The ice chunks cometh! NASA released new photos yesterday showing small lumps…
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It’s The Day You’ve Been Waiting For

Some of us have waited six months for today. This is it. Summer begins at 6:59 p.m this evening for residents of the Central time zone. I recall December 21 when the sun was so low in the sky, it stared you in the face at noon. Now the sun beams down from on high, while the full moon rides…
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Sleep? Who Needs Sleep?

I used to love to stay up late as a kid on those rare occasions when our parents allowed. Now as an adult, I can stay up late anytime I want, with sometimes unpleasant consequences like headaches, ill moods and exhaustion. But on some special nights, you wake up the next day feeling like a…
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