I was mighty excited to see the Transit of Venus this past Tuesday. I set up a tiny mirror on a tripod in our back yard, which reflected the image of the sun through our kitchen and down a short hall into my darkened office. This is called the reflected pinhole method, which is a [...]
An interesting pair of celestial events is in the offing. In addition to the solstice (Tuesday 5:38PM central) there’s a full lunar eclipse which should be visible in North America all night after midnight tonight — weather permitting. Unfortunately, here in New Orleans we’ve got a good chance of cloud cover all night. But it’s [...]
The autumnal equinox takes place today at 10:44 AM Central Time. It seems to be like the autumnal equinox gets short shrift. The solstices are celebrated (Christmas, Midsummer) and of course the vernal equinox is the subject of an enduring myth. But the poor old autumnal equinox gets no traction in the popular mind. I [...]
The view from my front porch this morning, about 5:30 a.m. I’m not sure if those are stars or planets, but I’m pretty sure the big thing is the Moon. The picture doesn’t do it justice, of course. Update: David Norris set me straight. Two of those bodies are actually planets. That’s Venus at the [...]
Best damn lunar eclipse I’ve ever seen.