The Armchair Astronomer: Tears in Rain

I suspect science fiction fans might neatly be divided into two types of people: the 2001 type and the Blade Runner type. I belong to the latter tribe. 2001, while brilliant in so many ways, strikes me as sterile, cold and dry. A type of future Hemingway would probably recognize as his kind of place.…

Scales of the Universe

How big is the universe? How small is the smallest thing? How does Ganymede compare in size to Texas, and to a sunflower seed? Cary Huang put this together over a year and a half, assisted by his twin brother Michael. They are 14 years old, and live in California. You should take a look…

Twinkle-Twinkle: Observing Night Time Lapse

http://youtu.be/4UPAw87JjwY?hd=1

At the last observing night for Introduction to Astronomy, I set up my Ricoh GXR, a very handy and very compact camera system, on a tripod and set the on board intervalometer to record an image every five seconds. The next night I set the camera up again on my driveway to record the passage of Orion across the summer sky, in pursuit of prey or mates or perhaps some tea with rum in it (it was COLD!) I stitched those two timelapses together and set it all to a mellow post-grunge version of Twinkle Twinke Little Star.