Nova Delphinus 2013

The universe is always changing. The stars over our heads at night look eternal, but the firmament is far from permanent. Polaris wasn’t always the (northern) pole star, but Vega was, and will be again in another 12 millennia. All the stars you see are moving, rather fast actually, just imperceptibly slow at this distance…

We’re all lying in the gutter…

We’re all lying in the gutter, but some of us are there because we were looking at the stars while cycling. -Tom Lang (@Langemhigh on Twitter) It’s rare that I see a tweet from cycling tweeps about astronomy, or astronomy tweeps about cycling. So this spoof of a famous Oscar Wilde quote caught my eye…

Bicycle Astronomy Tonight!

The Bicycle Astronomer will be at Jefferson Street Park at 9pm tonight (Monday, August 5th), assuming the skies stay mostly clear. Final weather call will be at 8pm, so check here or¬†Bicycle Astronomy Workshop¬†on facebook. We should have a pretty dark, moonless sky tonight; and Saturn, the season’s prominent planet, is setting pretty early, so…

Review: Europa Report

I suspect most science fiction readers who have a scientific background enjoy the sub-genre known as “hard sci-fi”. Writers of hard science fiction strive to create credible scenarios that generally adhere to physical laws. Explosions in outer space don’t go “boom” in hard science fiction. If hard sci-fi authors portray scientists in their stories, then…