Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!



As you can probably tell from the dramatic decline in posting frequency (besides the weekly picture) 2009 turned out to be a pretty busy year for me. I'm not really making any resolutions this year but it is certainly a goal of mine to be able to blog more (here and at other sites I run).

It's kind of hard to believe 2010 is here. I felt the same way 2001, and in both cases I'm disappointed that we're not at the technological level that Arthur C. Clarke imagined for us. Although we did at least crash the Galileo spacecraft into Jupiter to prevent it from ever possibly crashing into Europa. You know, just in case - "All these world are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there." :)

Here's to a happy and productive 2010!

Picture of the Week #72



Crescent moon and Venus. August 2005.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Picture of the Week #70



Large group of sunspots as imaged by the SOHO spacecraft

I seriously hope this means that 2010 will see an increase in sunspot activity. I'm really getting tired of showing a blank white circle to field trip groups coming to see our solar telescope!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Picture of the Week #69



Quadrant Astrolabe, c. 1325 at the National Air and Space Museum (Downtown). Photo September 2006.