Category Archives: Astronomy

Jupiter = pretty

Remember that time I took a picture of Jupiter and it looked like pretty much a yellowish blob? Well, last night I took this:

jupiter 4 sep

Still a little on the fuzzy side, but consider that I took this with a 5-inch reflector and a point-and-shoot camera. You can clearly see banding, and if you look closely you can see the Great Red Spot in the top left side – my scope flips the image (which is why the GRS is on the top). I used a 6mm lens. Camera was on ISO 100.

I started doing this at the end of May. If this is what I can do in less than 4 months, you can too.

Maybe someday I’ll be able to do this:

Well I can dream…

High-Res Milky Way

Just thought I’d share this link from my old Astronomy professor: It’s a high-res image of the Milky Way. If you click on it it’ll take you to a page where you can zoom in and see all sorts of interesting details, including the large and small Magellanic clouds. There are some other interesting images on this page as well.

Enjoy.

The Argument

No not that one. This one: “There are numerous websites that have expended X number of hours to reassure the masses that Y conspiracy is false. If Z really happened, then anyone who says otherwise is nuts and not worth the time to respond when they claim Y. So obviously, Y has merit.”

Bullshit. More…

New Astro Photos – Moon

All of these photos were taken with a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ and a Sony Cyber-Shot DCS-W90. I used a 6 mm eye piece. It was 8:15 PM, moon waxing gibbous, 3 June 2009. More…

Astromony learning curve 1, Kimbo 0

Ooooook. So I have a bit of advice for you fledgling astrophotographers out there: know what you want to do with your scope before you buy it and make sure it can do that. More…

Kimbo cuts her astrophotography teeth

This morning I got my astrophotography on. The first clear sky in a few days and I was up anyway. More…

Mars Rover Fail

Apparently the rovers may have been accidentally burninating evidence of organic life all this time. [finger in collar]

A common method to detect organic molecules is to burninate the country side and look for characteristic remains in evaporated form. However, perchlorates that were burninated in experiments on Earth left no traces, suggesting that Mars rovers won’t be able to find these compounds with this method. Other compounds might have the same problem so they may have been missing other organics with this method, too. The good news: This means NASA gets to invent a new way to find organic compounds on Mars! Yay science!

So the lack of compounds found on Mars may be less “they aren’t there” and more “oops”. One solution, set to be implemented on 2016, is to heat the compounds in water so they can’t burn away.