Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Astronomy Adventure - Open Clusters

Photos of open clusters Messier 7...

and Messier 6

Note To Readers

Light blogging for the next few days as I work on another project and revamping the site. Hopefully, something to look forward to...

You can follow me on twitter as I will probably be a little more active there.

Since there will be light blogging, I'm expecting the worst from Donald Trump. He never disappoints in that regard.

Preparing For The Solar Eclipse Today

Depending on where you are today, there will either be a total or partial solar eclipse. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY AT ANY POINT DURING THE ECLIPSE! Here are a few tips to safely view the eclipse if you do not have the proper eye protection.

Here is an initial test of the solar filter I will be using on my camera during the eclipse:


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Natural Weekends - Feathered Friends

Looks like it is time for a little repair to the osprey nest!

And a heron looks for lunch...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Power Of Military In Trump Administration May Indicate Failure Of Democracy

Joy Reid had Larry Wilkerson on the other night and noted the irony of having generals, in the form of Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, essentially being the responsible parties in the current administration in keeping civilian control of government. I can only paraphrase Wilkerson's response but it was that this was typical of empires that relied on the projection of military power as they began to fail. The military leaders were the only ones who were seen as having the competence and ability to run the empire. We're not there yet, but it is another frightening sign that our democracy could well be failing, with the resulting rise in the appeal of authoritarianism.