Mars continues in its opposition, and I continue to go out to observe it whenever possible to see if I can see surface details. A few nights ago, it was clear again (probably a record number of clear nights in one week!), and so out I went. It’s a little hard to overstate how tough […]Read more "May 25, 2016: Mars Part Deux! and Atmospheric Dispersion"
I’ve had a gripe for a long time now, and it’s the lousy stinking weather forecast. No, not the weather itself – that’s a separate gripe. As readers of this blog know, the weather here in New York in particular and the East Coast generally – hmmm, how can I put this delicately? – sucks. […]Read more "May 18, 2016: The Weather Forecast and Mars!"
We had a great outreach session at Carl Schurz Park along the East River in Manhattan yesterday for the Transit of Mercury – all 7 1/2 hours of it, starting from before 7:12am when the transit began, all the way until just after 2:40pm, after it ended. There were half a dozen of us from […]Read more "May 10, 2016: The Transit of Mercury and Eclipse Orbital Mechanics"