In my second-to-last blog post, I talked a lot about the Bortle Scale. What is it? Why should you care? Invented by John Bortle in a 2001 Sky & Telescope article, the Bortle Scale is an effective way for you to objectively assess the darkness – or, unfortunately, the brightness – of your sky, or […]Read More September 28, 2018: The Bortle Scale, or Why Gas is Your Friend
With apologies to Inigo Montoya, you killed the word theory; prepare to die. Heh heh, okay, a little more seriously, let’s talk about the word theory and what it means in science. You often see the word bandied about in discussions, with the inevitable “that’s just a theory” thrown in to try to cut off […]Read More September 21, 2018: I Do Not Think Theory Means What You Think It Means
Banner photo credit: Ian Norman . . . deep in the heart of Westcliffe! I just got back from southern Colorado, and boy are my arms tired. Wait, that’s not the joke. My tires are tired. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, thanks to a fellow DASer, Noel, for inviting me and another DASer, Joe, out to […]Read More September 15, 2018: The Stars At Night, Shine Big and Bright . . .