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
Just a semi-brief “observing report” for the Perseids and some other stuff. I went out to the DAS Dark Site on Friday, Saturday, and wouldncha know it, on Sunday, too. Well, more Monday really, by the time we got there. It was definitely a fun astronomy extended weekend. On Friday night there were about a […]Read More August 17, 2018: Meteors and Coyotes and Rattlers, Oh My! and a Mea Culpa
A few months back, I highlighted Charles Messier and his famous catalogue. But because of a number of omissions – you might even say some of them were, ahem, glaring – it was felt that another catalogue was needed for amateurs to hunt down, to expand beyond Messier’s 110 objects. At the request of Sky and […]Read More Feburary 10, 2018: Patrick Moore and the Caldwell Catalogue
Inreach? Is that something we shouldn’t be talking about (let alone doing) in front of children? No, it’s outreach directed inwards towards the members of an astroclub. Last night, the Denver Astronomical Society held a terrific inreach event out at our dark site location, 60 miles east of town. Outreach is fun for the general […]Read More August 13, 2017: Inreach and Perseids
Happy Fourth of July! The title of this blog post is from the book written by Mike Brown, “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”. Mike Brown is the discoverer of Eris, the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that is/was larger than Pluto* and sealed Pluto’s fate; in fact, he goes by his […]Read More July 4, 2017: Another rant – Pluto had it coming.