March 22, 2016 at approximately 7:30 a.m. CDT comet P/2016 BA14 will buzz earth closer than any comet has in over 250 years. Clearing the way for it’s friend will be comet 252P/LINEAR on Monday, the morning before at around 7:14 a.m. CDT. You will need pro gear to see these so it’s not really an event for the amateur astronomer but a relevant event to our study of comets. Continue reading Closest Comet Approach in 250 Years as P/2016 BA14 Passes Earth Tuesday
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun getting a bunch of t-shirt designs together for GetShirtsPrinted.com I’ve been resurrecting some old designs and creating all new ones. I’m very excited about the ability to do one offs that are quality with today’s DTG printers. I invite you to check out some of my prints below with some “how I did them” info and some obligatory general ramblings. Continue reading Having fun creating shirt designs for GSP
Back in September of 2015 scientists detected a pair of black holes that spun towards each other and combined into an even larger black hole, all taking place about 1.3 billion light years away. These black holes are around 30 times bigger than our own sun and I would assume this event is just what they were hoping for to help shed some light on a bunch of the mysteries surrounding things like gravity, time, space, dark matter, etc. Continue reading That time things got heavy man!
Alright this is weird shit. A picture has been floating around the intertubes that is a direct link to a NASA photograph from the Apollo 8 mission. Here’s the link and a local small version:
Every year the Perseid meteor shower is one of the best. I’ve been either away from a good area or had clouds the last few times cosmic shows were “on”, so I am very pleased to say that tonight is totally clear and the moon has already set. Dark skies and no clouds makes a happy Roger. Continue reading Perseid meteor shower 2013!
9:08 PM EST It’s that time of year again. November 17th is the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower. This one is always good and for 2012 we’ve got dark skies. This year I’m still in Highland, NY, right across the Hudson river from Poukeepsie, so I’ll have a bit of light pollution. You can see the weird stuff in the skies post from a week ago or so to see what kind of night light I deal with. I’ll try to get a few pics tonight using the Panasonic GH2 of course and I’ll use the 20mm 2.5 pancake lens at about 40 seconds. I will update this post as the night goes on. Continue reading The Leonids!
According to Lord Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society, with the advancements in technology at the current rates, it is not unreasonable that we will be able to litterally see alien worlds close up in the not too distant future. According to the astronomer by as early as 2025 he suspects the human race will have the ability to view planets close up outside our solar system and that if there is life we might just be able to detect it. Continue reading Able to literally see alien life within 40 years?
Move over blue moon! The August 31, 2012 “blue moon” phenomenon was overshadowed by an enormous filament eruption from the sun. The Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this amazing video. This is awesome! It looks as if the sun is spewing liquid out into space. This video is a 30 hour time-lapse shot.