Creation Surprise in the Sky

It began with a simple request: can we have a bunch of community youth come up to the observing deck and observe? We established the equipment at IFL in Cabuyao, Laguna, PI for them about 2 years ago. Enough trained staff  were ready to try a local crowd at night, but over… Continue reading

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Observing Among Moonstruck Children

It as been over two weeks in the Philippines. We cannot really tell who gets more excited when we start pointing at the stars. Sometimes the teachers are as moonstruck as the children. Our first couple nights were peaceful as our friends discovered we were back. I even had time… Continue reading

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Goldschmidt in Oil and a Note from the Philippines

We were very busy in August getting ready for a mission trip to the Philippines. Now that we are here, I am catching up with some posting. If interested, read on…. The ministry site has a new post with an oil painting of the crater Goldschmidt. The title is appropriate (“Overcoming… Continue reading

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20-Year Anniversary

This is a story about observing the heavens but in a larger context because the two included sketches were during an unusual 20-year anniversary: 20 years since Linda, my wife, had cancer the first time. She has had cancer 3 times since then. It has not stopped us, and the ordeal also… Continue reading

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Moonlight Pollution to Manlight Pollution

Most amateur astronomers shudder at the thought of observing with a highly visible moon or a heavily light-polluted sky from manmade lighting. However, a recent couple of nights observing serves to illustrate the value of observing what you can see — even when conditions are not good in a classical… Continue reading

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