Eye on the Philippines

Our summer “dog” days are hot and humid and typically cloudy. Observing nights are limited, but when they happen you learn to move quickly. July 31 was one of those nights–it was clear and calm for a few hours. I grabbed the little 80mm refractor that we use in astronomy… Continue reading

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Tale of Two Continents — from Observing M51

It is a most unlikely story when observing a beautiful object leads to a story of two men on two continents who have never met. But that is exactly what this post introduces. The whole affair started simply enough: observe M51, which is a beautiful spiral galaxy in the Northern… Continue reading

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Thoughts of the Philippines: The “Winter Circle”

The Winter Circle is the name of a giant asterism or pattern in the sky. During January to March and high in the sky is an approximate circle of dominant stars. It is huge in terms of breadth; it cannot be viewed except with the naked eye. On hazy nights… Continue reading

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Walking Down the Valley and Thoughts of Japan

We do practical projects in CHRISTWORKS that come out of our faith in Jesus Christ. I still remember visiting a little church near New Orleans. They had been pretty much wiped out by Katrina and were in a race to get on their feet again. We helped a little bit.… Continue reading

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