Category Archives: astronomy

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a diversity of photos today, but remember to send your good ones in, as the tank is continually draining. The first one comes from Garry VanGelderen, who lives in Ontario (all readers’ notes indented): Male pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) on my suet feeder, in my backyard in the last few days [sent on Jan. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Rodger Atkin sent a lovely dragonfly photo from Thailand, which may be a mimic. Though I know of no mimetic dragonflies, I don’t know much about Odonata, and Rodger  asks readers if they know anything about this one. His notes: This was taken in my yard in Thailand. I have never seen markings like those […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your good wildlife photos; the tank is getting a bit low. Reader Mark Sturtevant sent a batch of insect photos, which I’ve divided into two parts. Here are the first five with his notes (indented): The first picture is of a Pale Green Assassin Bug (Zelus luridus), which is feeding on an unidentifiable […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have two contributions today, the first being two landscapes from Stephen Barnard taken on November 15 from his home in Idaho. His caption: Here’s the sunrise this morning (looking southeast), and its counterpart, a minute or two later, in the northwest. And from reader Tim Anderson in Oz, we have what I believe is […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have some moon shots, the first from Nicole Reggia: And this one from Stephen Barnard: Here’s a modest attempt at astrophotography. The color cast is due to the moon being slightly obscured by a wispy cloud illuminated by the setting sun. Stephen threw in a bull moose (Alces alces): . . . and […]

BBC Astronomy contest winners

The BBC has announced the winners of its Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, and although I’m not showing the prize-winning image (it doesn’t move me), here are a few I especially liked.  Go over and see the others. The BBC’s captions are indented: The runner-up in this section was also a composite image. Taken […]

Here’s the Philae lander!

This was a tough one, and I sure didn’t see it. Here’s the original picture as posted this a.m.: I’ve circled Philae: And here’s the detail of the area I circled; this and the top picture come from Rosetta Blog via reader coel: I think that at least one reader guess it correctly. The interesting […]

Spot the Philae lander!

Reader Coel called my attention to a picture (I won’t give the URL, as it also has the answer) showing the Philae lander resting on the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The picture was taken by the parent Rosetta spacecraft just three days ago as it came within 3 km of the comet surface. Can you spot the […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Don McCrady sent a bunch of gorgeous astronomy photos. His notes are indented, and further technical and astronomical notes are at the links. Click to enlarge. Now that the weather in Seattle has turned back to being typical Seattle weather, I’ve finally had a chance to process some of the images I took during August.  […]

Are the constellations sexist? The Atlantic goes the way of Salon; Grania responds

More and more, The Atlantic, once a bastion of sober and liberal thought, is going the way of Salon; that is, it’s becoming both clickbait and Authoritarian Leftist, devoted to sniffing out anything that could exude even the merest whiff of social offense. One example is a yesterday’s online piece by Leila McNeill, “The constellations […]