Category Archives: astronomy

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 […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’re having a short RWP today as I have a larger post on Dobrzyn to follow soon. Today we have two special star photos from reader Don McCrady After a streak of great clear weather in the Seattle area I (thus far) have two new astro-images for your site.  (More coming, I hope, if I […]

Moon crosses Earth: a remarkable sequence

There will be no readers’ wildlife today: I’m saving up the photos for when I’m in Poland. Instead, have a gander at this photo: This still photo of the moon interposed between a satellite and Earth was going around yesterday, and some who saw it automatically cried “Photoshop!” (I don’t think I’ve ever posted an amazing photo that […]

Readers’ wildlife

We have a potpourri again today. The first couple of photos are from reader Kevin Voges, who lives in Oz. His notes are indented. Imagine seeing these birds every day, as if they were pigeons or starlings in the U.S.! Here’s a few more photos, this time from our place in Brisbane (Australia). The first is a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have miscellaneous photos from regulars today. First, from Mark Sturtevant: While going over some old pictures, I suddenly realized I had never sent you pictures from the batch of ‘hickory horned devil’ caterpillars that I had raised some years ago. These grow to become the longest caterpillar in the U.S., and later they become […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a melange of photos today, but will start with Stephen Barnard’s documentation of the eaglets growing in Idaho: Lucy (?) and a fast-growing chick: The nestlings are exercising their wings. Nearby lives a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus): Anne-Marie Cournoyer found what appears to be a mating aggregation of garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) in […]