Category Archives: astronomy

Reader’s wildlife photos

Well, today we have not wildlife but stars, appropriate for Valentine’s Day since we have no amorous animals and stars often feature in love poems. These lovely photos come from reader Tim Anderson, whose notes are indented. I’m having an unusual run of clear, still nights, so I am taking advantage of the opportunities. This […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As I’m now in Chicago, the readers’ wildlife photos will now resume, and I have all that were sent me earlier. But do send me more, as I can always use them. Today we have contributions from four readers. The first is from Bruce Lyon, who, though a professor of ornithology/evolutionary biology, also photographed last […]

New Horizons probe headed for Ultima Thule

by Greg Mayer NASA’s New Horizons probe will be making a near approach to a distant object in the Kuiper Belt, nicknamed “Ultima Thule”, tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2019, Chicago time. You can follow the progress at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory New Horizon’s webpage, with links to televised events here. Televised events are […]

Readers’s wildlife photos (and a video)

Reader Terry Platt sent a short movie of a big comet: As my interests include astrophotography, I thought that you might like the attached movie of Comet Wirtanen that I took on the night of December 22nd. The comet is currently making a close pass of the Earth and, despite a full moon, it was quite […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll have just one photo today. Since stars play a role in the mythology of Christmas, here’s a star picture from reader Tim Anderson in Australia. His notes: One of the most beautiful sights of the summer skies is the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. Imaged 24/12/18 in Cowra, NSW The […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some photos from reader Don McCrady, whose work hasn’t appeared here for a while. These are some of 5,000 photos he took on a recent trip to Namibia, and we’re promised more. Don’s captions are indented. Here are a few shots of some of the wildlife we could see at the Erindi […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have some wildlife photos and one space picture today. The wildlife pictures come from reader Tony Eales of Brisbane, Australia, whose notes are indented: More pics from my trip to Brunei, Borneo. Enter the arthropods. Here’s a collection of the more unusual creatures in the rainforest at Ulu Temburong National Park.  Colourful rainforest crabs […]

Readers’ wildlife photograph

Posting may be light today as I have some science to do (working on my last research paper!), and we’ll have but one wildlife photo, an astronomy photo by reader Tim Anderson. But I love the astronomy shots, and this is a good one. Tim’s notes: This is a picture of the Sculptor Galaxy, NGC […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri today. First, photos from Margaret Shofner, who says this about the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): The whole world loves cat food. We get possums and raccoons when I forget to bring in the porch kitties’ food. We live in a small town in north-central Texas. I’m rarely without a lap cat, […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs (and videos)

Reader Olen Rambow sent a video demonstrating = convergent evolution: a “hummingbird moth”, one of several species that hovers before flowers like hummingbirds and sucks nectar from them with a large proboscis. This one is probably the white-lined sphinx moth, Hyles lineata. His notes are indented: While visiting Santa Fe, NM, I ran across a moth […]