Category Archives: astronomy

Readers’ wildlife photos

I foolishly let my sink overflow (well, to be sure, a beaker fell into the drain and blocked it when I was running the water)*, so I must now clean up a big mess. But we have one good wildlife (or rather astronomy) photo today, from reader Tim Anderson in Oz. His notes are indented: […]

Reader’s wildlife photo

Remember that on this website, astronomy and nature photos count as “wildlife”. This is a photo from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, whose words are indented: This is a picture of the Trifid Nebula or NGC6514. Its name has nothing to do with the John Wyndham novel “Day of the Triffids”, but instead derives from […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

Today we have two disparate but engaging items: a photo and a video. The video (no ducks were harmed in this clip!) comes from our friend Tara Tanaka, whose note are indented (her Vimeo site is here, and her Flickr site is here). Be sure to enlarge the video before watching. (Tara promises more video of young […]

Reader’s wildlife photo

Well, it’s not really wildlife, but on this site astronomy photos fall under that rubric. Reader Tim Anderson from Australia sent us a nice galaxy pic. His notes (click photo to enlarge): The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy lies approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. It will be about 14.999 million years before I […]

Reader’s wildlife video and photo

Tara Tanaka (Vimeo site here, and Flickr site here) is back with a lovely video of inter-sibling rivalry between two Great Egret (Ardea alba) chicks. Her description of this avian Frog Fight is below. Six days after videoing three young Great Egrets in this nest, I returned to find only two. The feeding process is brutal, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’re going to count astronomy as wildlife today, as it’s Honorary Wildlife®. These two swell Cosmos Photos come from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, and I’ve indented his notes. As always, click on the photos to enlarge them. It is the galaxy season in the Southern Hemisphere, which is to say that there are large […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Be sure to think of this site (and the readers!) when you have some good wildlife photos to send. I have a decent backlog, but, you know, posting once every day exhausts that pretty quickly. We have mixed media today, starting with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho. There are DUCKS! Everyone’s comments are […]

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 […]