Category Archives: astronomy

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 […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have some odds and ends today, including some photos that have been in the queue too long. The tank of photos is dropping, so do send your good wildlife photos (remember, astronomy and landscape photos also count). Reader Barn Owl sent some bird photos taken in Japan I’m pretty sure that the bird in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs:

First up we have a rare astronomy photograph from reader Don McCrady: I submit for your consideration the following astrophoto.  It is called M13 (M for Messier), and is one of the finest globular clusters visible in the northern hemisphere, located in the constellation Hercules.  There are some 300,000 stars packed into sphere some 160 […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Here’s a melange of photos from several readers. The first two, of disparate subjects, come from Tim Anderson in Australia: This picture shows the Milky Way rising from the south-east of Mudgee, New South Wales. It is a 30-second exposure taken with a Canon 6D and a Samyang 14mm f2.8 wide angle lens on top […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Last month Robert Lang sent some lovely photos of hummingbirds, which have at last reached the front of the queue. From a recent trip to Costa Rica, we saw some beautiful hummingbirds at the Monteverde Biological Reserve and lower down on the slopes of Arenal volcano. At Monteverde, there is a hummingbird gallery with feeders set up […]

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