Category Archives: astronomy

The dark side of the moon

Have you ever seen the other side of the Moon? This is usually impossible, as the moon rotates at exactly the speed it orbits the earth, so we see only one side. However, a GIF tweet from NASA shows it wonderfully (click on the arrow to begin): h/t: Grania

Sunsets, Arizona

I have a whole passel of photos from Arizona, but the margins of this post are too small to contain them. A larger post will appear very soon. For now, let me just put up a few photographs of sunsets, all taken from the home of Mike and Karen Houle (Kelly’s parents) in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, between […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Yesterday we had three photos from reader Jon Meddings. I prepared this post with the rest of his photos, but he hadn’t yet sent the names and background information. Since he’s temporarily absconded to Europe, I’ll simply present the pictures and leave the unidentified species and subspecies to the readers. Alaskan brown bears (Ursus arctos alascensis): Alaskan […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

As per the new policy, we’ll have a shorter selection of photographs on Saturday because Caturday Felids counts as photographs! But today we have three nice space photos from reader Tim Anderson in Oz. Click twice (with a break in between) to see the pictures enlarged, and by themselves: This is a nightscape showing part of […]

Readers’ wildlife (and astronomy) photos

Today we have a nice astronomy picture, but first the beasts, a series (including SQUIRRELS) from reader and photographer Peter Moulton in Phoenix, Arizona: I’ve been hosting a lovely cold for the last couple of weeks (plant allergies seem to have taken over lately), so all my photography has been the low-impact type, at the […]

A Moonrise (and more) from Astro Sam

We have several bits and bobs for Monday morning. First,  Official Website Astronaut™, Samantha Cristoforetti, has a lovely new tw**t up (she tw**ts in several languages): I have to say that the various space programs have mastered social media—a great way to get public support for their endeavors. They even post YouTube videos from the ISS (see below). […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Three oddments today, the first a trio of rescue birds from reader Joe Dickinson (and yes, non-domestic rescue animals count as wildlife!): Didn’t know rescue birds counted as wildlife.  Here are three from the Sitka Raptor Center, Alaska.  First, a Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma), then a Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) and, of course, a […]

The eclipse with lagniappe: the International Space Station goes by!

Here’s a swell time-lapse picture and real-time video of today’s solar eclipse that fortuitously captured a transit of the ISS. Photo and video by Thierry Legault from the Real Time Eclipse Gallery. Legault’s words; I had to drive a lot trying to find clear sky, finally the sky was covered with thick high clouds but I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

From reader Gaurav Shah, a new contributer, we have a robber fly (species unidentified). Robber flies (also called “assassin flies” for obvious reasons) are in the family Asilidae; Wikipedia gives a curt but accurate description: They are powerfully built, bristly flies with a short, stout proboscis enclosing the sharp, sucking hypopharynx. The name “robber flies” reflects their […]

Aurora segues into sunrise

Filmed from the International Space Station, this totes amazeballs video shows the aurora borealis merging into a sunrise. The Washington Post gives more details: NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore captured this humbling view of East Coast lights as the sun was just beginning to creep above the horizon earlier this week. The faint, blue glow of the […]


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