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Another eclipse

Yesterday’s solar eclipse wasn’t as total as the last eclipse I posted about: http://wp.me/sHPnw-eclipse Unfortunately, I was on the road, didn’t have an opportunity to see the light filtering through the tree branches as before, and the roughly 40% lunar coverage  wasn’t enough … Continue reading

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Size comparison

Speaking of the Museum of Natural History in New York… This museum is home to manly large dinosaur skeletons.  But – it’s also home to a life-size model of an adult Blue Whale. After seeing the blue whale first, the … Continue reading

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Eclipse

What would a good science blog be without mention of last night’s breathtaking solar eclipse? I set up on my patio with a welding mask, a notebook and pencil and glass of iced tea.  The nerd in me says I … Continue reading

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Something changed in the western sky!

Take a look at the positions of the planets and the moon in this photo I took last week: Now compare to the photo I posted in my blog a few weeks ago: Notice anything different?  Venus and Jupiter switched … Continue reading

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Western Sky

Ask your astrologer friend what planets currently occupy the western sky after sunset.  Then ask your astronomer friend the same question. They both should be able to tell you the one lowest to the horizon is Venus, and the one … Continue reading

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The Colorado Plateau

From a geologist’s perspective, the Colorado plateau provides a unique exposure of millions of years of geologic history. From a layman’s perspective, it’s just beautiful scenery. The plateau encompasses the corners of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, and includes … Continue reading

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Back to normal

As I had previously mentioned in January, my ash tree had finally lost most of its leaves. Yet, it had already began sprouting this year’s leaves. I’m happy to report, that after a strong windstorm a little bit of cool … Continue reading

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Fall, finally.

It’s mid-January. The large ash tree in my back yard is finally dropping its leaves. This is supposed to be a deciduous tree that loses its leaves in the winter. But, every year it seems the date the leaves start … Continue reading

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Positive feedback systems

In a positive feedback system, the result of a process encourages the continuation and acceleration of that process. Positive feedback systems are common in nature, and their understanding is central to many scientific theories. Let’s look at two examples relating … Continue reading

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Lunar eclipse – epilogue

Imagine, if you will, an orange and gray misty sky. The gray comes from the clouds and fog; the orange from air pollution and reflected city lights. Now imagine a part of that orange and gray sky was lighter with … Continue reading

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