All Blog Posts Tagged 'star' (10)

HR Diagram

rosettastone The Hertzsprung Russell Diagram is the "Rosetta Stone" of stellar astronomy and it's simple, very simple. So to put it simply, it's just a graph that plots lots of stars' luminosities against their surface temperatures. As simple as that sounds, it is the key to understanding stellar evolution.



In case you thought "Rosetta Stone" is some sort of educational software for…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 5, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Lightbridge Telescopes

A real light-bucket. Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian Surrier Truss Telescopes



A dobsonian telescope consists of optics which were designed by Isaac Newton in the 1660's, on a mount popularized by John Dobson in the 1960's. They say more than half of all amateur scopes are of this type and I believe it. Many people make their…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 21, 2013 at 2:05am — 4 Comments

Autumn Bliss

For those of us who could use the extra help. Capricornus the Seagoat

The name Capricornus has been shortened to Carpricorn by some folks. But that is a very recent thing, like only in the last hundred years maybe. Either way, it means Seagoat. And Seagoat is the oldest known name still in use for anything in the whole sky. People have been calling these stars the Seagoat for more than 7000…

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Added by Brad Snowder on June 15, 2013 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Summer Swelter

The fish gets bigger every time he tells it. Scorpius the Scorpion

In the scorpion we find lots of bright stars that make an obvious fish hook shape, especially when you ignore the claws that the Romans surgically shortened in order to make Libra. In fact some natives of the south pacific call this constellation "Maui's Hook." You see Maui is one of the gods in the lands down under. His…

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Added by Brad Snowder on June 8, 2013 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Spring Thaw

With great bangs comes great responsibility. Leo the Lion

The big kitty is one of the few real connect-the-dots sort of allegories. It makes a reasonable stick figure of an animal at least. The Chinese call it the horse. It takes some imagination. If you try to connect the dots you may get something that looks like a coat hanger after it's been used to unlock a car door. That's how I drew…

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Added by Brad Snowder on June 1, 2013 at 3:49pm — 3 Comments

Winter Beast

Did you know that the artist who made the Wall Street Bull was never paid? Taurus the Bull

Taurus is a bull, well half of a bull anyway. The front half. Actually mostly the head, with a shiny red eye. I think he’s been drinking. He’s charging Orion who appears to be perfectly prepared to defend himself from the assault. Orion also appears to have lost his pants but we don’t talk about…

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Added by Brad Snowder on May 26, 2013 at 5:48am — 7 Comments

Deep Sky Zodiac

The beaten path that the Sun appears to trod on its yearly trek among the stars is the oldest known method of mapping our way around the sky. So the Sun was the center of celestial attention even before people promoted it to admin of the solar system. That makes a lot of sense to me. I could argue (without much effort) that out of all the thousands of gods that people have ever prayed to for a little help, the Sun is the one that delivers the most tangible… Continue

Added by Brad Snowder on May 20, 2013 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Ten Commandments of Star Parties

Moving it ahead for daylight savings time was a real bitch.

  1. Shatter not the darkness at the site of observing. Man-made lights thou shalt eschew, save the faint of red.

  2. Thou shalt not illuminate thy headlights of thy automobile, nor the car door shalt thy open before the disconnecting of thy dome light. Even a match strucketh in haste is…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 6, 2013 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

I believe in Science Fiction - or - Religion in the year 4011 CE

My interpretation of the state of religion in the year 4011 CE. Seriously. ;)

In the beginning there was the great creator Roddenberry the Almighty, which himself put down in writing his greatest teaching in the Holy book of Star Trek within four short years ending in 1969 CE. The main protagonist of this story is the Captain Kirk, a figure which never miss an opportunity to act emotional instead of rational. Luckily, he is guided by the Holy Spock of pure reason.

This…

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Added by Arcus on July 12, 2011 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

Distant Origin

Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Origin, Season 3 Episode 23



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Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on April 18, 2009 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

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