Brad Snowder's Blog – January 2014 Archive (3)

Aurora

Peacock Aurora - photo by RL.Dietz Aurora is a pretty thing, a real pretty thing.

If you haven't seen it, and want to, I'll tell you how. Call your local astronomy club. Those geeks will go on and on about it, and put you on a list to be called if someone sees it happening. You have to agree to receive the call at anytime of night because this stuff is very unpredictable and may only last half an hour…

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Added by Brad Snowder on January 26, 2014 at 12:03am — No Comments

Asteroids

asteroid The majority of asteroids are just silly little rocky bits of junk between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, the crumbs that fell from the plate as those planets were served up on the solar dinner table. This crumby region is known as the Asteroid Belt.

[insert suspender joke]

There are other tribes of asteroids gathered here and there. For…

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Added by Brad Snowder on January 18, 2014 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Analemma

analemma on globe 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? Well yeah, maybe. Or maybe not. It probably has something to do with those pesky ancient Babylonians and their obsession with overwrought symbolism. Somehow they got onto a kick about how magical the number 60 is, and how that divides nicely by 12, and then some of the grain stock got wet and smelly, and well I think you can…

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Added by Brad Snowder on January 12, 2014 at 11:07pm — 3 Comments

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