Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Just an FYI that I am moving the blog. I kept running into dead links among older postings. Rather than hunt-and-peck and fix bit by bit, I am in the process of moving to a new blog to make it easier to clean up dead links, edit as needed, delete posts that no longer apply and the like.

So visit me at Bernal Alpha. New posts! Old posts migrating! Special guests! (Well, not sure about that, but maybe!)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Howdy! Long time, no post. Lots of reasons: increased family stuff, much increased work stuff (coupled, oddly, with a decrease in staff...couldn't be a coincidence now, could it?). And, a desire/thought to reboot this blog into a new form (partly to clean up dead links, but also thinking of changes in directions and such).

Well, no time for that reboot. And after getting some plaintive e-mails (!) asking me what was up, I figured I'd get going again, at least until the start of the school year (when some of the family stuff should quiet down) or possibly the end of the calendar year (when I make a final decision on reboot/kill entirely).

Phase I: The Catch-Up! I'll start by posting all the missed APOD's an the like. Which means this will probably be pretty boring and very linky for a bit. But maybe better than radio silence?

Sunday, June 09, 2013


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short video showing auroral curtains over the skies of Norway.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Life is Strange When You're Flying in Stereo

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day will have you opening dusty drawers and boxes looking for your blue/green and red anaglyphic glasses for a view of Messier and Messier A on our Moon.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Cosmic Flyer

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 5302, better known (for obvious reasons) as The Butterfly Nebula.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Sidewise in Size

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a short video showing us how big is big. How big are the planets in the Solar System? How big is the Sun vs. other stars?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ring! Ring!

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, a nice shot of Messier 57 in Lyra (coming nicely into view for northern hemisphere viewers).

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Down These Dark Timestreams

For your amusement: the cracks in the canon of Dr. Who.

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a different sort of view of a very familiar place: Messier 42, the Great Nebula of Orion. A different perspective is given by using the light emitted from hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur, resulting in a fantastic "mess" of swirled gas.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Wheels on Mars

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows MSL Curiosity on Mars. A different view, from underneath, portrait of wheels and "Mount Sharp".

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Work Advice

Harlan Ellison helped this gentleman become "interesting", but the best bit is at the end.

“DO THE DAMNED JOB. Just do it.”
It's Full of Tubes

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day would be considered a bad special effect if seen in a film but this is a real thing: a roll cloud over Uruguay.