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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Great American Eclipse

Monday, August 21st, 2017

A peek at the eclipsed sun, clouds obscuring the view (click for bigger)

Wow what an interesting past few days its been. I got to see the eclipse! Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience its full grandeur.  My spot in Nebraska had persistent cloud issues and the very moment of totality a swath of low level clouds moved over the sun. Yes nearly the exact moment. Unbelievable. I saw the hole in the sky for just a few seconds. There was never a chance I’d see the sun’s corona in its full glory.

I have very mixed emotions as I write this tonight.

Happy experienced the approach of totality, the sun and moon slowly converging. The sudden darkness that fell as totality started and the surreal twilight like horizon all around me. The perceived shortness of the event (what! two and a half minutes can’t have just passed!).

Yet I’m also a bit sad I didn’t get to experience the complete spectacle, the sight of an eclipsed sun in a clear dark sky. I didn’t get to see the corona in its full glory nor any planets appear.

It will take me awhile to get over this. Seven years until the next American eclipse.

 

Full Moon

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Its the evening of August 7th and we’re just a few hours past full moon. Two weeks until the new moon and the big eclipse show. Thankfully it wasn’t today because cloud cover was an issue around 13:00 CST this afternoon:

ICT Infrared Satellite Image

Hopefully weather pattern will turn better in coming days. By better I mean return to normal hot dry conditions. Can’t believe I’m saying that with nice cool air right now

Dumb Shift of Time

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Tonight we shift back to standard time. In a few months when we start the Dumb Shift of Time (DST) think about this:

 

Star Dog

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Today I lost the best dog I’ve ever had. She happily spent nights outside with me as I worked the observatory or watched for meteors. For the past two years she came with me to the Okie-Tex Star Party. Lucy was a star dog if there ever was one.

Lucy lies on the grass listening to Chuck and I ramble at the 2014 Okie-Tex star party.

She was the finest dog I’ve ever have had. None have ever been more devoted than her. Whats funny is I didn’t pick her, a dear and special friend brought her home and Lucy chose me.

We’ve had almost nine years of fun and adventure. I’m deeply saddened by her passing but I’m glad it happened so quick. Just last night we were out back looking at the stars together, well, she was hunting around while I looked at the stars. Then all of a sudden, from this morning to this afternoon she slipped away.

We haven’t had much snow so far this year. Lucy loved being out hunting in the snow, like this from two years ago:

Lucy Hunting

Tonight around midnight the constellation Canis Major will pass over Lucy’s grave. She truly was the “greater dog”.

Update Thursday 1/22: I woke up without my companion. Last night a friend sent me the OTSP picture above

The first morning without my girl feels just as bad as the moment I lost her yesterday. Every morning for the past few years she was my alarm clock. The moment she heard me stirring she came over by the bed, her wagging tail thumping against the wall. She would nudge my arm with her nose. I always smiled, how can you not?

That Time of Year Again

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

..to bitch about Daylight Saving Time. Its my biannual rant against this stupid change. However, it seems some are thinking the same as I do. Several states are considering legislation to get rid of the time change. One state, Tennessee is actually considering making it year around. W.T.F?

As the allegedly American Indian quip goes, ?nly the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.?/p>
Couldn’t have said it better! That wonderful little saying I read just today from an article on Daylight Savings Time inIndian Country. Worth the read as its got some good informational links.

Summer Solstice: Solargraphy

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Today I took down the solargraphy canister that Phil Anderson provided me in 2012. For six months it captured the path of the sun across my back deck. The image above is from scanning the print paper, inverted in photoshop and contrast enhanced. Click it for a larger version. Pretty cool old school picture.