by Henry Towers
March 22, 2014 | 1 comments
The night sky lures us, as it always has. Some of us answer its call more vigorously than others, but we all hear it.
On a few occasions, I accompanied a friend of mine to a desolate spot off Southern California’s Ortega Highway, where we set up his small telescope.
I would assist him as he would make meticulous adjustments, and then point his instrument to several interesting targets.
We would then spend several hours peacefully contemplating the universe, much as our ancestors have done for as long as we have been human.
Unlike them, though, we did not have to resort to inventing ... more »
by Hans Peter Tobler
February 21, 2014 | 0 comments
Dear fellow members: As a member of the Planetary Society team number crunching for Einstein@home I can proudly announce that my computer helped to discover the previously unknown 4.80 Hz Gamma Ray Pulsar J1932+1916 in data collected by the Fermi Gamma-Ray space telescope. The data were collected on 19 September 2011.
Given this example I would like to urge other Planetary Society members to join in the efforts of Einstein@home and SETI@home. There is significant chance that your efforts may lead to real scientific discovery!... more »
by Ben Haller
February 18, 2014 | 0 comments
As a child I always loved science fiction and my toys, as well as my favorite movies, reflected that intensely. Despite my love for space it wasn't until I was maybe 10 years old that I actually looked towards the sky.
Sure I'd seen the Moon and stars before but one night in particular I had borrowed my father's binoculars which were fairly nice since he was and still is an avid bird watcher. I decided to go outside and noticed a nearly full Moon was up in the high eastern sky. I went over to the hood of the car ... more »
by Larry Russo
January 30, 2014 | 0 comments
In the summer of 2002 I was invited to visit friends in SOCAL, San Diego and stay a week. I had access to a car and could wander as much as I desired. One of the many highlights of my week was driving up Mt Palomar Mountain to the Hale Telescope. I had no idea the dome was so huge. Once I parked the car I wished I could have stayed until nightfall, but I had to return by evening. I took many photos and got to go inside the dome.... more »
by Tyler Wooldridge
January 4, 2014 | 0 comments
In high school, I took an astronomy course in my sophomore year. Our class received a donation of galileoscopes from Dr. Heidi Hemmel who was in town. We put them together as a class and I found the experience very interesting. Later that night, I took home my telescope and pointed it towards the moon. As I looked at the craters and the highlands, I realized that I wanted to know more. Ever since, I've always had a profound interest in physics, astronomy, cosmology, and technology.
I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in earth and planetary sciences concentrating on physics ... more »
by Pablo Cafiso
December 17, 2013 | 0 comments
For me it was the man landing on the moon, on 1969... I have a memory- and very unusual at that, as I was only 1 year old- of my Dad with his camera on a tripod in front of our black and white TV set. And on the TV screen, the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. So, you could say I was almost born loving space hahahaha. Let's boldly go where no man has gone before! Cheers, Pablo.... more »
by Wylie Ott
December 16, 2013 | 0 comments
I started 7th grade in San Diego in 1954. Schools were sharing buildings in those days - my Jr. High had AM hours, and the Sr. High had PM hours. With both parents working, my afternoons were lonely and boring. I went to the library one day and found "Space Cadet" by Heinlein. Hallelujah! I became a sci-fi lifer (must have read 40 or 50 books that year). I saw Sputnik in the sky. I saw the moon landing on TV. I've watched it all - the highlight being 2001:A Space Odyssey. I'm a programmer - I never would have ... more »
by Kai Staats
October 15, 2013 | 0 comments
"The Explorers" - a film about passion, science, and stars. We live in an incredible time. This decade alone will see the upheaval and reconstitution of what we believe about the universe. At the same time science is bringing us into a more comprehensive understanding of the cosmos, school age children often lack that spark of the imagination which sets in motion a life-long passion for learning about the world around them. A single night with a telescope often opens one’s mind for a lifetime. When a speck of light instead shows rings, moons, or a glowing tail, the world ... more »
by Pari Spolter
September 5, 2013 | 1 commentsmore »
by David Kaplan
September 3, 2013 | 0 comments
Visiting York Minster in England, in July, 2013, I was surprised to discover that they have medallions called "bosses" on the ceiling of the Minster, with an astronaut theme. After a disastrous July, 1984 fire, they asked children to design replacement bosses. Rebecca Walsh, aged 6 at the time, designed a boss with a generic astronaut (L). Ben Kerslake then aged 8, designed a boss depicting Neil Armstrong and the American flag (R). These were on the high ceiling of the Minster, taken with a zoom lens.... more »
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