Category Archives: Astronomy

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Italian #43: Giovanni Schiaparelli

This year, my tribute to famous Italians has been heavy on the Science side, namely Astronomy but Dr. Schiaparelli is relevant due to the joint ESA-Russia Schiaparelli mission to Mars. Today is the day the probe makes its attempt to land … Continue reading

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Italian #38: Giuseppe Piazzi

With all the news about Rosetta landing on a comet after 12 years in space, I wanted to kick off with the person who discovered the largest asteroid in our solar system, or maybe it’s a dwarf planet now…Ceres. Back when I … Continue reading

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Universal comparison

Makes you think how small our world is and how immense the multiverse is theoretically given we can only “see” back about 13 billion years and change.

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Celebrating Scott Kelly’s return!

It may not have been in the news given all the Trump/Billary bullshit taking up the SCLM’s attention but astronaut Scott Kelly has returned to earth after being on ISS for one whole year. Big deal? Yes. We’ve never had … Continue reading

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Happy Leap Day!

Ahh, the somewhat weird event we have every four years because the Earth can’t follow the precision of a Cesium atom! I wonder how long it really took Astronomers and other related Scientists to figure out the compromise of getting … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice!

The “shortest day” of the year happened about 10:48 PM CST in Austin. What passes for Winter down here has begun. To all you who rationalize your generally crappy weather with “I’d miss the change of seasons” cliché, keep telling … Continue reading

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Italian #33: Giordano Bruno

This year we’ve covered an Italian who affected food/candy and another with art, on to Science. If you watched the new Cosmos, you may remember Bruno’s name. He was the Dominican friar who proposed that the stars in the night sky … Continue reading

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New Horizons made it and the new information is great!

I won’t deny being late to the party when it comes to all the Pluto hype. I’ve been busy taking care of my health and cleaning up affairs key to the maintenance of the Maggi Republic. I have been an … Continue reading

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This month’s theme is Pluto!

New Horizons will finally zoom by Pluto, get pictures and other data but I’m confident the whole planet debate will continue. As I’ve said before, I am with the ASU’s position of it is not. The loudest voices in the is camp … Continue reading

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Dr. Hawking “sings” Monty Python

Not the most well-known song by the Pythons but a favorite near the middle of The Meaning of Life. I love all the astronomical facts with it concluding on how we’ve beaten the odds…that we know of.

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