Author Archives: Starman

About Starman

Cosmic Awareness Facilitator. Astronomy, space, physics, science, planets, cosmology, reason, logic, clouds, sky phenomena, the environment, dogs and other animals, and other interesting stuff.

Kepler Telescope Bids ‘Goodnight’ with Final Commands

Reprinted from the Facebook page of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (Boulder, CO)  On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth. The “goodnight” commands … Continue reading

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What your astrological sign tells about you

Nothing, except your gullibility if you believe in astrology. I have taught introductory astronomy at the college level for decades, and I know that there is a pervasive misunderstanding that connects astrology with astronomy. But let’s get this straight. Astronomy … Continue reading

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The Inverse Square Law

Or why nearby street lights are bright and distant streetlights are dim The Inverse Square Law is the mathematical description for how the brightness or intensity of radiated energy (such as light) varies with distance. In other words, it describes, … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Farce

Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday morning at 2 am for most of the US and Canada. As I have written several times before, this is an ill considered and costly practice that does more harm than good. Usually sold … Continue reading

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A Blood Red Blue Super Moon Eclipse!

The image here may be what some folks are expecting on Wednesday morning. Sorry. I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, but as Carl Sagan said: “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is … Continue reading

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Reflections of an Eclipse

Snappy title, huh? Actually, it should be, “Using a Mirror to View the Total Solar Eclipse,” but I thought that a bit dry. (Image of the McMath Pierce Heliostat mirror at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF ) If … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Eclipse Hype

Considering the absurd level of hype and some of the more ridiculous exaggerations and crackpot  claims of mystical silliness, I am sorry to say that I will be glad when the whole thing is over. Eclipses are amazing and beautiful. … Continue reading

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