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.

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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The Last Total Solar Eclipse in the USA

I have seen references several times lately online, including an article in Popular Science, stating that the last total solar eclipse visible from the United States was in 1918. This is simply not true. There have been several total eclipses … Continue reading

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Einstein and Eddington

We had a free week of HBO so we decided to check out a couple of movies. The first was Einstein and Eddington, a BBC/HBO docu-drama about the relationship between Big Al (more appropriately, “Al Who?” at the time) and … Continue reading

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Earth’s Forests are “Diminished Imitations” of “Real” Trees

I want to be optimistic about humanity — I really do. But it seems like every morning I wake up to a new low in the annals of human stupidity. Let me make up an example. This may be believed … Continue reading

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Lies, extortions and threats

Lies, extortions and threats. How long must America endure such blatant and un-American activities from the White House and Congress? What can we do? I’m not sure what it will take. Some folks think I should just chill. See what … Continue reading

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"… a ginger cat having a fit in a bowl of tomatoes."

Is this how Mark Twain described a painting of English Artist William Turner? Because I am interested in the Sun, I have been reading  Chasing the Sun, The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen. … Continue reading

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