Heads Up (Literally!)

Over at A Sky Full of Stars, Tavi and Rob have a post about tonight’s ‘sunset treats’.  Head on over and read up on how to catch Mercury next to the Pleiades, the Hyades, Vesta and Orion Nebula, and four open clusters (M35, M36, M37 and M38)  next to the crecent moon!


New Blog: A Sky Full of Stars

Two of my online friends, Tavi Anne Greiner and Rob Keown, have started a new blog (new as of March 2009) called A Sky Full of Stars.   Knowing them (as little as I do) I would expect to see some insightful, inspirational, and thoughtful posts, as well as some beautiful pictures.

Best of luck with the blog, guys!  Keep looking up!

Carnival of Space #93 at The Planetary Society

The 93rdCarnival of Space is up at The Planetary Society Blog.

This time, in honor of Kepler’s launch we have a discussion of exoplanets, including a new Catalog of Exoplanets, discussion of Japan’s new H-II Transfer Vehicle, Space Tourism, Comet Lulin, restructuring of the Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39b, using nukes to lauch payloads, whether all of our junk in space amounts to an artificial ring, and more.

Exposing PseudoAstronomy

From time to time I stumble across a well written excellent site that really hits home for me.    Today I found the Exposing PseudoAstronomy blog.

The author,  Stuart Robbins, is a graduate student in astronomy, focusing on planetary geophysics.   His current research is in craters on Mars, and Saturn’s rings,  but his interests include planetary surfaces in general and astronomy education.

I find his writing to be tight, concise, and to the point.  There was a distinct lack of the histrionics that are frequently found on blogs, and only a little bit of sarcastic attitude (which he politely apologized for).

Good job, Stuart, and keep up the good work!