Today I am in Chile at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. I have been having a great time touring and doing night photography and observing (my camera is outside snapping shots for a timelapse I hope to put together tomorrow). I am sure I will post lots of pics and several blogs, but wanted to get tonight's sunset posted. The Pacific Ocean is to the west and you get great temperature gradients when you look down from the top of the mountain over the cold Pacific Ocean. Lots of great effects tonight. Here are three of my favorite pics.
First look closely at the top limb of the Sun for a hint of a purple flash. I have never recorded purple so early in a sunset.
Next, you can see a nice strong green flash at the top of the Sun.
Finally, there was this completely crazy thing that happened with multiple simultaneous green flashes, very strong ones.
Don't even ask me how that happened!
Finally, the same atmospheric processes that create these sunsets are also present at Moonset. Tonight the Moon became very distorted as it set.
I really wasn't quite prepared for that and missed a great pic. I was watching the Moonset on liveview on my camera and saw a green flash FROM THE SETTING MOON! Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to capture it. I will have another chance from CTIO tomorrow night and will be ready!
It is late and getting cold and I am getting tired, so other posts will have to wait until tomorrow!
So, money was allocated to internet service providers to expand and upgrade our country's internet service, but they did something else with the money, maybe, or it just disappeared. I've heard numerous times that overseas internet connection speeds far surpass ours.
The Journal Times won't allow the word "gay" in their online comments. It's considered a profanity.
Sometimes living in Racine is like living a hundred years ago. "Gay" is the word that homosexuals prefer. There is nothing profane about it. Of course, the Journal Times just keeps censoring the truth and publishing lies.
Hello, my damp dears.How are you?A lot of our snow is
melting.That’s too bad because the
ground is still frozen and the moisture just runs off to the sewers.The runoff may be good for Lake
Michigan levels, but we’ll need a lot more rain and snow to take
care of that.I sometimes wonder about
the snow piles that the city puts on the lakefront to melt in Pershing
Park.I would think there would be road salt, oil,
coolant, and other contaminants in the snow, leaching into the lake.
This coming Sunday, March 17, is Saint Patrick’s Day.On Saturday, March 16, there will be a Saint
Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown.Erin
I look forward to seeing all of the Irregulars at the
upcoming gathering (except for Ms. B(rawny)L(egs) Basketcase).I predict that a great time will be had by
all.See you there.
Next up, my dears, is a video entitled “Saint Patrick's Day: celebrating a life of
mission.”At no time does it mention
beer, green or otherwise.
Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.You’re always welcome.My favorite part of the week is now my
blog.Here I can be myself without
worrying about pretense and profits.You’re
the ones who make it happen.
Daffodils, even early tulips, are sprouting near
foundations.Let’s hope that we don’t
get another killing frost after so many plants have started to bud.Mid-March approaches and we’re still battling
snowstorms.Oh my.Be careful out there.March winds can blow you over on ice.Do the mincing steps.Sapidity!
I was out again tonight...and Comet PanSTARRS brightened a bit from last night. Tonight it was visible to the naked eye for a while...fairly easily as well. If you haven't seen it yet, try tomorrow night when the comet will be just above the crescent Moon. Unfortunately, I will be traveling but will try to get photos on my layover! Yes, I am that determined!
So here are a few shots from tonight...you can see a plane passing through a couple of them.
Take a trip to the harbor or the marina and you may find a few of these.... Common Mergansers
A migrant from the north, the Common Merganser finds themselves paradise in the frigid open waters of Lake Michigan. Preferring to be farther away from the shore than the other ducks, the Common Merganser dives frequently into the water in search of fish and molluscs, capturing its prey with its saw like beak.
Easily mistaken for its close relative, the Red Breasted Merganser, the male Common has a green head with a scarlet bill with a CREAMY white belly and undersides and a black back. The male Red Breasted has a spiky crest on the back of its head. The females, however, are a little more difficult to decipher. Both female of the species of mergansers sport a shaggy red crest and a slate grey back , BUT the female Common has a white chin strap while the Red Breasted lack it.
During migration, I've seen literally hundreds of both kinds flying in the distance over the lake, using a friend's scope that is... There are times they will get close to the shores to feed.
The top picture of the male was taken at the Pugh Marina on 2/14/2013 and the female on the bottom was taken at the same place on the 1/3/2013. The seem to hang around the marina quite a bit....
"Party On Gear features the Hand Lettered look that has been banned by
City Hall and is strictly VERBOTEN! Keep away from all store front
windows. Whether you're avoiding crumbling buildings, criminals, or the
potholes in Racine, be sure to steer clear of City Hall's SWAT*. Store
Window Aesthetics Team. Let City Hall know you are on to them."
You may have heard about a Comet Pan-STARRS gracing our evening skies. It has been visible in the southern hemisphere for a couple of weeks now and is finally moving into the northern sky (if you can envision a comet approaching our solar system from below, that's roughly what is happening and now is is moving above the plane of our solar system so it is becoming visible from the norther hemisphere).
Tucson has been pretty cloudy for several nights in a row (I first looked for the comet last Monday without success then the clouds rolled in). Today the skies were clear and I was able to get the comet. It was not visible naked eye but it was easy in 8x42 binoculars. I am testing a pair of 22x100 binoculars this weekend for work and it was really nice through them!
Of course I had my Canon 60d out and the best pics were zoomed in with my EF 70-300mm lens. Here is what the comet looked like.
Today was the comet's closest approach to the Sun which is when they are usually brightest. However, it won't instantly disappear from the sky although it will start fading over the next week or so. A great time to look is Tuesday night (March 12th) when the comet will be near the crescent Moon. You probably want to start looking about half an hour after sunset and the comet will set about an hour after sunset. Find a clear western horizon to maximize your chances.
Unfortunately, I won't get many more chances to see it. Tuesday I leave for my first trip to our observatory in Chile! I have looked at my flight and if it is on time, I will land in Dallas right after sunset and will have to find the top of parking garage or something to try and see it between flights. In Chile, the comet will not be visible (but I might get to see another southern hemisphere comet, Comet Lemmon!)
Two weeks ago, Biggie D and I were at The Icehouse in Punta Gorda, Florida. After one of their fabulous burgers and a pilsner, we left. As I walked to my truck, I spy a white car with a WI personalized license plate. MRS. TOAD.
Yesterday, I'm exiting my favorite grocery store, Publix. Yes, that's its name. Anyway in front of me is this white car....yep, Mrs. Toad again. I think she's hanging out in all my favorite haunts.
Today, Biggie and I have to pick up a couple things. Will she be popping up again?
Time Will tell. Oh, and she was at Bocca Lupo's on Thursday night too. Saw that darn car there as well.
You guys send a spy down here?
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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