Friday, December 12, 2014

colourful Moon (Etobicoke)

Spotted the waning Moon with prismatic glow. A bright dot to the right, 5° away. Jupiter.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

from downunder

Katrina shared a photo on her Facebook page.

Looks like I'll have to start up a new tag... Or change the current one to booze.

added to the Ops

Invited Catherine and Mike to the Operations group. One I do control.


Later clarified for Michael all the Yahoo!Groups associated with the RASC Toronto Centre.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dob to Peter

Stu phoned me regarding the telescope to repair. Asked if it was OK to give the loaner Dobsonian to Peter. Makes sense. We live near each other.

afternoon dogs (Toronto)

Grace saw it first, as we drove west, a bright point in the cloudy sky to the right of the Sun. She thought it a rainbow. Tony quickly glanced at it. A sun dog. "Parahelia," I said. Produced by ice crystals. I had Grace check the distance. She had never heard of the measurement trick. It was more than thumb-to-pinkie. Yep. Twenty-two degrees. Then, when northbound of the 427, petting and calming Ben, I looked over my shoulder and spotted a bright one on the left. Dual dogs. Nice.

Friday, November 28, 2014

expanding the team

So far, I've heard from a few people regarding the double star project. Ian W, Chris, and Frank here in the centre. Ted and Bill and crew out west. Awesome.

smooth sky (Etobicoke)

A beautiful sky greeted me. Made me happy. I saw bright Jupiter near blue-white Regulus. I saw clouds boiling over the lake. No chance for Mercury for it is very near the Sun.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

soft Moon (Etobicoke)

Noted a fuzzy Moon on the endless journey home.

hell freezes over

ESA shared photos and an article, captured by the European Mars Express orbitor, on their web site. Entitled, Frost-covered Chaos on Mars, they described how their orbiting craft was able to snap images of carbon dioxide frost emerging in the Hellas Chaos.

It's gonna be a long cold winter...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

booked for next NOVA

Leslie reminded me of her previous ask. She'd like me to demo Stellarium in the NOVA class on March 3.

on council

It's official. With the acclamation of the slate for the RASC Toronto Centre, I am now a councilor. What have I done...

Photo by Sharmin.

I can't know

Paul asked me apply changes to the Council Yahoo!Group. I explained to him that I was not an administrator. I had handed over the reins a long time ago. He asked who was an owner. I pointed out that since I was not an administrator, I couldn't know for sure. I suggested he try asking Ralph or Charles.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nov-Dec missing

Told SkyNews that I did not receive the Nov/Dec issue.

Don't know what happened. Sent everyone the new address. But, somehow, data didn't transfer.

Into the ether. Again.

Shame. I need this issue for planning... I'll have to see if I can borrow someone's copy.


Both Phil and Peter loaned me theirs! Thanks!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mercury still up

Oh ho. I didn't realise Mercury was still visible! Learned, from the Procyon X app, that Mercury would have been a couple of degrees up! And still a negative magnitude. Huh. Perhaps, if I had looked harder, I might have spotted it...

thinning Moon (Etobicoke)

Flip dark winter chill. Spotted the thin Moon, as I left the house, about 10° up. Earthshine, again.

By the time I reached the bus stop, it was harder to see, in the brightening orange sky.

I wondered if anyone has modeled earthshine, how to predict it, the intertwined factors of sky darkness, the phase of our celestial neighbour, and our variant albedo.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ordered more

Ordered another box of RASC calendars. The office has very limited hours though...

clear and cold (Etobicoke)

Wow. Beautiful clear sky this morning. But chilly. Didn't feel like -1.

Looked for the Moon. Expected it to be further east. Yep. Lower. Thinner. Now about 2.5 days from new. Ooh, earthshine! Nice, treat.

Took a moment to seek out Jupiter. Higher than I expected but I found it.

Tried to spot Sirius. Got it. High but shimmering. Expected it to be brighter...

And then Castor and Pollux. Very high too.

And finally looked for Regulus. Finally tagged it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

old Moon (Etobicoke)

Damned cold. Some low clouds off in the east. Moon and Jupiter. Moon was pretty old. I guessed about 3 to 4 days from new...