The Greatest “Amateur” Astronomer of All-Time (Synopsis)

“What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil in hand at the telescope. You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.” –Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto We often make a big distinction between professional and amateur today, and very rarely expect to find amateurs whose … Read moreThe Greatest “Amateur” Astronomer of All-Time (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: An Elliptical Rotating Wrongly, M59 (Synopsis)

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” –Dr. Seuss With 110 objects in the Messier catalogue, and 40 galaxies (more than any other class of object), you … Read moreMessier Monday: An Elliptical Rotating Wrongly, M59 (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: You NEED more science in your politics (Synopsis)

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”  –Frank Zappa I want you to think about your deep, personal convictions. Think about your values, the issues that you feel define you at your core, and your most … Read moreThrowback Thursday: You NEED more science in your politics (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: A Most Unusual Elliptical, M105 (Synopsis)

“The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points.” –Rudolf Arnheim It’s not every day that a nearby, well-studied galaxy turns your understanding of an entire class of common objects — in this … Read moreMessier Monday: A Most Unusual Elliptical, M105 (Synopsis)