Category Archives: Astronomy

Astronomical metro areas


The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!


Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

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Volcanic Earth eye-candy


Here’s a marvelous satellite photograph of the awakening volcano on Cape Verde’s Fogo Island from last month. Kudos to NASA for the great pic!

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Not a desert mirage, but more Earth acne


No, it’s not a mirage. This satellite image below is of the (nearly 21 square miles!) borate/borax mine near Boron, California. As impressive as it is from space, the image clearly shows the alterations to the natural desert landscape resulting from the … Continue reading

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“Interstellar” is indescribably awesome!


Kathy and I saw Interstellar last night. This science-fiction epic is so good that a description cannot and should not be compartmentalized into a blog post. The cast, including a surprise un-billed guest appearance, were superb, the visual images were … Continue reading

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Six days, six lovely sunsets


Below are a series of six lovely sunsets taken this past week (Monday thru Saturday) at Lake Wawasee, Indiana.  

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Can you guess the city, #31?


Congratulations to Motorvilleboy correctly identifying City #30 first. Below is an impressive satellite image of City #31.

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Can you guess lucky city #13?


Don’t worry. In the city shown below, the number thirteen is often considered to be lucky. Unfortunately, I could not locate a suitable larger image. Congrats to Motorvilleboy for being the first correctly identify City #12. Good luck to all with … Continue reading

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Can you guess these cities, #7 and #8?


This next one (actually two) I think will be tough. Below is a satellite image of two major cities that are located in close geographic proximity to one another. Because the names of the cities were in the URL, clicking on … Continue reading

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RUN…don’t walk to see “Gravity!”


No review here other than to say, GO SEE GRAVITY IN 3-D! It is simply outstanding, as is the acting by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Definitely, Gravity is cinematic treasure that breaks amazing new ground in filmmaking. I can … Continue reading

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