Category Archives: Astronomy

Tuesday Tunes: Out-of-this-world rock band names

Listed below are band names (primarily from rock) that are out-of-this-world in nature. The most common terms are star (17), star (13), moon (13), sun (13), and space (7). Meanwhile Mars (8), Venus (6), Mercury (2), Jupiter (2), and Pluto … Continue reading

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Riding the rails of interstellar discovery at the Very Large Array

It’s hard to fathom that a mere 39 miles of railway track could deliver the entire galaxy to astronomers around the globe. But, when the cargo is limited to 230 ton radio telescopes being moved into position, then such a … Continue reading

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An out-of-this-world visit to the Very Large Array (VLA)

This past Thursday afternoon several of us had an exciting opportunity to visit the Very Large Array (VLA) in west-central New Mexico. Anyone who has watched the 1997 movie Contact starring Jodie Foster should be familiar with the VLA. More … Continue reading

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“Enlightened” city planning amid rural Iowa cornfields

In the film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s father asks him, “Is this heaven?” His response is, “No, it’s Iowa.” Well, to some, Iowa may just be their slice of heaven, especially those who reside in and around the City … Continue reading

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Applying facets of Vastu Shastra to address climate change

Vastu Shastra doctrine are ancient spiritual design priciples that can be described as follows: ‚ÄúVastu is the art of living in harmony with the land, such that one derives the greatest benefits and prosperity from being in perfect equilibrium with … Continue reading

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Building solar farms on closed landfills in Massachusetts

As the list directly below demonstrates, over the past decade more than 80 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have successfully turned their closed brownfield landfills into green energy producing “bright fields.” Acton Landfill = 1.59 megawatt solar array on … Continue reading

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Serenading flags worldwide that depict the Moon

As a follow-up to the previous post on flags from around the planet that depict the Sun, here is a list of those with the Moon on them. In nearly all cases, the Moon is depicted as a crescent shape … Continue reading

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Can certain cloud formations warn us of earthquakes?

This fascinating debate has been ongoing in the geology community for several decades. Using satellite imagery, retired Chemist Zhonghao Shou has found that certain cloud formations can foretell upcoming earthquakes with remarkable accuracy. Between 1994 and 2001 alone, his notifications … Continue reading

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The love of observing clouds

But, not just any clouds, mind you. The clouds this blogger loves to watch and appreciate the most are those of the American Southwest, particularly of the High Desert regions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Somehow, someway they … Continue reading

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“Project Hail Mary” – Science fiction at its very best!

I cannot express enough accolades about Andy Weir’s newest novel, Project Hail Mary. The book is simply outstanding. It’s one of those books that is hard to put down and you never want to end. I don’t want to give … Continue reading

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