Last night was the RASC star party at the Diefenbunker, and it was a perfect night. I haven’t heard the official counts, but there were about 15 ‘scopes, and over a hundred visitors. At dusk, before fully dark, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars were all visible, and being shown in most of the scopes. As dark came on most people switched to deep-sky objects. The sky was very clear, good transparency, and good seeing. It was also, finally, pleasantly cool, temp around 10°. A great evening. With luck, next weekend we might manage another sidewalk session too.
The Carp Star Party has been cancelled for tomorrow (Friday). Rain date is Saturday.
Astronomy is the oldest science and it reveals the most dramatic stories about the fate of the universe all all within it. But that’s no reason not to poke fun at it and astronomers.
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- The Four Observers A parody of a classic Monty Python Sketch.
- The Year was 2010.
- Hotel Mauna Kea Video parody about professional astronomers.
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- You know you’re a <x> when:
- Galaxy Song by Monty Python (got Flash plugin ?)
- Star Chart from Science Made Stupid
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