My meteor shower first aid kit
Waiting for moonset on Perseid night 2010, observing from Amboy Crater, CA
Notice elevated rates from August 7th-15th, and a secondary peak on the 17th, and the 20th?
Here’s what you can expect to see from a dark sky observing for several hours like the 2010 Perseids which [...]
The day before launch – Atlas V in 551 configuration (5-meter payload fairing, 5 solid rocket strap-ons). Under the fairing is a Centaur second stage and Juno.
Launch 12:25 p.m. EDT August 5, 2011
Bound for Jupiter – a plume sundial. You can tell the time of launch by the shadow of the plume [...]
A room with a view – overlooking beautiful Jones Street
Chippewa Square, location of Forrest Gump's bench scenes
Back in November 2010 I took a micro-vacation to Savannah, Georgia. Even though my visit was less than 24 hours long, I packed a lot of sightseeing into my short visit. I was traveling from Atlanta, Georgia, [...]
Red Willow Dreamcatcher with Big Dipper and Milky Way
The Fisher Stars, painting courtesy of Edwin Bighetti, Mathais Colomb First Nation
Wesakaychak Pointing – courtesy of Edwin Bighetti, Mathais Colomb First Nation
In March 2010, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre’s annual Science and [...]
Map of Manitoba showing Winnipeg, Nelson House and Churchill
RASC Ron Berard and Guy Westcott at speaker dinner before my RASC talk
my school talk at Otetiskiwin Kiskinwamahtowekamik K-8th school in Nelson House
Churchill, Polar Bear Capital of the world, on Hudson Bay
In early November 2010, I embarked on a wonderful ten-day speaking tour [...]
Once a year the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers pack tents and telescopes and caravan to Black Canyon Group Campground in Mojave National Preserve, an hours drive from Amboy Crater and about 3 hours from home.
Once the tents are pitched we put on a star party with assistance from the National Preserve staff, leaders of the [...]
Unique vehicles abound at JPL
I saw this car parked in front of my building at JPL last week
Checking out the Tesla’s trunk
Back at work after my 20 minute Tesla drive
Nikola Tesla’s laboratory, circa 1900
My favorite sign at JPL is this Rover Xing sign.
It is not unusual to see [...]