Category Archives: Astronomy

Christmas Tree Cluster

Blessings to all readers, friends, companions on this holy feast. Stars, keep the watch when night is dim One more light the bowl shall brim Shining beyond the frosty weather Bright as sun and moon together. (Eleanor Farjeon) Image credit. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hubble Cosmos

Upfront: I’ve been an avid reader of National Geographic since 1969. I usually catch up these days at the public library, as I never wanted to recycle their magazines. And those volumes get heavy as the years pile up. I … Continue reading

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The High Queen of Late Night

One of the first star patterns I recognized as a young lad was the “W” (or “M,” from another perspective) opposite Ursa Major (The Big Dipper) from the north star’s constellation, Ursa Minor. These days, a northern hemisphere viewer will see this … Continue reading

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New Looks At Old Moons

I reading where they’ve finally detected evidence of water plumes on Europa, an ice-crusted moon of Jupiter. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and W. Sparks (STScI)) Video here. Very cool, and not just because of a surface temp of minus-260 F. … Continue reading

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Totality: A Year From Today

A total solar eclipse is certainly on my bucket list. A year from today I will be off from parish duty and driving south into Oregon to see something I’ve wanted to see since I was a little boy. I’ve … Continue reading

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Visions of Andromeda

Some of my listening today: Symphony 48 of Alan Hovhaness. There’s a lot of familiar musical stuff here to the composer’s followers. Perhaps including his interest in astronomy, considering the subtitle: Visions of Andromeda. I wonder if he means the mythological … Continue reading

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Ignatius of Loyola and His Stars

Received an email from the Vatican Observatory Foundation observing today’s feast. It included this quote from his autobiography: The greatest consolation that he received at this time was from gazing at the sky and stars, and this he often did and for … Continue reading

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