A Journey of the Imagination

Erik Wernquist, a Swedish computer animator, has produced a remarkably beautiful little film called Wanderers. A labor of love, Wanderers, which refers to the ancient Greek names for planets (wandering stars), imagines humanity’s eventual colonization of the solar system. It resonates nicely at this time when we seem to need as a people to dream…

What I’ve Been Up To, and Why…

I fixed the gyro that had my life briefly spinning out of control, and am back up and running. Bicycle Astronomy will start up again soon here in Geneva. The Bicycle Astromomy facebook page is already relaying useful content on bikes and telescopes (and their various uses) to a wider audience. And the twitter feed…

The Other Stars of the Titanic Tragedy

My wife and daughter and I visited the Titanic exhibition at the National Geographic Society yesterday, and on the way in we were interviewed by a local CBS radio reporter. I’m afraid we didn’t have that much interesting to say. We weren’t aware of any anniversary (at least, not that it was yesterday in particular)…

Excursion to Moab

My day job recently took me to Denver, Colorado, for a workshop and conference. When I first found out about it, I got a map and started looking at reasonable weekend excursions. I found that Moab, Utah was about six hours away. In eastern miles, that’s quite far, about the length of time it takes…

Astronomy and Clafoutis

One of my big goals for being an “Astro VIP” for the Park Service this summer was to do as much public outreach as I could. Well, I can safely stand in front of that “Mission Accomplished” banner without fear of later historical revisionism.¬†Astronomy outreach is a mixed skill set that involves¬†simultaneously¬†talking (which for me,…

Destinations and Journey, or, why am I in Utah again?

So I have arrived in Utah. Capitol Reef National Park is in south-central Utah. Though a sprawling park, it’s mostly overlooked by travelers rushing from the big letter parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches. I like places that are mostly overlooked by others…it always suggests to me that there’s really something of value there.…