Category Archives: Space

Planetary Conjunction

Venus at bottom, Mercury at the top, Jupiter on the left, Earth in the foreground. Four of the 7 visible planets in one shot. We won’t see a closer grouping until 2026.

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Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

I am sad to hear of the passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong. There are many photos of Armstrong, but my favourite is this one take after the successful landing. Armstrong was a humble and private man, but the emotion displayed … Continue reading

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2012 Venus Transit

Today was my last day in Kansas City. Today was also the extremely rare Venus transit of the Sun. I had been planning to find someplace in Kansas City to buy welders glass #14 so that I could take pictures, … Continue reading

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Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

I’m in Kansas City (actually, Overland Park / Lenexa) for a 16-day business trip. We are doing field trials of a new solution for one of our most important customers. Today, my first Saturday in Kansas, I visited the Kansas … Continue reading

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2012 ‘Super’ Moon

Tonight was the ‘super’ moon, a full moon that occurs 25 minutes before perigee. It would be within 600km of the smallest possible lunar perigee (356,955km vs ~356,400km). I had some free time in the evening, so I decided to try … Continue reading

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Five Planets

This evening was a great night for astronomy, although it was damn cold. I could see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth and Jupiter, five of the eight planets in our solar system. This past week was the first time I really … Continue reading

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Temporary end of manned space launches

For the first time since the beginning of manned space exploration, there are no available spacecraft that can be used for manned launches. The US Space Shuttle system has been retired and the next-generation launch system will not be flight-ready for … Continue reading

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