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Hooray, streaks observed in teeny weeny cloud chamber; William Phillips speaks at CSUB 39th Nobel Laureate lecture on laser cooling; Where is the coldest place in the universe
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well now that we are back to reality and have left behind the cruise ship mentality, we need to pick up some loose ends that have been left unfinished, such as setting up the teeny weeny cloud chamber, which we can report s...
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Hooray, used teeny Iphone telephoto lens to get Jupiter and moon, But will the accessory be useful?; Upcoming ISDC conference with Jeff Bezos
Greetings from Palmia Observatory This post covers some of the new success with the teeny weeny telephoto lens accessory for the IPhone.  We overcame the issue of getting longer exposure time and shutter release delay timer so that the IPhone is not vibrati...
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Wine tasting and Douro River cruise in Spain and Portugal; Dark skies but too cloudy for star gazing; Sampling the food, cork hats, ABC's and remembering the discoveries; Funicular physics
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well, we are finally back from our touring and river cruising in Spain and Portugal.  The weather was pretty cloudy and rainy so we didn't have much opportunity to take advantage of many of the very dark sky sites along the...
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Why is the solar corona hotter than the surface and non-stationary statistics? Trying to photo Mercury just after sunset; Fantastic new teeny telephoto lens accessory for Iphone
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well, ever since OCA and Griffiths Observatory Artist, Chris Butler told us at the OCA general meeting, in the What's UP segment, about Mercury going to be observable just after sunset this month, I was really excited and s...
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After Orange County Science Fair, Resident Astronomer does more study of cosmic rays; Have fun with your own cloud chamber
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well last week I was lucky enough to be one of multiple judges at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair in Costa Mesa.  This was my first time as a judge and I probably learned more from the middle school students ...
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Comment about detectability of planetary radio leakage; OC Science Fair and here comes da judge; We'll miss you Stephen Hawking!
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well the clouds are out in full force this week and it rains every now and then so nighttime astronomical observing is pretty much not going to happen.  So, get out your meteorology study books or just stay inside or in thi...
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Sirius Airy Ring Analysis; Brief summary of APS March meeting in Los Angeles; LIGO Nobel Laureates Thorne and Barish speak at UCI and APS; OCA general meeting on SETI; Curious cats?
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well this week and upcoming forecast shows just clouds and clouds and more clouds with some rain, so keep your scopes indoors and dry.  Luckily, I have been at the American Physical Society March meeting for most of this we...
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Using the lightweight Skywatcher to look for Airy rings; Quantum Studies workshop at Chapman University; Aharonov-Bohm effect and now Weak Measurements; American Physical Society March meeting
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well, I've been packing my bags for the APS March 2018 meeting, but wanted to try observing Airy Rings, so when the clouds parted this lazy astronomer, with a permanent observing dome, grabbed the lightweight tripod with Sk...
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Another Vandenberg Falcon 9 launch and photos; Summary comments from UCLA Dark Matter 2018 Conference; HIdden Figures in Julain; Say it ain't so, Lawrence
Greetings from Palmia Observatory Well, I just got back from the Dark Matter 2018 conference at UCLA and can offer a few comments on that topic.  But first, ever since we flew to Florida to see the launch of the Falcon Heavy, the idea of seeing another laun...
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Greetings from Palmia Observatory Contrails from Falcon 9 launch at Vandenberg as seen from 17th floor Los Angeles hotel bar (Source: Palmia Observatory) View from Anaheim Hills, composite of 9 video  frames of Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg (Source: Scott...
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