Is it dinner time?

Is it dinner time?

What is time? If someone owns an auto repair shop, they probably receive panicked phone calls at odd hours from family and friends asking to fix a broken vehicle. Similarly, doctors and lawyers are sometimes asked by family and friends for their advice on how to starve a cold and avoid a lawsuit, respectively. Amazingly, […]

Space exploration really is rocket science

Space exploration really is rocket science

Teach your children well Why are so many things seemingly falling out of space and landing on Earth?  If you have not asked this question in the past, you are very likely to start asking it by the 15th of January, 2012. By this date, the failed Russian spacecraft, Phobos Grunt, will have seen its […]

Part II: How to buy a telescope…

Part II: How to buy a telescope…

…and not be disappointed. Part II: The Telescope Tube  In part II of this story, we will address the optical tube, the telescope – the thing you put your eye in so as to see into space (stars, nebulae and galaxies, or near space, planets). (If you missed Part I, you’ll want to go here before reading […]

Part I: How to buy a telescope…

Part I: How to buy a telescope…

…and not be disappointed. Part I: The Mount Hopefully if you are one of those special people with a newfound interest in amateur astronomy and have gotten this far, you know the Golden Rule of Telescope Purchase.  For those of you starting here, the Golden Rule is: DO NOT BUY A TELESCOPE AT A DEPARTMENT […]

AstroDad’s latest: NASA launches Mars Science Lab

AstroDad’s latest: NASA launches Mars Science Lab

NASA successfully launches Mars probe two weeks after Russian Mars mission fails This past weekend, on Nov. 26, 2011, NASA launched the Mars Science Lab (MSL) in a flawless event that propelled the automobile-sized (mini-Cooper) spacecraft on course to the Red Planet, Mars. Named “Curiosity” by sixth grader Clara Ma, who competed in a NASA JPL […]

Earth’s recent asteroid encounter is closest in 200 years

Howdy!*  Looks like I’m the newest columnist here at the Blue Ribbon News. Our family is into our second decade of living in Rockwall and I’m very passionate about astronomy.  Since my personal mission statement (it’s on my astrodad website so it must be true) is to elevate the human condition by increasing our sense […]