Local veteran’s recollection comes full circle

Local veteran’s recollection comes full circle

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 9, 2019)  Last week my veteran’s recollection was a gut-wrenching loss of a friend who died at the Stuart Airshow while flying his OV-1 Mohawk. Now it seems most appropriate to close the loop with the “Good News” story of Mohawk tail number “926” because hers is wonderful story woven into the […]

Local army veteran reflects on recent airshow crash

Local army veteran reflects on recent airshow crash

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 3, 2019) When people thank me for my service (24 years), my response is normally, “Thank you; it was my honor.” Sometimes in my head I think, “If you only knew how awesome it was be a Mohawk pilot, to be associated with that mission!” On November 1, the Mohawk community of […]

Free Moon Viewing Event this Saturday at Rockwall County Library

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 13, 2019) Rockwall’s favorite NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, Max Corneau, will host a Lunar viewing from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Rockwall County Library, located at 1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane.  The talented Kevin Cobble, owner/operator of Z-Field Observatory, will guide the moon explorations. All ages are welcome to […]

Eclipse viewing at the Rockwall County Library Monday

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 20, 2017) The 2017 eclipse is upon us here in Rockwall. First contact is at 11:40 and last contact is at 2:40…that’s a fancy way of saying when it starts and finishes.  It will be darkest around 1:10:43.2 seconds…give or take a few microseconds (astronomer humor!) Most of my astronomy colleagues […]

Counting down to the Eclipse in Rockwall

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 2, 2017) Last month when I introduced the 2017 eclipse to viewers in Rockwall (see column here), I explained that our event will last from 11:39 in the morning until 2:39 in the afternoon.  The Sun will be in deepest eclipse of the Moon at approximately 1:09 in the afternoon, shortly after […]

Eclipse over Rockwall: Viewing event Aug 21

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 16, 2017) Astrodad (that’s me) is proud to announce that on Monday, August 21, the Rockwall County Library and I will present  a local event of the 2017 Eclipse Across America. Thanks to excellent support from NASA, I’ve got a great “eclipse kit” with safety glasses and information on the event. […]

Walking on the edge with AstroDad

ROCKWALL, TX (June 22, 2014) Gentle readers, I’ve been procrastinating over this column because I really wanted to capture an awe-inspiring image of our own galaxy, The Milky Way, to demonstrate that galaxies in our Universe share a common thing…..dust. That’s right – not only does dust abound under our kid’s beds, but it is […]

Trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

ROCKWALL, TX (March 24, 2014) Our family enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break in Huntington Beach, CA visiting my son and his lovely wife at their home. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2012, our son took a job at Boeing, working on America’s next manned spacecraft. I’m so proud of him. Since this column is […]

What you should know before buying a telescope for Christmas

What you should know before buying a telescope for Christmas

ROCKWALL (December 11, 2013) If you are a parent interested in purchasing a telescope for your child as a Christmas present, the Golden Rule is: DO NOT BUY A TELESCOPE AT A DEPARTMENT STORE OR BIG BOX STORE. If you are busy and/or don’t like to read very much, then you just have to read […]

Advice for those considering a career in space science

(ROCKWALL – October 14, 2013) If you are the parent of a high school junior or senior, or if you’re a student considering a career involving some aspect of space science, then please read this. Every year,  tens of thousands of  incoming freshmen enter colleges and universities intent on studying some aspect of space or […]

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