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  • ‘Why Astronomy?’ A letter to my dad.

    You were asking why someone would spend billions of dollars on telescopes on earth when you could spend the same amount to put one in space. This video will tell you why. Plus, it’s a REALLY good/interesting documentary. You really should watch it… Here’s a quick visual description of spectroscopy. (Just glance at the pictures and you’ll get […]

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  • And all you are is a thought

    “It’s breathtaking to consider: You have two eyes, each composed of 130 million photo-receptor cells. In each one of those cells, there are 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) atoms – that’s more than all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. However, each atom in each cell in each eye formed in the core of a star, billions of years ago and yet, here they are today, […]

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  • Sharing

    One of the great benefits of being an amateur scientist/astronomer is that when people find this out about you, their curiosity will be piqued and sometimes you’ll get to have a little dialog with them. There’s no better feeling for me than getting a chance to discuss something I’m so passionate about with someone who is genuinely interested. Sure, […]

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  • Patterns Governed by Probabilities

    Remember the poster of the Periodic Table of the Elements in school? Those are all the different kinds of atoms that make up everything in the universe. There is a very small and finite number of them. To make something, you just put these atoms together in different patterns. Glass is made of silica, which is silicon dioxide, or one silicon atom and two oxygen atoms. […]

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  • Evolution and God

    Just because God made you doesn’t mean you don’t share a common ancestor with other animals. PLEASE hear me out for a few seconds – I swear I’ll make this as short and concise as I can so you’ll read it all… Remember the poster of the periodic table of the elements in school? Those are all the different […]

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  • Real Places

    I’ve noticed many people get bored fairly quickly while looking at astronomy pictures. They’ll take a quick glance at say, “Oooh, that’s cool…” then move on. I cannot fault them though. In order to truly appreciate these images, you must have a decent understanding of what it is you’re actually looking at. Many people are missing that understanding. But more […]

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  • Natural Prayers

    “Death is nature’s way of portioning out the energy, wringing the rag of energy dry, exploiting every ounce of vanished mass at the core of the sun.” (from: Chet Raymo’s “Natural Prayers”) It would be irresponsibly selfish of me – or anyone – to wish for immortality, to not want to die. My atoms are your atoms, my […]

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  • 2012-03-13

    66°F 9:45pm Yes, you read that right, it’s been almost 3 years since my last (written) entry. I wish I woulda kept more journal entries but I didn’t. There were SO many times I went out observing, just never documented it in this journal. Some of them I did put on my website but it […]

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  • One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my entire life:

    I love the contrast between the Universe’s beautiful, ‘natural’ creations, and the exposing of them by man-made scientific equipment and technology, ie. The Space Station framing the Earth below. APoD Explanation: “Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set […]

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  • “It’s just you and me, dad…”

    I was ‘upset’ with you because it was past 10 o’clock and I knew you were tired but you kept getting out of your bed – it was one of those nights. I stood by your door because I knew you would get up again. When you saw me through the cracked door, you knew why I was there so you ran back to bed. I tucked you back in again and told you that it’s ‘night-night […]

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