The recent controversy regarding the administration’s opinion that fifteen-year-old and younger females should be able to go to a drug store and purchase emergency contraception, without a prescription from a doctor and without the parents’ knowledge, was set aside on April 5th by Judge Edward Korman, from the Eastern District of New York, who gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. More
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Tonight, April 20th, the evening was cloudless and “seeing” was quite good, meaning there was little moisture in the atmosphere. I began by using my Imaging Source 41 camera and my 6″ Celestron OTA to capture two avi files of over 2000 images. If you followed my last blog on Saturn, Registax software is able to stack, align, and select a great image. Below are two images of the moon at 76% waxing gibbous illumination. More
I am a simple kind of guy, who, when undergoing any project —whether it be taking astrophotographs, writing a blog on theology, or planting crops for our farm market — does a lot of praying. I think cherry, apple, strawberry and grape growers can relate as we enter the critical frost season. As a Catholic, Mary and the Holy Spirit are my go-to persons for help.
As winter was ending on the calendar, I decided, since we heat our house with wood, to build a wood shed with a floor of cement. More
I have been waiting all winter for weather conditions to clear sufficiently to image Saturn. Viewing Saturn is probably the best experience an astronomer can offer youngsters to get them interested in astronomy. Even for adults, the experience can be memorable.
The plane of Saturn’s rings changes over time. Not too long ago, the rings were hardly visible, so viewing the planet did not have the “wow” factor. Below is an example of images in their various stages, showing how the plane of the rings change. More
March 27th the moon was full, the sky was cloudless and the temperature was not unreasonably cold. By this time last year I was taking my ATV out to do some imaging, but this is still snowmobile weather. I did have a challenge beside cranking up the machine. The objects I was to image, though listed in the “100 Best Astrophotography Targets” by Ruben Kier, were small objects. What enticed me to image NGC 3718, 3729, and UGC 06527 was simply that I had never done so before, and the difficulty of imaging such small objects with a full moon not far away. More
Catholics around the world observe Good Friday with a liturgical form which includes the reading of the Passion, prayers for various groups and leaders, and the veneration of the Cross. In our area, it is common to precede the formal liturgy with the Stations of the Cross. This private/public devotion, which originated with St. Francis of Assisi, lists the stations as follows: More
On St. Patrick’s Day there was a double treat in the heavens. The moon was a waxing crescent topped off by the planet Jupiter. Unfortunately Jupiter will be ending its nighttime appearance come Spring. The calendar says the season is three days away, but the weather doesn’t seem to be taking advice from it. Forecast for the near future calls for 6-10 inches of snow, but tonight is one of the clearest this winter. More
It’s been quite some time since I posted a blog in astrophotography. There are so many reasons why. The last post was in January at http://blogs.record-eagle.com/?p=9726. I had begun the process of imaging in a different way. My goal was to make my observatory an all-inclusive one as to astrophotography and visual use. More
I must admit I am not a fan of NBC. However, recent actions by the network have me wondering where this outlet is going with its programming. In a recent Saturday Night Live episode three days after Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season, on NBC, Christoph Waltz hosted the program adding yet another “historical fantasy” to his résumé.
The only difference? This time, it wasn’t soldiers or a former slave exacting revenge — it was Jesus Christ. The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans. Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half. More