Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Just an FYI that I am moving the blog. I kept running into dead links among older postings. Rather than hunt-and-peck and fix bit by bit, I am in the process of moving to a new blog to make it easier to clean up dead links, edit as needed, delete posts that no longer apply and the like.

So visit me at Bernal Alpha. New posts! Old posts migrating! Special guests! (Well, not sure about that, but maybe!)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Southern Skies

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day reminds us why I wouldn't mind living in the southern hemisphere.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The First Step

The Soyuz "ferry" for Expedition 36/27 to the International Space Station takes the first step to launch.

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day has us looking up in the sky. It's a bird! It's a dog! O.K., it's a bird and behind the bird is a sun dog!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Beautiful 360 degree view of the Milky Way.
Anti-Tail Grows

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a really beautiful shot of Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) as it moves into the outer realms of the solar system. Wonderful detail on the "anti-tail"!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lunar Glow

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day continues the lunar theme with a nice view of the lunar corona (you really never think of that associated with the Moon, do you?) over Cochem, Germany.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Moon...She Creeps

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day combines multiple images of the Moon into one sequence showing her movement across the sky.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Asimov at L5

Isaac Asimov "visits" the colony at Lagrange Point Five in this classic article from Modern Mechanix in 1976. If only...
Grand Spiral

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a beautiful example of Messier Object 109, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spiders in the Storm

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is from our Third Rock from the Sun, even if it doesn't look like it possibly could be. Red sprite lightning arcs down and splits in the billowing red and green curtains of an aurora. Amazing stuff.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a strange sight in the constellation of Monoceros, the Red Rectangle Nebula. The text provides some possible explanations for the shape and color. Let's just hope it isn't some cosmic bulletin board warming up for blipvverts.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Under the Blue Glare

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day a view of our yellow star in a different light. By looking at the light emitted by ionized calcium, we can get a better view of the current activity on the Sun, including some large regions of sunspots.