Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Distant Mirror

While at the Hilton attached to the convention center in downtown San Jose, California, I saw a distant view of the Lick Observatory on snow-covered Mt. Hamilton (23 March 2009). The leftmost dome is the Shane 3 meter, while the rightmost ...

NAVIGATING UNDER DEEP WATERS

I have never been in a submarine, but sometimes I have the feeling I have navigated inside deep waters during long weeks. The feeling persists and it is recurrent. Normally, it come back in March... Because is the month when, almost, ...

A Montgolfière for 40000 pounds…

    You know by now that I’m very interested in hot-air balloons (or Montgolfière as they were called by reference to their inventors, the Montgolfier brothers who lived during the second half of the 18th century in France). I imagined them ...

Vernal Equinox on Borobudur – The Expedition

Borobudur, the name is well known as the Buddhist monument in Indonesian. It is one of world heritage that during the decade of restoraration (between 1973-1983) involved twenty-eight countries, and in 1991 included into the World Heritage by the UNESCO. ...

from AO to NGAO (part I)

Once again, it has been a long time I did not write anything on this Blog. I am about to fail on my decision to write 2 posts per week in average, so I need to catch up In January, I ...

He is crawling

He is 7 months old and crawling already! Such a nice surprise to come home today and see this skinny little baby - who was wiggling about on his tummy - has now figured how to pull his knees and ...

Future Spectroscopic Surveys

Earlier last week there was a meeting here at ESO, Garching regarding spectroscopic surveys. It outlined some of the currently on going and planned programs that will provide *alot* of spectra!! Since stellar spectra are what I work with, I ...

Students are back… Binary Asteroid projects

Dear readers, I realized that I did not post anything on my blog for a week. What was going on? Well I got caught in one we called a never-ending deadline series. Last week, I started my UC-Berkeley week giving a lecture-class ...

Unmanned spaceflight still means a lot of flying

I am flying off to be the Morgan lecturer at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas. I will speak about "Observing the Origin of the Universe" and about the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The Wilkinson Microwave ...

Titan exploration into the future

    We have finally recently found out which way things are planned to go for future exploration into the Outer Solar System. The decision from the two agencies (NASA and ESA) was posted on: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/20090218.html   As an extract: “National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European ...