Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Closing of IYA 2009 & All Good Things

When will the IYA 2009 closed? If one consider the IYA 2009 is merely a celebration, there should be a closing date. But, what is IYA 2009 anyway? Celebration of 400 years of Telescope? 5000 years of astronomy? Indeed, the ...

The Closing of IYA 2009 & All Good Things

When will the IYA 2009 closed? If one consider the IYA 2009 is merely a celebration, there should be a closing date. But, what is IYA 2009 anyway? Celebration of 400 years of Telescope? 5000 years of astronomy? Indeed, the ...

A New Dawn for Astronomy

Its the Christmas holiday season and as we draw to a close with the International Year of Astronomy there are already a milliion and one projects waiting to be brought off the drawing board to be put into action. This ...

Where is the Roman Watch Tower?

It is almost time to leave for Xmas vacations. Finishing up a few thingsĀ  and getting ready to leave to Italy. There are many aspects that make these holidays appealing. Among those, is an archaeological exploration foreseen for the first ...

Stellar Death

When I was close to the end of my Master in Astronomy at the University of Padua, I do not exactly remember why I decided to do my thesis work on Supernovae, under the supervision of prof. Roberto Barbon. So, ...

Seeing WISE

WISE is now in the Heavens Above orbit database. It will be favorably placed over Los Angeles on the morning of Dec 24, and I will try to observe it. You can get predictions for you own location ...

Internet video fail

I was trying to watch streaming video from KIPAC about the new CDMS results but the video froze at "Opening the Box" and stayed frozen until it came back on just as the Conclusions slide was taken down. So ...

WISE Launch

My WISE satellite launch December 14! I had to be in the MDC control room, and was told it was impolite to rush out at launch and watch the rocket go by, so I had to watch the TV ...

Some news of the planet Mercury from the AGU Fall conference

Fifteen days ago, I wrote a short post on this blog to let you know that I was flying to Cleveland, OH to meet colleagues interesting in space mission design. Without realizing it, this project has been taking over all ...

Stars older than the universe. How can this possibly be?

Wouldn't it be nice for a scientist to be able to proof everybody else is wrong? And if you are in astrophysics, why shouldn't you dream about showing that the cosmological castle is built on sand and you have found ...