Monthly Archives: March 2010

Telescope Time for 2010B – Spring is back!

Well, like last year the month of March is characterized by a drop in my Blog posting. I should remind those who are not astronomers that in March (and in September), we are facing all the deadlines to ask for ...

Borobudur Redux

One of my favorite place to visit is Borobudur, i never bored to visit & the last vernal equinox, i have an opportunity to return there. I will not write much about Borobudur, i have written much about it on ...

Ancient women in astronomy

Yesterday night I went to the cinema (yes, Lowell, in the end I made it...) and saw Agora, the last movie by Alejandro Amenabar (premiered in Germany on March 13). What does this have to do with astronomy? Well, as ...

Light pollution in Physics Today

A short one related to my previous post. A paper on light pollution appeared on Physics Today is now publicly available. If you are interested, you can read it here.

The curtain falls on CIE 2010

I finally find some time to report about the last day of the CIE conference in Vienna. Where was I? Ah, yes, the Gala dinner. It was very nice, accompanied by Strauss and Mozart music, plaid by three young musicians ...

Two trillion pixels

WISE has now observed the Galactic Center and is scanning into small positive longitudes. All of the frames near the Galactic Center have such a high density of objects that the automated astrometry pipeline failed, but the raw images ...

Way too late…

The Gala Dinner of the CIE conference is just over. And it is way too late to report anything sensible about the Circadian Cycle. See you tomorrow ;-)

A bright future is ahead of us.

The CIE conference started this morning, with quite a nice opening ceremony. An actor, impersonating no less of a man than Thomas Alva Edison, and holding a shining bulb in his hand brings us to the early times of electric ...

More Comets WISE

WISE continues to find comets and asteroids through its NEOWISE program led by Amy Mainzer. The latest and quite interesting comet found by WISE is Comet C/2010 D4 (WISE) which has a perihelion distance of 7.2 AU! My ...

Vienna

A short one. I arrived in Vienna some hours ago. Beautiful city! I am done with the presentation for tomorrow. The more I look at it the more I am convinced some people are not going to like it... I ...