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 telescope time. This is a tedious but necessary task, since in my case if I don’t have data I can’t work (I don’t do theoretical astrophysics). The large observatories (Keck, VLT, Gemini) had the “great” idea to put their deadlines all together between mid-March and March 31, so all of us are in the final part of the rat race.

Borobudur Redux

The first day of spring
The first day of spring

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 my previous post; nonetheless, the trip might be an escape way from my tedious routinity, a pilgrimage perhaps. Been occupied, even haven’t time to write, even one single post recently. Now i can start over. Enjoy the pictures.

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 you may know, it tells the story of Hypatia, a scholar in the ancient Alexandria,

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 (piano, violin and cello). At some point a number of dancers appeared. The men with

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 show good image quality with at most a few percent of the pixels saturated. With last

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 list of WISE solar system discoveries shows that comets D1, D2 and D3 were all discovered by


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 will be talking tomorrow at 14:30. I am in the keynote speakers list, and I