May 092012
 
Annual Eclipse

On May 20, 2012, a rare and spectacular annular solar eclipse will take place for the Western half of the United States. Sadly, this Astropotamus is in the Eastern half of the United States and won’t see it. If you are interested in this annular eclipse, lots of information is available on the Internet. If you want to know more about what makes an annular eclipse special (and not an annual eclipse), then read on.

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May 072012
 
Lightning Strike

In playing with the new camera, I came across a particular fact of life as an Astropotamus:  I do not have night vision.  As a result of not having night vision, I cannot see in the dark without an external light source.  And if I shine a bright light in the dark, my eyes will stop being dark adapted for a while.  It’s then that you should avoid walking on a raised concrete walkway.

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