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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Nov 222011

Throughout the ages, Orion has played a prominent role in astronomy.  The Pyramids are said to be aligned with its belt, though most Astropotamuses don’t believe this.  The Orion Nebula (the middle “star” of his belt”) has been a form of eye test for thousands of years.  And my favorite, it signifies the return of cold, dark, clear winter skies.

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Oct 032011

When its time to change, you’e got to rearrange.
-The Brady Bunch

Mrs. Astropotamus has changed. And she’s rearranging. Luckily, the change is a good one and the rearranging is for the best.
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Sep 262011


Noun: A very hard, granular, crystalline, intrusive igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone.


Noun: A break or hole in an object or between two objects: “he came through the gap in the hedge”
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Sep 142011

Today, we’re going to pretend we are a photon of light, rather than looking at photons of light.  This lets us take a break from time traveling for a minute and spend some time talking about what happens to light when it goes through the Time Machine and ends up on the sensor of our camera. Continue reading »