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Ray Sanders

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Contrary to popular belief, I did not destroy 3/4 of a star system... more like 5/6 - it's not an exact science.

Occupation: Astronomer / Systems Engineer

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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych472,322*March 14, 2015 9:26:53 will be epic.* Why? 3.141592653 = π Take advantage of this day to spread some love of math and science. Teach something, share something, learn something, or read something!Pi Day!2015-03-14 14:26:00568  
CosmoQuest42,634Schedule: http://cosmoquest.org/x/hangoutathon-36-36-fundraiser/2014-hangoutathon-schedule/ Donate now: http://cosmoquest.org/x/hangoutathon-36-36-fundraiser/ More info: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/04/hangoutathon-and-36-36-fundraiser/The CosmoQuest 2014 Hangoutathon2014-04-26 17:00:00214  
Fraser Cain992,132Join me and a team of space scientists and journalist to talk about the space news of the week. I can't be sure what we'll be talking about, but I suspect it'll include waking up Rosetta, ice plumes on Ceres and the supernova in M82. We'll have two special guests, +Ray Sanders will unbox and try to build the new Curiosity Rover LEGO model during the show, and we'll also have the designer of the kit, +Stephen Pakbaz on hand to talk about how it came to be.Weekly Space Hangout - January 24, 20142014-01-24 21:00:0092  
Fraser Cain992,132Weekly Space Hangout - December 20, 20132013-12-20 20:40:3341  
CosmoQuest42,634YouTube link Part 8 http://youtu.be/Qe9WqjEwAFU *TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest! http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donate Event links for... Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8 Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0 Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.   The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs.  Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).   CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education. #hangoutathon  The CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00315  
CosmoQuest42,634*UPDATE*: Greetings from Austin, everyone! I'm afraid we won't be able to run our usual Weekly Space Hangout this week. The crowd for SXSW is HUGE and we just won't be able to find a semi-quiet spot with awesome internet to broadcast from. In addition, many of our space journalists who are not at SXSW are otherwise occupied this week.  HOWEVER! We are taking photos and video to share with you all in real time as we can on Google Plus and for post-production. Our team on the ground is: @110701307803962595019, @109036978092446954908, @109479143173251353583, @117494594159696687799, and +Kortney Hogan. We'll share from the +CosmoQuest page all the fun as well. ALSO, @109479143173251353583 and @111723545767173542935 are planning some live Hangout events as space, time, and bandwidth are available. Though we won't have the usual weekly news round-up, they will be sharing the NASA SXSW experience with you all. Follow both of them for updates! See you next week at our usual time and place.  #WSHSXSW   #HangoutsOnAir   #SpaceHangout   #SpaceHangoutSXSW  Weekly Space Hangout -- SXSW Edition - CANCELLED2013-03-08 13:00:0038  
CosmoQuest42,634Join +Fraser Cain and our rotating round of space journalists and aficionados as we round up the last week in space news. Weekly Space Hangout2013-03-01 21:00:00160  
Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer)106,329I will be discussing both the Russian meteor and the near miss by asteroid 2012 DA14 as it passes the Earth. Ask me questions! I'll have video and pictures, too.Asteroid 2012 DA14 Nearmissapalooza2013-02-15 20:00:00373  
Google Play9,797,066Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, two of film’s biggest comedy stars, are now its most unexpected interns in their new movie, “The Internship.” Join Vince and Owen in a live Google+ hangout hosted by Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, February 13 at 11am PT to get the inside story about their latest comedy and be the first to view the trailer.  For a sneak peek at what’s in store, check out Vince and Owen in the video, and submit your questions for the comedy duo using #TheInternshipHangout with Google Interns Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as they debut “The Internship” trailer, hosted by Conan O’Brien2013-02-13 20:00:0010912  
Billy Wilson1,549,960Thank you guys for all of the support during my weekly G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 ! The show is one of the longest running on G+ and brings together a variety of the most interesting people on G+ for a hangout! This week we're joined by some photographers including Photographer @104723167398398004122; Photographer @113847951893881070422 who'll be talking to us about the @104223664080828255303; Photographer @113395912577264627875 who'll be talking to us about the @106283783252555220893; and our special musical guest will be @113249697464941249341 ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". @111188574736819390850 loves to share screenshots of himself posted to the event!  You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW Variety Show #37: Photography and Community Projects with Live Music from Cecilee Linke ! (On Air Hangout)2012-12-15 04:00:0094  
CosmoQuest42,634Join @102372690636453052676 and @109479143173251353583 for a roundup of this week's most important space-related events, Carl Sagan Day and the Total Solar Eclipse as seen from Cairns, Australia. Get your cosmos and apple pie and join the discussion!Science Hour with Scott and Nicole - Sagan and the Eclipse2012-11-15 01:00:00127  
Fraser Cain992,132Join us once again for another trip to visit the furthest reaches of the Universe. A hardy team of dedicated astronomers will set up their scopes and journey from object to object. We might get a waning Moon, a rising Jupiter and lots of other deep sky objects. We'll even take requests. Because evening arrives earlier, we're able to start earlier, so make sure you doublecheck the start time. If you want to be notified each week about our star parties, make sure you circle @100902337165997768522 on Google+ #vsp-nov4Virtual Star Party - Nov. 4, 20122012-11-05 03:00:00490  
Fraser Cain992,132Join us for a @100902337165997768522  Every week we connect up a bunch of telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and broadcast our view of the night sky. What will we be able to see? We're moving into the Fall constellations now, so many of the bright galaxies like Andromeda and M33 will be visible. It'll be a big bright Full Moon on Sunday, so... there's that. Maybe Jupiter? We'll get started once it gets dark on the West Coast. If you love these star parties, make sure you circle @100902337165997768522 on Google+. Then you'll get an invite each week. #starparty-sep30 I've attached last week's star party so you can get an idea of what this is about.Virtual Star Party - Sep. 30, 20122012-10-01 04:30:00625  
Fraser Cain992,132Join us for a weekly roundup of breaking space news from a dedicated team of space journalists. We may or may not talk about: - The space shuttle Endeavour's transfer to California - Curiosity's analysis of the rock "Jake" on Mars - NASA's plans to build a base beyond the Moon - The possibility that Comet ISON will be the brightest in living memory - A new stratospheric freefall attempt - The Milky Way's galactic halo - The new Hubble eXtreme deep field survey ... and other space stories as they develop. I've attached last week's episode so you'll see what this is all about.Weekly Space Hangout - Sep. 27, 20122012-09-27 19:00:00259  
Fraser Cain992,132*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00425  
Fraser Cain992,132It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00108  

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2013-05-20 01:25:34 (411 comments; 1,777 reshares; 3,222 +1s; )Open 

Apparently this is what happens when you mix toothpaste potassium iodide, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide? Can any chemistry folks confirm/deny?  

Update: This is known as "Elephant Toothpaste" in chemistry circles.  http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/elephanttooth.htm
 
#sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #donttrythisathome   #donttrythisatschool  

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2013-05-20 01:25:34 (411 comments; 1,777 reshares; 3,222 +1s; )Open 

Apparently this is what happens when you mix toothpaste potassium iodide, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide? Can any chemistry folks confirm/deny?  

Update: This is known as "Elephant Toothpaste" in chemistry circles.  http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/elephanttooth.htm
 
#sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #donttrythisathome   #donttrythisatschool  

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2013-05-20 01:25:34 (411 comments; 1,777 reshares; 3,222 +1s; )Open 

Apparently this is what happens when you mix toothpaste potassium iodide, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide? Can any chemistry folks confirm/deny?  

Update: This is known as "Elephant Toothpaste" in chemistry circles.  http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/elephanttooth.htm
 
#sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #donttrythisathome   #donttrythisatschool  

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2015-09-29 01:39:25 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Note to JJ Abrams: THIS is how you do lens flare...   #supermoon   #lunareclipse   #photography  

Note to JJ Abrams: THIS is how you do lens flare...   #supermoon   #lunareclipse   #photography  ___

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2015-01-23 04:21:08 (17 comments; 249 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

Anyone who has ever gotten into backyard astronomy, or even professional astronomy knows this is true!
#scienceeveryday   #scienceiscool   #astronomy  

Anyone who has ever gotten into backyard astronomy, or even professional astronomy knows this is true!
#scienceeveryday   #scienceiscool   #astronomy  ___

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2014-05-28 18:27:46 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Take a look, it's in a book!

+Levar Burton just launched a #kickstarter  campaign to relaunch #readingrainbow  on the web.  Pretty much anyone under the age of 35-40 has fond memories of Reading Rainbow, so I expect this kickstarter to be WILDLY successful.

But don't take MY word for it, check out the link below. ;-) 

Take a look, it's in a book!

+Levar Burton just launched a #kickstarter  campaign to relaunch #readingrainbow  on the web.  Pretty much anyone under the age of 35-40 has fond memories of Reading Rainbow, so I expect this kickstarter to be WILDLY successful.

But don't take MY word for it, check out the link below. ;-) ___

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2014-05-22 19:51:21 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Comets, Asteroids, and Meteor Showers, oh, my!

Lately I've been asked "how do you discover asteroids and comets?"

The process is rather simple, and made easier through the use of digital imaging and computer processing.  My group takes several images in an area of the sky, and then we overlay the images, using the background stars as a guide.  

Anything that is moving against the background stars in certain directions and velocities is flagged by our system as a potential object. The software isn't 100% accurate, which is where us astronomers come in. We review these images real-time and sort out what's real from what's not. 

Speaking of meteors, asteroids, and comets, there might be a new meteor shower this saturday morning. - Look due north just after midnight local time. We might be in for a treat!

*PS the objectbe... more »

Comets, Asteroids, and Meteor Showers, oh, my!

Lately I've been asked "how do you discover asteroids and comets?"

The process is rather simple, and made easier through the use of digital imaging and computer processing.  My group takes several images in an area of the sky, and then we overlay the images, using the background stars as a guide.  

Anything that is moving against the background stars in certain directions and velocities is flagged by our system as a potential object. The software isn't 100% accurate, which is where us astronomers come in. We review these images real-time and sort out what's real from what's not. 

Speaking of meteors, asteroids, and comets, there might be a new meteor shower this saturday morning. - Look due north just after midnight local time. We might be in for a treat!

*PS the object below is a real object. 

#camelopardalids   #meteorshower   #nasa   #nasasocial   #scienceeveryday   #comet_209p_linear  ___

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2014-03-31 00:24:36 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

Damn.  +Dirk Talamasca was one of the first people I circled on Google+, along with +J.C. Kendall - Both gone before their time. 

I'll raise a toast to you Dirk. #RIPDIRKTALAMASCA   #sundaysadness  

RIP +Dirk Talamasca, you helped make my experience on Google Plus as well as thousands of others amazing!

You will be missed my friend.
#RIPDIRKTALAMASCA  ___Damn.  +Dirk Talamasca was one of the first people I circled on Google+, along with +J.C. Kendall - Both gone before their time. 

I'll raise a toast to you Dirk. #RIPDIRKTALAMASCA   #sundaysadness  

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2014-02-18 01:46:31 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

I'm not saying it's #aliens , but...

Courtesy of my friends at +The Replica Prop Forum

#ancientaliens #mondaymemes #aliens #memes


I'm not saying it's #aliens , but...

Courtesy of my friends at +The Replica Prop Forum

#ancientaliens #mondaymemes #aliens #memes
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2013-12-21 19:53:10 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Happy #wintersolstice   !!!
Science fact: During winter in the northern hemisphere, Earth is actually closer to the sun than during summer. It is the tilt of Earth's axis (as shown in the nifty image below) that gives us seasons. 

Learn more at: http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/javascript/song.html

#scienceeveryday   #reasonfortheseason   #solstice  

Happy #wintersolstice   !!!
Science fact: During winter in the northern hemisphere, Earth is actually closer to the sun than during summer. It is the tilt of Earth's axis (as shown in the nifty image below) that gives us seasons. 

Learn more at: http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/javascript/song.html

#scienceeveryday   #reasonfortheseason   #solstice  ___

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2013-08-13 04:17:50 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Opportunity looks a lot like hard work: 

As a fellow Iowan, I've had a lot of respect for Ashton Kutcher, despite his "frat boy" image.  In this acceptance speech, Ashton laid out three things he felt are crucial for success:

Opportunity, being sexy (hint: being smart is sexy), and living life. 

#motivationalmonday   #mondaymotivation   #ashtonkutcher  

Opportunity looks a lot like hard work: 

As a fellow Iowan, I've had a lot of respect for Ashton Kutcher, despite his "frat boy" image.  In this acceptance speech, Ashton laid out three things he felt are crucial for success:

Opportunity, being sexy (hint: being smart is sexy), and living life. 

#motivationalmonday   #mondaymotivation   #ashtonkutcher  ___

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2013-08-09 21:04:39 (4 comments; 23 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

The XKCD Guide to Meteor Showers 

Since the #perseids  Meteor Shower is this weekend, I thought sharing this handy guide from www.xkcd.com would be fitting. 

If you want to catch the Perseids, find a nice quiet (and dark) site, away from city lights. Bring some comfortable lawn chairs. If you can, use lawn/camping chairs that can lay flat, or nearly flat.  

Best viewing is after midnight local time, and you'll want to look to the north-east if you want to see the meteors originating from the "radiant" of Perseus.  That being said, try to have as much sky visible as possible, since meteors can appear from most every direction during a meteor shower. 

If you want to being a telescope or binoculars, you can view the milky way overhead, however you may want to just leave your gear at home and just enjoy the meteor shower. 

Youcan ex... more »

The XKCD Guide to Meteor Showers 

Since the #perseids  Meteor Shower is this weekend, I thought sharing this handy guide from www.xkcd.com would be fitting. 

If you want to catch the Perseids, find a nice quiet (and dark) site, away from city lights. Bring some comfortable lawn chairs. If you can, use lawn/camping chairs that can lay flat, or nearly flat.  

Best viewing is after midnight local time, and you'll want to look to the north-east if you want to see the meteors originating from the "radiant" of Perseus.  That being said, try to have as much sky visible as possible, since meteors can appear from most every direction during a meteor shower. 

If you want to being a telescope or binoculars, you can view the milky way overhead, however you may want to just leave your gear at home and just enjoy the meteor shower. 

You can expect anywhere from 40 to over 100 meteors per hour during the peak of a Meteor shower. Be patient, relax, and enjoy time away from the computer.  I've found the more relaxed and calm you are, the more meteors become visible. 

Most importantly, keep looking up! 

Fun Fact Over 100 tons of material from space burns up in our atmosphere each day! 

#perseids2013   #scienceeveryday   #meteorshower  ___

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2013-07-25 21:51:01 (19 comments; 8 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

As a costumer (and cubs fan) , this has always pissed me off.  You see fans at sports games, painted up, wearing costumes, jerseys, etc. 

Yet, the same people who do that more or less openly mock costumers at sci-fi conventions.  So dressing up like a purple viking at a football game is "cool" but dressing up like Thor isn't? 

h/t to the "Tales from the Con" comic at: http://www.chrisgcomics.com/tag/tales-from-the-con/

#comiccon   #sportsfans   #rants   #comics   #nerdhumor  

As a costumer (and cubs fan) , this has always pissed me off.  You see fans at sports games, painted up, wearing costumes, jerseys, etc. 

Yet, the same people who do that more or less openly mock costumers at sci-fi conventions.  So dressing up like a purple viking at a football game is "cool" but dressing up like Thor isn't? 

h/t to the "Tales from the Con" comic at: http://www.chrisgcomics.com/tag/tales-from-the-con/

#comiccon   #sportsfans   #rants   #comics   #nerdhumor  ___

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2013-06-18 03:04:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Episode 10 of +The Cosmic Ray Show is live!  

Join me and my guests, +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin and +James Olmos 

#hangoutsonair  

Episode 10 of +The Cosmic Ray Show is live!  

Join me and my guests, +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin and +James Olmos 

#hangoutsonair  ___

2013-06-16 22:23:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

You'll be missed +J.C. Kendall. Rest in Peace. 

I enjoyed interacting with you on many different posts here on Google+  

"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience."

--Jean de la Bruyere 
 ___You'll be missed +J.C. Kendall. Rest in Peace. 

I enjoyed interacting with you on many different posts here on Google+  

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2013-06-12 08:16:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Editing of +The Cosmic Ray Show - Episode 10 w/ +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin, and +James Olmos is coming along nicely, despite the previous post-production delays.  

New airdate will be posted soon! You won't want to miss our season finale!

#hangoutsonair   #scienceeveryday   

Editing of +The Cosmic Ray Show - Episode 10 w/ +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin, and +James Olmos is coming along nicely, despite the previous post-production delays.  

New airdate will be posted soon! You won't want to miss our season finale!

#hangoutsonair   #scienceeveryday   ___

2013-06-11 15:40:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Added photos to Virtual Star Party - 9 June, 2013.

Added photos to Virtual Star Party - 9 June, 2013.___

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2013-06-11 15:39:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Since it's #starwarstuesday , I'll share the saga of Star Wars Actor Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and his run in with the TSA over his custom-made lightsaber cane. 

#maytheforcebewithyou   #letthewookiewin  

Since it's #starwarstuesday , I'll share the saga of Star Wars Actor Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and his run in with the TSA over his custom-made lightsaber cane. 

#maytheforcebewithyou   #letthewookiewin  ___

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2013-06-10 01:23:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Spending the day cutting and editing Episode 10 of +The Cosmic Ray Show!  

We're hoping to have Episode 10 live tomorrow evening.  

In the meantime, be sure to check out tonight's +Virtual Star Party with my pals +Fraser Cain and +Scott Lewis!

#hangoutsonair   #sciencesunday   #skysunday  

Spending the day cutting and editing Episode 10 of +The Cosmic Ray Show!  

We're hoping to have Episode 10 live tomorrow evening.  

In the meantime, be sure to check out tonight's +Virtual Star Party with my pals +Fraser Cain and +Scott Lewis!

#hangoutsonair   #sciencesunday   #skysunday  ___

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2013-06-08 18:34:57 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

A while back, TSA stopped Star Wars Actor Peter Mayhew because his cane is styled like a lightsaber.  

Eventually TSA allowed Mayhew to board the plane with his cane. You can read more about Mayhew's brief run-in with TSA at the link below. 

#starwarssaturday   #letthewookiewin   #securitytheater  

A while back, TSA stopped Star Wars Actor Peter Mayhew because his cane is styled like a lightsaber.  

Eventually TSA allowed Mayhew to board the plane with his cane. You can read more about Mayhew's brief run-in with TSA at the link below. 

#starwarssaturday   #letthewookiewin   #securitytheater  ___

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2013-06-07 06:51:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I'm pretty sure a couple of the images I took of the #internationalspacestation  were distorted from not using a telescope.  

Here's a quick edit of one of them, in an attempt to "fix" it.   

I'm pretty sure a couple of the images I took of the #internationalspacestation  were distorted from not using a telescope.  

Here's a quick edit of one of them, in an attempt to "fix" it.   ___

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2013-06-07 05:04:53 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Okay folks, here it is! After last night's attempt to take video of the #internationalspacestation  was a dismal failure due to severe overexposure, I set out tonight to get some still images. 

These were done with my 80mm diameter/400mm focal length refractor telescope connected to my Canon T1i DSLR.  1/100 sec exposure at ISO200. 

This is a collage of five images, while I can't say these are the best images, they certainly are the most interesting out of the set. 

#astrophotography   #canont1i   #failureisnotanoption  

Okay folks, here it is! After last night's attempt to take video of the #internationalspacestation  was a dismal failure due to severe overexposure, I set out tonight to get some still images. 

These were done with my 80mm diameter/400mm focal length refractor telescope connected to my Canon T1i DSLR.  1/100 sec exposure at ISO200. 

This is a collage of five images, while I can't say these are the best images, they certainly are the most interesting out of the set. 

#astrophotography   #canont1i   #failureisnotanoption  ___

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2013-06-07 03:29:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

2nd attempt on the ISS tonight. Flyover was at 8:01 PM local time. 
This was a test focus image on Venus. Not bad for an 80mm diameter, 400mm focal length telescope attached to my DSLR. 

ISS pics later tonight after I process them. 

#astrophotography   #venus   #internationalspacestation  

2nd attempt on the ISS tonight. Flyover was at 8:01 PM local time. 
This was a test focus image on Venus. Not bad for an 80mm diameter, 400mm focal length telescope attached to my DSLR. 

ISS pics later tonight after I process them. 

#astrophotography   #venus   #internationalspacestation  ___

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2013-05-26 02:29:23 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

What are you doing this #memorialday  weekend?  I just got back from Spacefest V in Tucson.   Got to spend time with +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin , +Amy Shira Teitel , and my pal, +Robert Sparks 

I also got to meet and talk with Astronaut / Test Pilot Fred Haise, who flew on Apollo 13, and performed the test flights of Space Shuttle Enterprise.  Not bad for a #saturday  afternoon, right? 

#failureisnotanoption   #inspiration  

What are you doing this #memorialday  weekend?  I just got back from Spacefest V in Tucson.   Got to spend time with +Philip Plait , +Geoff Notkin , +Amy Shira Teitel , and my pal, +Robert Sparks 

I also got to meet and talk with Astronaut / Test Pilot Fred Haise, who flew on Apollo 13, and performed the test flights of Space Shuttle Enterprise.  Not bad for a #saturday  afternoon, right? 

#failureisnotanoption   #inspiration  ___

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2013-05-24 18:58:10 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Aside from being an astronomer and blogger, I'm also an avid sci-fi costumer.   I troop with the 501st legion - a charity-based Star Wars costuming organization that has raised millions of dollars for charities like +Make-A-Wish America 

Learn more about the 501st at: http://www.501st.com/

BTW I'm the trooper in the front row, just left of center. 

#funfriday   #randomaccessmemories  

Aside from being an astronomer and blogger, I'm also an avid sci-fi costumer.   I troop with the 501st legion - a charity-based Star Wars costuming organization that has raised millions of dollars for charities like +Make-A-Wish America 

Learn more about the 501st at: http://www.501st.com/

BTW I'm the trooper in the front row, just left of center. 

#funfriday   #randomaccessmemories  ___

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2013-05-24 17:52:41 (65 comments; 228 reshares; 450 +1s; )Open 

Let's start #funfriday  off right.  Since people like animated gif's here on Google+, here's a cat wielding a lightsaber. 

Want to learn more about the science of light sabers? Michio Kaku explains at: Sci Fi Science How to Build a Light Saber 1/3

h/t to +MARIA URDA for the pic. 

#forcefriday   #happyfriday   #sciencefiction  

Let's start #funfriday  off right.  Since people like animated gif's here on Google+, here's a cat wielding a lightsaber. 

Want to learn more about the science of light sabers? Michio Kaku explains at: Sci Fi Science How to Build a Light Saber 1/3

h/t to +MARIA URDA for the pic. 

#forcefriday   #happyfriday   #sciencefiction  ___

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2013-05-20 18:48:32 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Yesterday I posted a clip of a science experiment gone horribly right. Currently the post ( https://plus.google.com/u/0/107935490847186075336/posts/cdwiAzcy76r ) has over 3000 +1's, and almost 1500 reshares. You could say the post is blowing up on Google+  YEAAAAAAH!

I'm very pleased to see such great responses to science content. Thank you for adding me to your circles. 

#scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #mondaymotivation  

Yesterday I posted a clip of a science experiment gone horribly right. Currently the post ( https://plus.google.com/u/0/107935490847186075336/posts/cdwiAzcy76r ) has over 3000 +1's, and almost 1500 reshares. You could say the post is blowing up on Google+  YEAAAAAAH!

I'm very pleased to see such great responses to science content. Thank you for adding me to your circles. 

#scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #mondaymotivation  ___

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2013-05-20 01:25:34 (411 comments; 1,777 reshares; 3,222 +1s; )Open 

Apparently this is what happens when you mix toothpaste potassium iodide, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide? Can any chemistry folks confirm/deny?  

Update: This is known as "Elephant Toothpaste" in chemistry circles.  http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/elephanttooth.htm
 
#sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #donttrythisathome   #donttrythisatschool  

Apparently this is what happens when you mix toothpaste potassium iodide, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide? Can any chemistry folks confirm/deny?  

Update: This is known as "Elephant Toothpaste" in chemistry circles.  http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistrydemonstrations/a/elephanttooth.htm
 
#sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #donttrythisathome   #donttrythisatschool  ___

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2013-05-13 17:09:41 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Hey folks!  

Have you seen this video of +Chris Hadfield performing "Space Oddity" aboard the #internationalspacestation ?  

Chris is doing AMAZING things, and inspiring people, which makes me very happy.  Take a few minutes and check the video out to get your #musicmonday started right!

#beremarkable   #scienceeveryday   #musiceveryday  

Hey folks!  

Have you seen this video of +Chris Hadfield performing "Space Oddity" aboard the #internationalspacestation ?  

Chris is doing AMAZING things, and inspiring people, which makes me very happy.  Take a few minutes and check the video out to get your #musicmonday started right!

#beremarkable   #scienceeveryday   #musiceveryday  ___

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2013-04-30 16:19:24 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The first web page on the internet has been resurrected!

That's right folks, the folks at +CERN have restored the very first page on the internet.  You can learn more at the link below.  

Note: The page is loading a little slow. Be patient.

#teachtheweb   #internet   #websurfing   #firstwebsite  

The first web page on the internet has been resurrected!

That's right folks, the folks at +CERN have restored the very first page on the internet.  You can learn more at the link below.  

Note: The page is loading a little slow. Be patient.

#teachtheweb   #internet   #websurfing   #firstwebsite  ___

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2013-04-22 22:28:46 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan

#earthday   #palebluedot  

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan

#earthday   #palebluedot  ___

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2013-04-19 23:27:39 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Just a little something for all my plusketeers to think about during Global Astronomy Month. Enjoy!

#calvinandhobbes   #darkskies   #gam2013   #funfriday  

Just a little something for all my plusketeers to think about during Global Astronomy Month. Enjoy!

#calvinandhobbes   #darkskies   #gam2013   #funfriday  ___

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2013-03-29 23:07:30 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

My quick "fan art" photoshop job on the "Losing The Dark" promo poster got shared by +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association 
I guess this counts as my usual friday light pollution post, AND a #funfriday    post!  Bonus! 

May the force (and dark skies) be with you! 

#lightpollution   #losingthedark   #starwarseveryday  

And this is the 'real' reason we need to stop light pollution from blocking our view of the sky!

Fan art from Ray Sanders (aka Dear Astronomer and The Cosmic Ray Show) of "Losing the Dark"

Even more reason to watch, share, and download our "Losing the Dark" http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/taking-losing-the-dark-global

Share it if you like it!___My quick "fan art" photoshop job on the "Losing The Dark" promo poster got shared by +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association 
I guess this counts as my usual friday light pollution post, AND a #funfriday    post!  Bonus! 

May the force (and dark skies) be with you! 

#lightpollution   #losingthedark   #starwarseveryday  

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2013-03-18 18:42:42 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Space and Sci-Fi Fans:


I couldn't resist sharing this vintage Celestron Telescope ad featuring Leonard Nimoy. 

Space and Sci-Fi Fans:


I couldn't resist sharing this vintage Celestron Telescope ad featuring Leonard Nimoy. ___

2013-03-17 23:41:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Did you know?

It is physically impossible to have a green star!

#stpatricksday #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday

Did you know?

It is physically impossible to have a green star!

#stpatricksday #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday___

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2013-02-28 23:14:24 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

1973 Plymouth Duster

My first car was a 1973 Plymouth Duster.  I got it for free from my friend's dad - he had several non-working cars in his backyard, and a nasty-gram from the city.  

Since the car had sat under the Arizona sun for close to ten years, I had to replace every hose, gasket, belt, bushing, and really any piece of rubber on the entire car. The radiator, water pump, brakes and clutch were shot too. Luckily I'd been working on cars since I was old enough to turn a wrench. 

My Duster wasn't particularly sexy, but with it's 318 c.i V-8 and "three on the tree" manual transmission, it really hauled ass. With bench seats in the front and rear, we could fit about 8 people in the car, which made me really popular in high school when the drive-in theater charged by the car load instead of per person.  The very spacious trunk couldhold... more »

1973 Plymouth Duster

My first car was a 1973 Plymouth Duster.  I got it for free from my friend's dad - he had several non-working cars in his backyard, and a nasty-gram from the city.  

Since the car had sat under the Arizona sun for close to ten years, I had to replace every hose, gasket, belt, bushing, and really any piece of rubber on the entire car. The radiator, water pump, brakes and clutch were shot too. Luckily I'd been working on cars since I was old enough to turn a wrench. 

My Duster wasn't particularly sexy, but with it's 318 c.i V-8 and "three on the tree" manual transmission, it really hauled ass. With bench seats in the front and rear, we could fit about 8 people in the car, which made me really popular in high school when the drive-in theater charged by the car load instead of per person.  The very spacious trunk could hold quite a few coolers and inner tubes, so trips to the local lakes, and tubing on the Salt River were frequent excursions (often during class). 

I had set out to do a complete restoration on the car after I graduated high school, but a $10/hr part-time PC tech job didn't really begin to fund such a restoration. So, I wound up selling the car to a collector.  To be honest, I regret selling it, and have been trying to find a "running" Duster for a while now.  

They say you never forget your first love...  

#MyFirstWheels   #throwbackthursday  ___

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2013-02-25 17:28:38 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

+Project Glass: If I had glass, $1,500 and a ticket to L.A I could show everyone the universe. #ifihadglass  

+Project Glass: If I had glass, $1,500 and a ticket to L.A I could show everyone the universe. #ifihadglass  ___

2013-02-21 23:35:12 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

BEST. TWEET. EVER. 

LeVar Burton (@levarburton):  #ifihadglass  It would be a downgrade. -Geordi La Forge

BEST. TWEET. EVER. 

LeVar Burton (@levarburton):  #ifihadglass  It would be a downgrade. -Geordi La Forge___

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2013-02-21 20:55:48 (22 comments; 17 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Spotted this morning during the snowstorm in the midwest.

#starwars   #midwestweather  

Spotted this morning during the snowstorm in the midwest.

#starwars   #midwestweather  ___

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2013-02-20 21:54:46 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Whoever came up with the phrase "a snowball's chance in hell" needs to visit Arizona today - specifically sunny Tucson. 

#arizonablizzard  

Whoever came up with the phrase "a snowball's chance in hell" needs to visit Arizona today - specifically sunny Tucson. 

#arizonablizzard  ___

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2013-02-18 14:50:04 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Astronomy Students:  

Are you looking to gain valuable research experience in Astronomy? Would you like to do research at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory? 

If so, check out the 2013 CUREA program.  The two-week program provides education on performing astronomy research, as well as tours of the Mt. Wilson facilities, JPL facilities, and Griffith Observatory. 

To learn more, or to apply, visit the link below. 

Astronomy Students:  

Are you looking to gain valuable research experience in Astronomy? Would you like to do research at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory? 

If so, check out the 2013 CUREA program.  The two-week program provides education on performing astronomy research, as well as tours of the Mt. Wilson facilities, JPL facilities, and Griffith Observatory. 

To learn more, or to apply, visit the link below. ___

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2013-02-15 21:31:08 (21 comments; 16 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Wonder what it would look like if #2012da14  hit the Earth? 

Look no further than Meteor Crater, in Northern Arizona!  

Estimates place the size of the object that hit about 50,000 years ago at around 50 meters - roughly the same size as 2012DA14. The crater is over a kilometer wide, and about half a kilometer deep.  

Learn more at: http://www.meteorcrater.com/

Wonder what it would look like if #2012da14  hit the Earth? 

Look no further than Meteor Crater, in Northern Arizona!  

Estimates place the size of the object that hit about 50,000 years ago at around 50 meters - roughly the same size as 2012DA14. The crater is over a kilometer wide, and about half a kilometer deep.  

Learn more at: http://www.meteorcrater.com/___

2013-02-12 02:26:45 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I love a thin crescent moon.
Specifically, I enjoy seeing the dim disk of Earthshine, and spectacular shadows that are visible in a telescope.

Look to the west, and you might see what I'm talking about.

What's your favorite lunar phase, and why?

I love a thin crescent moon.
Specifically, I enjoy seeing the dim disk of Earthshine, and spectacular shadows that are visible in a telescope.

Look to the west, and you might see what I'm talking about.

What's your favorite lunar phase, and why?___

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2013-02-04 06:54:12 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

If you missed the hijinks +Nicole Gugliucci , +Thad Szabo and myself had during tonight's +Virtual Star Party ( at Grumpy Cat +Scott Lewis's expense), check out the archive video at:  Virtual Star Party -- 03 Feb, 2013

#hangoutsonair   #mylittlepony   #grumpycat  

___If you missed the hijinks +Nicole Gugliucci , +Thad Szabo and myself had during tonight's +Virtual Star Party ( at Grumpy Cat +Scott Lewis's expense), check out the archive video at:  Virtual Star Party -- 03 Feb, 2013

#hangoutsonair   #mylittlepony   #grumpycat  

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2013-02-03 01:17:31 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

In the studio this evening, working on something pretty awesome. Stay tuned!

In the studio this evening, working on something pretty awesome. Stay tuned!___

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2013-01-28 18:01:58 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Motivational thought for the day:  

+Marvel Entertainment figurehead +Stan Lee is 90 years old.
Stan co-created the Spider-Man comic when he was 40 years old.  

As a "non-traditional" college student approaching 40, this inspires me greatly.  

On a side note, Stan is one of the classiest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege of meeting.

Excelsior! 

#motivationalmonday  

Motivational thought for the day:  

+Marvel Entertainment figurehead +Stan Lee is 90 years old.
Stan co-created the Spider-Man comic when he was 40 years old.  

As a "non-traditional" college student approaching 40, this inspires me greatly.  

On a side note, Stan is one of the classiest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege of meeting.

Excelsior! 

#motivationalmonday  ___

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2013-01-23 23:33:12 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Just a bit of humor to lighten your day. Apparently +NASA is continuing their search for a planet capable of supporting NASA. 

#wackywednesday   #wokkawokkawednesday  

Just a bit of humor to lighten your day. Apparently +NASA is continuing their search for a planet capable of supporting NASA. 

#wackywednesday   #wokkawokkawednesday  ___

2013-01-22 01:32:47 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

If you have clear skies tonight, you should go outside and take a look at the moon. Jupiter is VERY near by. 

#sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #jupiter  

If you have clear skies tonight, you should go outside and take a look at the moon. Jupiter is VERY near by. 

#sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #jupiter  ___

2013-01-14 02:02:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Tonight's +Virtual Star Party is starting in a few!   I'll be popping in shortly for some quick views from the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope. 

Join us! #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  

It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Join +Fraser Cain and a team of astronomers as they explore the night sky with telescopes streaming into a live Google+ Hangout. We should be able to see Jupiter, maybe a thin sliver of the Moon, if we're lucky, and a whole range of wonderful deep sky objects.

We'll even take requests. :-)

Here's a link to last week's star party if you're wondering what it's all about.
Virtual Star Party - Jan 6, 2013: One Year Anniversary Edition

This explainer video will be replaced with the live video when we're about to start. Also, remember that the start time can be a little rough, it's tough to get everything lined up perfectly to start at 6 PST sharp.___Tonight's +Virtual Star Party is starting in a few!   I'll be popping in shortly for some quick views from the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope. 

Join us! #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  

2013-01-14 00:48:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Added photos to Virtual Star Party - Jan. 13, 2013.

Added photos to Virtual Star Party - Jan. 13, 2013.___

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2013-01-13 23:43:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Thought I'd get a picture with the VATT before the temps got really cold, and the observing run got started. 

Thought I'd get a picture with the VATT before the temps got really cold, and the observing run got started. ___

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2013-01-13 22:56:11 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The weather is looking good for me to join tonight's +Virtual Star Party with +Fraser Cain , +Scott Lewis, +Thad Szabo and +Pamela Gay 

I'll be sharing some quick views from the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.  Should be able to drop in for about 15-20 minutes.  

Have to make up for lost time since we had to shut down early last night on account of extreme cold. 

The weather is looking good for me to join tonight's +Virtual Star Party with +Fraser Cain , +Scott Lewis, +Thad Szabo and +Pamela Gay 

I'll be sharing some quick views from the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.  Should be able to drop in for about 15-20 minutes.  

Have to make up for lost time since we had to shut down early last night on account of extreme cold. ___

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2013-01-13 00:34:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Safe and sound atop Mt. Graham in the control room for the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.  

Hopefully, I'll be able to share a few images from the scope with tomorrow night's +Virtual Star Party 

Safe and sound atop Mt. Graham in the control room for the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope.  

Hopefully, I'll be able to share a few images from the scope with tomorrow night's +Virtual Star Party ___

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