2 hours have been sunk in post fx and retouching already, and I think it is good to post this here now. What did it take, waking up at 5:30 am after 90 min of planning the night prior, to capture a shadow cast by a sphere of iron and silicate millions of miles away … Continue reading [Photo Story] 2019 Mercury Transit
So I snapped this photo from my backyard earlier. Pretty nifty I'd say. The bland solar surface suggests the coming of a new solar minimum ... which is the second in my lifetime, and I'm far too inexperienced to remark more on. Other than the sun, the star that humanity has the most detailed photo … Continue reading [To Scale] The Sun and Betelgeuse
If you like scrolling you might enjoy the previous feature: solar-earth light ray diagram to scale. In the spirit of that, and to answer some general complaints, "Why is the photo so blurry!?"... Here's me attempting to put our first black hole portrait to human scales. Of course, this time it's utterly impossible to put … Continue reading [To Scale] That Black Hole Picture
I guess you know the drill by now. Round earth with a moon whizzing around, and the pair occasionally block sunlight from each other. Neat stuff. Do you want to see an actual ray diagram of that? Yes! Well, I drew one in Adobe Illustrator, and then converted it to html. Edit: WP Does not … Continue reading What Does it (really) Take for an ECLIPSE?
A few days back on Zhihu.com at home, there was an astronomy question that made it onto the "Trending Q&A" list (quite impressive for my homeland), "What is the most frightening celestial object known to science?" Not surprisingly, in the scientifically literate answers -- many of which I might be interested in covering in the … Continue reading What is the Most Frightening Celestial Object?
Welcome to the Nebulous Future An Introduction to Complex Systems A Speech at Toastmasters, February 21st, 2018 Toastmaster, members and guests, good evening. [Newton's Dream] Around three hundred years ago, after setting the foundations of Calculus (ahem), Sir Isaac Newton wrote down his three laws of motion. First - A body will stay at rest … Continue reading Welcome to the Nebulous Future: Speech at Toastmasters on Campus
It's a nice day looking out, There's squawk in the distance. A being sits by the glass, through another, it grasped a cup of water, it swirled like galaxies: one born out of another. . The entire history of all we comprehend as cosmos elapses. . it took a sip. It's a nice day looking … Continue reading ‘Cosmos’