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?
So, here we are. A few days back in California, I asked a few people how they were a year ago. Well, on the upside, one thing that I have learned is the triviality in organizing events of one's life in boxes of "years", maybe birthdays could make more sense. I wanted to say how … Continue reading Re: MMXVII
I saw stars through my ceiling, Below our moon, they were sitting In my mind they were calling. The autumn leaf and the swirling wind were my finger’s relative. Maybe here I am, so we never again separate. ⋯ I could not see where it began. I could not conjure afar I am afar. I … Continue reading Sleepless Hearts, #1 (ENG – CHN)
Another very short one. I just printed out my last assignment of the week, and decided to spend another few minutes writing (personally) before I head for a Café (to grab a non-caffeinated drink alone, of course), and hopefully finish the problem set soon after. Bay Area's temperature broke historical records this weekend (39 degrees … Continue reading Naming the Stars