Every 13 or 33 years in May the planet Mercury wanders across the Earth’s view of the Sun. (This also happens in November, every 7, 13 or 33 years.) This event is called a transit and is extremely important in Astronomy. The Transit of Venus, for example, was used to calculate the size of our solar system and looking for the slight dimming of distant stars caused by transiting planets is how we Continue reading Transit of Mercury
For years we had a portable fire bowl. It traveled with us from events all over the southeast to weddings in new england, it warmed cool nights and solidified friendships. But after ten years of collecting rainfall, bouncing around on a trailer and burning a small forest worth of firewood, our little copper clad fire bowl simply wore out. We wanted something permanent here at the house, a fire pit we could host parties around or simply enjoy a cool evening for the two of us. .. mission accomplished.
Finally! It’s warm enough outside in the evening to stand around and stare at the stars. Continue reading Early spring at the telescope