Motivation Monday: Keeping Your 2016 Resolution

With the coming of the new year, it’s time to work on all those resolutions that we just made a few days ago. Some of them may have been made after a few drinks and are just unrealistic, others were made with a vision of a great future and are optimistic. Either way, they are hard to keep. It’s easy to see the end point of a difficult task, to imagine how we will feel if we succeed, and when we do this, it’s easy to forget how difficult the road will be. We often overestimate our ability to make...

2015: A Calendar Year of Blogging

This is it, my 365th post of 2015.  I didn’t post every day, but I produced one post for each and every day.  Some days I was on vacation, with family, having adventures, sick, tired, working, or any of a hundred other reasons for not posting.  But regardless of the reason, I took the day, got up the next day, and worked extra hard to keep up with it.  This is the first time I have ever completed a New Year’s Resolution, and it was certainly an ambitious one. Maybe my writing has improved, and maybe it hasn’t, but 2015...

Venus and Jupiter Hit the Bullseye

For the last few months, Venus and Jupiter have been visible in the night sky.  Venus makes it’s usual 584 day cycle, becoming an ‘evening star’ once again, reaching far from the Sun in the West, while still following our central star.  Jupiter has slowly worked its way westward over the past few months, due more in part to Earth’s orbit than Jupiter’s.  Finally, the long-awaited conjunction of the planets is nigh, and it offers the best views and photographic opportunities of the year for professional and amateur astronomers alike. What is the brightest object in the sky? The Sun...

Ceres Like the Moon, Mercury

It’s coming up fast.  The March 6th orbital injection of the Dawn spacecraft about the dwarf planet Ceres is set to be an incredible event.  The latest photos show a much more detailed Ceres that we have seen previously.   The newest images reveal that Ceres is a rocky, cratered world, not unlike the Moon or Mercury.  Still, we have yet to determine the origins of the bright spots on the surface. Just over two weeks from now the world will see an unmasked Ceres.